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About Us

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Howard County, Maryland is a suburban community of over 285,000 situated midway along the Baltimore-Washington corridor. It is a county of contrasts - a blend of old and new, urban and rural, historical and progressive. The county's borders encompass Ellicott City, one of the country's oldest towns, and Columbia, a planned community conceived and designed 40 years ago by The Rouse Company.

Read more about us and our graduating students:

5-Year Strategic Plan

Mission And Goals

Mission

Vision

We cultivate a vibrant learning community that prepares students to thrive in a dynamic world.

Every student is inspired to learn and empowered to excel.

Goals

Guiding Principles

Goal 1: Students

Every student achieves academic excellence in an inspiring, engaging, and supportive environment.

We believe in...

  • Achieving excellence in all we do
  • Developing each student's unique gifts
  • Engaging students in relevant, experiential, and personalized learning
  • Cultivating creative problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation
  • Promoting integrity, civility, and global citizenship
  • Enriching learning by honoring our diversity
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration, trust, and shared responsibility
  • Removing barriers to success

Goal 2: Staff

Every staff member is engaged, supported, and successful.

Goal 3: Families and the Community

Families and the community are engaged and supported as partners in education.

Goal 4: Organization

Schools are supported by world-class organizational practices.

Additional Information

76 Schools

Students Receiving Special Services (2012-13)

  • 41 elementary schools
  • 20 middle schools
  • 12 high schools
  •  3 education centers
  • Limited English Proficient - ≤ 5.0%
  • Free/Reduced Lunch - 18.9%
  • Special Education - 8.6%

Total Enrollment - 51,681*

Attendance Rate (2012-13)

  • (PreK-5) - 24,445
  • Middle (6-8) - 11,890
  • High (9-12) - 16,378
  • Special School - 93

*Official count does not included PreK

  • Elementary - 96%
  • Middle - 96%
  • High - 95%

Race/Ethnicity

Graduation Rate: 93.3%

  • American Indian/Alaskan - 0.2%
  • Asian - 18.4%
  • Black/African American - 21.6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander - 0.1%
  • Hispanic - 9.1%
  • White - 44.4%
  • Two or more races - 6.3%
  • 4-year adjusted cohort

Per Pupil Expenditure FY 2014

  • $78.38 per day/$14,108 per year
Please Note: This information and more may also be found in the 2013-14 Profile of the HCPSS pdf doc icon

 

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