Planning the HCPSS School Attendance Areas
The Office of School Planning is responsible for projecting student enrollment, planning for infrastructure needs, developing school boundary studies and studying attendance area adjustments, and writing the school system’s annual feasibility study.
To ensure school capacities are balanced based on actual and projected growth in Howard County’s and added school infrastructure, the Office of School Planning facilitates the school boundary adjustment process. The Board of Education approves all changes in Attendance Areas.
School boundary adjustments can be considered by the Board of Education based Policy 6010. Considerations include the following
- A new school or addition opening in the district
- School attendance area populations are outside the target utilization
- An existing facility is significantly damaged, deemed unusable or otherwise scheduled to close.
- The program capacity of a school building is altered.
- An unforeseen circumstance necessitates an adjustment to promote efficiency or provide for the welfare of students.
2018-19 Planned School Boundary Adjustments
On June 22, 2017, School Planning staff presented the 2017 Feasibility Study. This study forms the foundation of the capital improvement program. This study recommended that the Board of Education to 1) start the boundary study process in 2017; and 2) allow the Superintendent to form the Attendance Area Committee.
The boundary studies include all school levels, elementary, middle and high school.
Attendance Area Committee meetings are held weekly; regional meetings and public hearings will also be held. Surveys have been made available to staff, families and members of the public.
Attendance Area Committee (AAC) requests stakeholder feedback
The Office of School Planning, on behalf of the Attendance Area Committee (AAC), is requesting stakeholder feedback to a draft scenario that was developed as an alternative to the 2017 Feasibility Study. The AAC’s survey on the draft plan will remain open through Sunday, August 20. Committee members wish to gather additional ideas from the community prior to developing a final recommendation for the Interim Superintendent. The AAC recommendation to the Interim Superintendent will be presented to the public on September 12 and 13, 2017.
The scenario can be found under the August 8, 2017 section of the AAC process page.
Each year, the Board of Education reviews capital planning options and redistricting scenarios through a feasibility study.
Opportunity for Feedback
Attendance Area Committee meetings are held weekly, regional meetings and public hearings will be held. Several surveys have been made available to staff, families and members of the public.
Board of Education Approval Process
The Board of Education reviews recommendations and decides whether to approve the school attendance areas.
Planning Polygon Map
2016-2017 Attendance Area Maps
School and Bus Locator
Renée Kamen, AICP
Office of School Planning
10910 Clarksville Pike (Route 108)
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-313-7184; 410-313-6890 (F)