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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 – Opening of Elementary School #42

In August 2018, HCPSS will open Elementary School #42 in Hanover. Attendance area adjustments are necessary to open this school. Additionally, school boundary adjustments at the elementary school level may be considered in other areas of Howard County.

Two community forums were held in April 2017 to inform residents of the school boundary process, discuss Policy 6010, and gather input on concerns, ideas that residents have.

Learn more about the forums →

Process Overview

Feasibility Study

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, and a survey is available to all members of the public.

Board of Education Approval Process

The Board of Education reviews recommendations and decides whether to approve the school attendance areas.

Learn more about the Redistricting Process

Contact Us

Renée Kamen, AICP
Office of School Planning
10910 Clarksville Pike (Route 108)
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-313-7184; 410-313-6890 (F)


Construction Projects

The school system considers construction projects carefully as each project goes through a myriad of stages from concept to completion. Parents and community members may follow each of our major construction projects as they move through the stages of the process.

View currently active and recently completed construction projects →

Students entering Bushey Park Elementary School