Black Student Achievement Program

The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) works in closing the achievement gap evident in the patterns of data between black students and the student population at large. Over the years the BSAP, established in 1986, has been a valuable resource to the school system, black students, their parents and the community. Through a coordinated system of services, BSAP guides black students to develop education, career and personal/social competencies.

Upcoming Events

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County (TCOE) – Celebration of Academic Excellence

Students who have met the requirements were mailed a letter with a special invitation. If you have any questions about your child’s participation in this celebration, contact the BSAP office.

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County (TCOE) in collaboration with the Howard County Public School System has invited parents and their child to a Celebration of Academic Excellence which publicly acknowledges and honors Black & African–American students who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance in Mathematics, Language Arts and/or Science.

This year’s Celebration of Academic Excellence will honor students who are currently in grades 4 – 9 and have achieved one or more of the following levels of academic success in the 2014-2015 school year:

  • Received a grade of “A” or “B” for Mathematics in each of the four marking periods
  • Received a grade of “A” or “B” for Language Arts in each of the four marking periods
  • Scored Advanced on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) for Science (5th grade only).

Find the date and location your child will receive his/her award. All celebrations will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

  1. Locate the school your child is currently attending for the date and location of your child’s celebration.
  2. Please arrive at the designated school by 6:30 p.m. so that your child can be prepared for the opening processional, which will begin at 7:00 p.m.
  3. Children who arrive late may miss the opportunity to walk with their schools.

We look forward to seeing you on the scheduled night for your child’s Celebration.

Previous Events

BSAP College and Career Opportunity Night


The ultimate goal of the HCPSS BSAP is to help black students excel as leaders, conquer challenges of the 21st century and become college and career ready upon high school graduation. BSAP staff encourage students and parents to strive for:

  • Report card grades B or above in all courses
  • Enrollment in G/T and AP classes
  • Enrollment in SAT prep courses
  • Exceeding passing scores on each HSA test
  • Zero disciplinary referrals
  • Involvement in clubs and/or athletic teams
  • Involvement in community service

Six Ps

BSAP students follow the 6 Ps:

  1. Proud – Feel great satisfaction when you have achieved your goal.
  2. Prompt – Be on time without delay.
  3. Persistent – Never give up when things seem difficult.
  4. Productive – Always produce quality work.
  5. Polite – Show good manners towards others in behavior and speech.
  6. Prepared – Be organized, equipped and ready to learn.