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HCPSS Strategic Call to Action

Learning and Leading With Equity

Find out more about the HCPSS strategic plan.

Howard County, Maryland is a suburban community of more than 323,000 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 50 years ago by The Rouse Company.

A great community deserves great schools, and the Howard County Public School System is a recognized source of local pride. The school system consistently ranks among Maryland’s top school districts based on student performance on state assessments. Howard County students score above the national averages on standardized tests.

Read more about us and our graduating students:

Vision

Every student and staff member embraces diversity and possesses the skills, knowledge and confidence to positively influence the larger community.

Mission

HCPSS ensures academic success and social-emotional well-being for each student in an inclusive and nurturing environment that closes opportunity gaps.

Four Overarching Commitments:

Additional Information

77 Schools

Total Enrollment – 57,293*

*Official count from September 30, 2020

Race/Ethnicity FY21

Students Receiving Special Services FY20

Attendance Rate FY19

Gifted and Talented Program FY20

Percentage of students who have participated in a wide variety of Gifted and Talented Education Program offerings:

** Primary Talent Development programming delivered to all students in K–Grade 1.

Graduation Rate FY19: 93.0%*

*4-year adjusted cohort

Class of 2020

Per Pupil Expenditure FY21

Operating Budget FY21

Capital Budget FY21

Our Staff

Data as of 10/15/20. Includes staff on long-term leave.
*Does not include vacancies (available to fill or unallocated) as of 10/15/2020).

Staff Diversity*

*Proportion self-identifying in minority groups. Employees not declaring race/ethnicity are reported to MSDE as “all races/ethnicities.” They are represented in these figures as diverse.

Our Classrooms

Class Size Targets

Classrooms with internet access: 100%