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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 330,000 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 more than 55 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.

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


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

78 Schools

Total Enrollment – 57,633*

*Official count from September 30, 2023

Race/Ethnicity FY24

Students Receiving Special Services FY23

Attendance Rate FY22

Gifted and Talented Program FY23

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 FY22: 94.59%*

*4-year adjusted cohort

Class of 2023

Per Pupil Budgeted Expenditure FY24

Operating Budget FY24

Capital Budget FY24

Our Staff

Data as of 10/15/23. Includes staff on long-term leave.
*Does not include vacancies (available to fill or unallocated) as of 10/15/2023).

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

Ratio of devices to students

Grade Ratio Device location
PreK + home
PreK–2 * school
3-5 1:2 school
6-12 1:1 home/school

+ as requested
*Number of devices are equal to the PreK–2 largest grade level, and are shared by those three grades, as needed.