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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 over 310,000 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:


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

77 Schools

Total Enrollment – 57,801*

*Official count from September 30, 2018


Students Receiving Special Services FY17

Attendance Rate FY17

ESOL Program FY17

Gifted and Talented Program FY17

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

Graduation Rate FY17: 92.3%*

*4-year adjusted cohort

Class of 2017

Per Pupil Expenditure FY18

Operating Budget FY18

Capital Budget FY18

Our Staff FY17

Staff Race/Ethnicity* FY18

*Total is >100% due to rounding

Our Classrooms

Class Size Targets

Ratio of computers to students: 1:2

Classrooms with Internet access: 100%

Additional information can be found in the 2017-18 Profile of the HCPSS (PDF)

Equal Opportunity

The Howard County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy/Girl Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Equity Assurance Manager
Howard County Public School System
10910 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-313-6654 (phone)
410-313-1645 (fax)

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.