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Innovative Pathways Evening Program

The Innovative Pathways Program provides course offerings for students seeking course credit in support of individualized student goals centered around academic opportunity.

Evening School Program Contact

NOTE: Please use email for a faster response. Phone messages will be returned the following school day.

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The Innovative Pathways Evening Program provides educational services through Evening School for current grade 9-12 students:

  • Seeking to recover credit for missed/failed courses.
  • Interested in taking additional classes to advance their studies.
  • Who are on long-term suspension or who have been expelled from school but are under 18 years of age.

All Innovative Pathways (IP) Evening Program courses are taught using a virtual or in-person instructional model with an HCPSS teacher one to three days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) with additional online coursework completed outside of class time. The IP Evening Program schedule, which includes two period per night and semester, allows students to access more than one course per academic school year.

School year 2021-2022 Evening Program courses will be delivered virtually through Google Meet instructional lessons or in-person and all courses will require online assignments through Canvas. Please review the Parent/Student Handbook and Course Listings below:

Please note that courses will only run where there is sufficient enrollment. Students and parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible for any course(s) where this does not occur.

Program Information


Current Grades 9-12


  • Courses meet 1 – 3 days per week and are dependent upon course instructional format and curricular schedule
  • When HCPSS schools are closed to students during the regular school day, there is no Evening Program that day.

Original Credit Courses – Fall Semester:

  • 1.0 credit
    • Semester 1: October 12 – January 20
  • 0.5 credit
    • Health or Lifetime Fitness
    • Session 1: October 12 – November 18
    • Session 2: November 30 – January 20

No Fall Semester classes on 11/4, 11/23-25, 12/23, 12/28-30

Original Credit Courses – Spring Semester:

  • 1.0 credit
    • Semester 2: January 25 – May 26
  • 0.5 credit
    • Health or Lifetime Fitness
    • Session 1: January 25 – March 3
    • Session 2: March 29 – May 12

No Spring Semester classes on 2/1, 4/12 – 4/14, 5/3

Credit Recovery Courses (Year-long):

  • 1.0 credit
    • Semester 1: October 12 – January 20

      • No Fall Semester classes on 11/4, 11/23-25, 12/23, 12/28-30
    • Semester 2: January 25 – May 26
      • No Spring Semester classes on 2/1, 4/12 – 4/14, 5/3


For all virtual course offerings information will be provided through Canvas for Google Meet sessions and Course Schedules. For In-Person courses:

  • Credit Recovery – The Homewood Center
    • 10914 MD-108, Ellicott City, MD 21042
  • Original Credit – Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL)
    • 10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042


Original Credit:

  • $325 (0.5 credit)
  • $550 (1.0 credit)
  • $800 (CRD II + SBWE)

Credit Recovery:

  • No Cost


Transportation is available for all In-person courses from the following Cluster Stop locations to The Homewood Center and the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL). Cluster Stop locations should be selected during the course request/registration process where appropriate, and “Student will provide their own transportation” should be selected when selecting an In-Person course and IP Evening School Program transportation will not be utilized.

  • Hammond High School
  • Long Reach High School
  • Oakland Mills High School
  • The Columbia Mall

Students electing to utilize IP Evening School Program Transportation Cluster Stops will receive further information regarding times and other transportation logistics and requirements.

Registration and Enrollment

Registration Windows

  • Wednesday, August 11 (9:00 a.m.)
    • Registration opens for counselors and parents for Fall Semester courses
  • Friday, September 24 (5:00 p.m.)
    • Registration Closes for Counselors and Parents
  • Monday, October 25 (7:00 a.m.)
    • Registration re-opens for counselors for Credit Recovery course requests only
  • Monday, November 29 (7:00 a.m.)
    • Registration opens for counselors and parents for Spring Semester courses
  • Friday, January 7 (5:00 p.m)
    • Registration Closes for Counselors and Parents
  • Monday, February 7 – Friday, February 18
    • Final registration window open to counselors only for Credit Recovery

Summer Program

Registration for the 2022 Innovative Pathways High School Summer School Program will open in the Spring of 2022.

More information can be found on the HCPSS Summer Programs webpage.

Submitting Enrollment Requests

Enrollment requests can be made by a parent, guardian, school counselor or achievement liaison. Before submitting an enrollment request online, please review the program descriptions, dates, times and locations.

Online requests are submitted through the Synergy Parent Portal at the HCPSS Connect web page. Review this guide on how to register for programs.

Course Placement

Enrollment requests will be reviewed after the enrollment deadline has been reached. Program administrators will place students in courses based on course availability and when there are more requests than available spaces, will prioritize enrollments by grade level and academic need. Enrollment status (enrolled or waitlisted) will be communicated after the registration window has closed and course placement has been completed.

All enrollment requests are PENDING until HCPSS has completed program placement and full tuition is paid. Enrollment requests DO NOT guarantee placement in a program.


Payments and Financial Assistance


Parents/guardians will be notified when a student has been enrolled in a class. Payments should then be made to keep the enrollment.

Once enrolled, you will receive an invoice from MySchoolBucks outlining the program /course fees for each student. You do NOT HAVE to make payment through MySchoolBucks – there are two methods of payment for courses listed below.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Note: Please use email for a faster response. Phone messages will be returned the following school day.

After 10 days past due, the enrollment may be removed. Payments will be accepted in the following manner:

  • Online: Payments will be available to be made through MySchoolBucks
  • Mail: Download the Registration Payment Form and return the completed form with a check or money order payable to Howard County Public School System to:

    Attn: Innovative Pathways
    10910 Clarksville Pike
    Ellicott City, MD 21042

  • On-site payments will be taken in-person at the Homewood Center in the Front Office during program implementation hours. When dropping off payments, masks must be worn and social distancing protocols will need to be followed.

NOTE: If an alternate form of payment is needed, please contact the program directly to discuss payment options.

Returned Checks

Checks returned by the bank due to insufficient funds will be assessed a charge. If payment is not received in full, the unpaid amount will become a debt and will be entered as an outstanding obligation at your child’s school. All obligations must be satisfied prior to graduation. The HCPSS Finance Office has contracted with Envision Payment Solutions, Inc. for the electronic collection of check payments. If the check is returned unpaid, Envision Payment Solutions, Inc. will assess a $35 fee allowed by Maryland state law and charged as an electronic fund transfer.

Financial Assistance

Students who currently receive Free and Reduced Price Meal services (FARMs) will have a 50 percent tuition reduction applied automatically upon verification – no application is required.

Parents/guardians who do not qualify for FARMs but are experiencing a documented financial hardship, or who are unable to afford tuition after the automatic FARMs status-based discounts, may complete a Financial Assistance Application. Financial hardships include unemployment of a parent or guardian, pending foreclosure or eviction and medical hardship. The Financial Assistance Committee will review the completed applications and notify parents/guardians if additional tuition reduction will be applied.

Financial Assistance Applications will be accepted in the following manner (please only submit ONE version):

Withdrawl and Refund Requests

Prior to enrollment, a parent/guardian or school counselor may submit a registration withdrawal request either online through HCPSS Connect Synergy or during on-site registration. See details on how to Request Withdrawal from Evening Programs.

Tuition paid by cash, check, or money order will be refunded in the form of a check mailed to the issuer once the Refund Form is processed. Refunds by check may take 4–6 weeks to process. Tuition paid by credit card will be refunded to the credit card in accordance with the credit card company’s refund procedure less the service charge.

For the Fall 2021 Semester, withdraw / refund requests will only be accepted through the end of the third week of the program, October 29, 2021.

  • Last day for full refund: Friday, October 15
  • Last day for partial refund: Friday, October 29

Refunds will not be issued after Friday, October 29, 2021.