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Planning the HCPSS School Attendance Areas

Legislative Session Supporting Documentation

2018 Options to Relieve High School Overcrowding

2018-2019 Polygon Projections

2018-2019 Adopted School Boundary Adjustments

The Office of School Planning is responsible for projecting student enrollment, planning for infrastructure needs, developing school boundary studies and studying attendance area adjustments, and writing the school system’s annual feasibility study

Every year, the Office of School Planning produces an enrollment projection, compiling updated data including projected housing, construction, historical and projected births, housing resales and student population characteristics. Learn more about the Enrollment Projection Methodology

To ensure school capacities are balanced based on actual and projected growth in Howard County’s and added school infrastructure, the Office of School Planning facilitates the school boundary adjustment process. The Board of Education approves all changes in Attendance Areas.

School boundary adjustments can be considered by the Board of Education based Policy 6010. Considerations include the following

  • A new school or addition opening in the district
  • School attendance area populations are outside the target utilization
  • An existing facility is significantly damaged, deemed unusable or otherwise scheduled to close.
  • The program capacity of a school building is altered.
  • An unforeseen circumstance necessitates an adjustment to promote efficiency or provide for the welfare of students.

Process Overview

Feasibility Study

Each year, the Board of Education reviews capital planning options and redistricting scenarios through a feasibility study.

Opportunity for Feedback

Schedule for community meetings and public hearings is to be determined.

Board of Education Approval Process

The Board of Education reviews recommendations and decides whether to approve the school attendance areas.

Learn more about the Redistricting Process →

Planning Process Study completed on January 18, 2016 by DeJONG RICHTER (now known as Cooperative Strategies). Report contains evaluation of: enrollment projection methodology, school capacity, redistricting scenario testing, adjustment to feeder system, and income disparity among schools.

Contact Us

Renée Kamen, AICP
Office of School Planning
10910 Clarksville Pike (Route 108)
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-313-7184; 410-313-6890 (F)


Feasibility Study Archive

Construction Projects

The school system considers construction projects carefully as each project goes through a myriad of stages from concept to completion. Parents and community members may follow each of our major construction projects as they move through the stages of the process.

View currently active and recently completed construction projects →

Students entering Bushey Park Elementary School