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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Frederick County Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Frederick, MD. It has 42,713 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 54% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.
191 South East Street
Frederick, MD 21701
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Frederick County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
54%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1210
3,046 responses
Average ACT
27
574 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
42,713
Free or Reduced Lunch
1.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,980
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.3%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,594/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    63%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$72,088
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,351
National
$949
Median Home Value
$265,500
National
$184,700

Frederick County Public Schools Reviews

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Lots of “have” and “have not” areas in Frederick County....therefore quite a range between wealthy vs lower income. Oarents working 2 and 3 jobs are not around to help their children with homework, etc.

Our particular school (Gov Thomas Johnson high) had 68 HOMELESS students last year. HOMELESS!
It is heartbreaking to even think of children living with their families in shelters, or going from one friend’s sofa to another...with no place to call their own.

Most FCPS staff is wonderful and needs to be paid more, but like anywhere, there are others who are just punching the time clock.

Would love to see more tutoring offered at all schools, as it can be hard to compete with families who can afford SAT prep courses, etc. COULD REALLY help the lower income families...many who must take public transportation to after school activities.

It’s a vicious cycle...would be great to lift EVERYONE up so that no outside funds need to be spent by families.

Thank you!
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Though I cannot speak for students who attend other schools in Frederick County, I can say that my experience has been generally positive. The facilities were clean and safe. A majority of the teaching staff was considerate and helpful. Additionally, and abundance of resources and extracurriculars were offered to students as a way to enhance their experience (ex. clubs, sports, arts). Additionally, it was positive how there were many opportunities for all types of learners such as AP classes, dual enrollment credits,apprenticeships, Career and Technology programs, and work study.
The experience was overall great, coming from Montgomery County where the demands are a bit more stricter and high strung, it was nice to not have as many academic demands here in Frederick. I am a senior at Governor Thomas Johnson High School and am apart of the audition based arts program called The Academy for the Fine Arts, I love how this county has specific programs where you can focus on what you are interested in like CTC, or ROTC. This gives teens a chance to really truly do what they are passionate about in a structured environment. The reason why FCPS is not receiving five stars is because the county is very gerrymandered, there are a total of ten high schools in the county, three of them have a high level of diversity, and then the rest of the schools are not as diverse, the schools that are not as diverse tend to have better buildings and get more technological advancements like Promethean boards and brand new textbooks, FCPS needs to work on treating schools equally.