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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  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 41,317 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.
About Frederick County Public Schools...
Address
191 South East Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Telephone
(301) 644-5000
Website

Frederick County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
54%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1200
2,668 responses
Average ACT
27
503 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
41,317
Free or Reduced Lunch
1.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,107
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$562,025,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,198/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    64%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$67,828
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,285
National
$949
Median Home Value
$255,100
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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I moved to Frederick County from Washington, DC when I began 7th grade, so was able to view FCPS from fresh eyes (I am now a senior at Middletown High School). In comparison to DC schools, FCPS had a much safer feel with much more school spirit and better facilities. FCPS has strengths in sports and academics, but could show more support when it comes to the arts within the high school (there is a FCPS Fine Arts Academy which students can apply for, but art teachers have told me that funding for arts within the school is limited) and culture aspect of the school, which I noticed were stronger in DC schools, but this could be simply because of geographical location and happenstance.
My experience with FCPS was quite pleasant & beneficial yet could've been improved in its later years. Throughout Elementary & Middle School I really enjoyed my education, however, by the end of junior year I had already completed all required credits to graduate, yet still had to take a full schedule of classes senior year. I was dually enrolled in community college as well but felt that I was wasting my time when I attended classes at my high school. I'd brought these concerns up with counselors and teachers but was met with responses such as "you're almost done" & "just stick it out." I began to resent going to school because I felt that because I was technically "finished" I did not have the support that I did when I was still working towards my credits and that going was no longer beneficial for me. I think that it'd be smart to implement a volunteering program at the school for those like me where they can still be involved but don't feel that they are wasting their time.