A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
10910 Route 108
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Telephone
(410) 313-6600
Website

Howard County Public Schools Rankings

Niche ranks over 8,000 public school districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1230
2,505 responses
Average ACT
28
494 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
53,685
Free or Reduced Lunch
19.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,702
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$902,049,000
Expenses Per Student
$17,475/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    68%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    2%

Howard County Public Schools Reviews

60 reviews
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The Howard County Public School system was a fantastic change for me. I lived in St. Louis, Missouri previously and my grades were terrible; I was not given the resources to succeed. When I moved here, I brought my GPA from a 1.95 average to a 3.5! The teachers care about your wellbeing and whether or not you are TRULY learning in their class. The parents are so much more involved, and the students actually care about school themselves. My one complaint were the food options at the cafeterias, other than that, I had an absolutely great experience attending a HCPSS school!
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As a student who has been attending schools here in Howard County for the past two years, I must say that it has been one of the best school experiences thus far. Though the system pushes us to be in a more competitive environment, it also pushes us to help us achieve more and be the best students we can be. The teachers are people we can easily go to and ask for help if we have any questions and the different activities my high school offers to the students are limitless, with there being at least one thing suitable for everyone! To be honest, there is no other school district I would rather live in.
Howard County public school are considered very competitive in the district! I have been living in Columbia for about 5 years. The most important reason of the "caring" parents I know live in Howard County, so that their children would benefit from it.