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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  7. Administration
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Howard County Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Ellicott City, MD. It has 54,870 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.
Address
10910 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Telephone
(410) 313-6600
Website

Howard County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1250
3,672 responses
Average ACT
29
700 responses
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Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
54,870
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,702
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%

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

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First of all, I love the diversity, commitment, and involvement of the student body. Every student in all of the HCPSS schools is very passionate in their studies and extra-curricular activities, making Howard County one of the top counties in the nation. The various afterschool activities and clubs show the determination of the staff, for they want to provide the best resources for all the students. The teachers readily prepare us for studies beyond high school and always stress the importance of time management, enthusiasm, and integrity in everything that we do. I loved all of my years attending HCPSS schools, and I made so many friends of different backgrounds from other schools as well. GO Marriotts Ridge High and HCPSS!
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There is a lot of diversity! Especially at my school, Howard High School there are so many students of different cultural, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. I wish there was better understanding of student's lives, and that assignments should be better spaced out. Additionally, I wish students and teachers were more inter-connected and that the the values of a community were displayed.
Overall, I had an excellent education that was able to carry on in college. The preparation for college readiness especially at Hammond High School for the AP exam preparation and free tutoring and after school help from teachers was extremely What prepared me most was enrolling into the Gifted & Talented Research program under April Lerner at Hammond was the best experience of my life and it prepared me for college coursework and research. Lastly, I had an amazing 11th grade English teacher Ms. Deborah Chun who enhanced my learning capabilities and expanded my knowledge there are other teachers including Elizabeth Stocklin, Cherilyn Brown, and Anne Corey. These amazing teachers shaped and prepared for one of the biggest milestones I will continue.