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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Howard County Public Schools is a top rated, public school district located in Ellicott City, MD. It has 57,907 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.
10910 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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Howard County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1260
5,345 responses
Average ACT
29
988 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
57,907
Free or Reduced Lunch
0.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$75,357
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$17,691/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    72%
  • Support Services
    26%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$105,815
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,687
National
$949
Median Home Value
$372,000
National
$184,700

Howard County Public Schools Reviews

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Overall, I've really enjoyed attending Howard county schools for my entire education so far and feel extremely fortunate to live in a district with so many resources! Almost every teacher I've had has been kind and patient, and you can tell that most teachers do truly care about their students and want them to succeed later in life. I strongly feel as though I am prepared to handle college due to the amount of GT and AP level courses I have been given the opportunity to take throughout high school. Both fine arts and athletics are well supported, and there is a strong emphasis on extracurricular involvement. However, I do think that the homework load at times is quite excessive, and it can be very difficult to manage taking multiple GT/AP/Honors courses while also being involved in other activities. Because it is such a wealthy county, there are many pretentious and overachieving students who do create a very competitive and at times stressful learning environment.
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Howard county is known as the richest in Maryland and in the top ten of the nation! I still don'r understand why they refuse to renovate Hammond high school?! This neglected and outdated institution deserves the attention of its higher up decision makers. Now I ask you this...is it a coincidence that Hammond high,THE most diverse high school in the county, is neglected?? Howard county IS in trouble for supposed "racist" redistricting. All we can do is articulate our concerns whether they are to be ignored or not.
I have really enjoyed my time in Howard County Public School System! The academic programs while rigorous are helping me to feel prepared for college. The teachers in Howard County are amazing. They are very supportive, encouraging, and willing to help you. There is a wide range of extracurriculars and opportunities for everyone.