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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Howard County Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Ellicott City, MD. It has 53,685 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.
Address
10910 Route 108
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
55%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1240
3,006 responses
Average ACT
29
590 responses
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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

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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.
I think Howard County is a great school that offers a lot of opportunities that not many will experience. It may be one of the richest counties but we also see a lot of diversity and minorities that many places do. Along with that, rarely is there a teacher or staff member who doesn’t genuinely care about the school and their students. Many of my teachers have connected with my peers and me and have me with struggles in both academics and personal life. That being said, I don’t like how students are pushed to go into STEM based classes even from elementary school. As someone who wishes to peruse a career in fine arts, it’s not fair how little emphasis is placed on arts and humanities besides the standard one art credit and three years of history/government. Overall, I have had a good experience with Howard County but I do think there are areas that they could improve in order to better fit the needs of all students rather than some.