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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
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  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
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  7. Administration
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Howard County Public Schools is a top rated, public school district located in Ellicott City, MD. It has 55,626 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.
About Howard County Public Schools...
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
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1260
4,517 responses
Average ACT
29
855 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
55,626
Free or Reduced Lunch
0.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,977
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$902,049,000
Expenses Per Student
$17,715/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    67%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    2%

Howard County Public Schools Reviews

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Why does HCPSS still pay substitute teachers only $90.00 per day? How can one live with $90.00/day or $300-$450.00 per week in a city and state as expensive as Columbia, Maryland?
The sub job is very hard here. In some schools, the students are rude and lazy. They show no respect for class teachers and substitute teachers , but the administrators do nothing about it. The kids are out of control, the administrators are out of ideas, and some of the parents are worse than the children. You see, the pressure is on the teachers!

To understand what we are saying here, please check out Thomas Viaduct MS, Murray Hill MS, Lake Elkhorn MS, WIlde Lake HS, Oakland Mills MS & HS, Long Reach HS.... and you'll see for yourself.


I hope this new superintendent will do something about it to change this type of madness into measured and moderate system.

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The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is the perfect place for any student and by offering various opportunities for success, involvement and improvement, it is one of the best public school systems in the whole country. It offers several opportunities for high-achieving and motivated students to take challenging courses and expose themselves to many useful hands-on experiences based on the student's interest. For example, the Application and Research Lab (ARL) offers practical training for students interested in a specific professions like cybersecurity or in healthcare. Furthermore, by offering courses like the Indepedent Research program and the Inter-Mentor program, students can learn essential researching skills for success post-high school, and also shadow and learn from a mentor who works in a profession that the student is interested in, respectively. Furthermore, Howard County's cultural utopia makes every student feels included and treated equally.
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!