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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Howard High School is a top rated, public school located in Ellicott City, MD. It has 1,772 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
8700 Old Annapolis Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Telephone
(410) 313-2867
Website

Howard High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1240
440 responses
Average ACT
29
90 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$102,899
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,604
National
$949
Median Home Value
$364,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 121 responses
Report
  • Spirit week
    27%
  • Honor roll ice cream
    13%
  • Pep rally
    13%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Senior prank day
    8%
  • The Last Day
    7%
  • Homecoming game
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,772
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.48 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.48 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,702
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.3%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.71 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.71 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.71 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,475/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.70 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.70 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.70 responses
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I like the diversity represented at Howard high school. We have people from all different races and backgrounds attending his school. In addition, my school offers many activities, clubs, and sports. There are many opportunities to participate. We also encourage our teams by cheering them on. The Friday night football games are always packed! On the other hand, Howard high school has some issues. Some things that should be changed include the unequal classes, unfair teachers, the cleanliness of the building, etc. One major issue I associate with my school is the unequal teaching between teachers of the same class. I would like to see some fairness instilled by making the teachers agree to the same curriculum and assignments given out. Also, Howard high school is extremely dirty. There is trash through out the school, gum in the lockers, and mice scurrying across the floor. It's disgusting! This uncleanly school building is not somewhere any student wants to be from 7 am till 2 pm.
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Throughout my four years at Howard, I have felt nothing but absolute support from my teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors. The teachers here are incredibly enthusiastic and care about each of their students. Furthermore, Howard offers several opportunities for students - from offering nearly every AP course to conducting research at internships through the Howard County Gifted and Talented Independent Research program. Our school environment is very diverse, including students from various racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds - creating an accepting culture, contributing to our welcoming culture. There are several opportunities for extracurriculars ranging from 4A Championship sports teams to dozens of Honor Societies to student-led organizations. Howard has prepared me for my future at Johns Hopkins as an incoming freshman through their rigorous AP courses. In the near-future I hope Howard creates a cultivating environment for females in STEM.
I am a sophomore at Howard High School, I enjoy coming to this school everyday! The teachers are very hands-on about the students learning. The clubs they offer are very fun to join because you can meet new people and learn many different things!