Fulfilling the Promise

For the second year in a row, HCPSS has been ranked #1 among the “Best School Districts in Maryland” by Niche.com, a national education and community analysis firm. This recognition is a tribute to our students, educators and all stakeholders who support our schools.

HCPSS students are fulfilling the full promise of their potential in Howard County public schools, according to several important measures, as outlined in Vision 2018: Fulfilling the Promise of Preparation.

At 93.21 percent, the HCPSS Class of 2016 graduation rate exceeds the state average by 5.6 percentage points and marks a five-year jump of more than 2.5 percentage points since 2011. Some student groups show even greater progress: the percentage of African-American students and those receiving Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) graduating has risen 9.36 and 9.03 points respectively in that same period.

HCPSS also was recognized as the only Maryland public school system named to the College Board’s 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll.

Last year, 6,375 students were enrolled in Career Academy courses, an increase of 1,011 students since 2012. These students graduate prepared to pursue postsecondary education and some will move directly from school to work.

Want to learn more about HCPSS’ efforts to fulfill each student’s promise of preparation? Watch this video .

Support Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T), an HCPSS/McDaniel College Partnership

T4T is an innovative program to lift students from poverty, create a diverse and highly effective workforce, and help to eliminate gaps in learning achievement.

“Teachers for Tomorrow has allowed me to blossom into the young scholar and sage woman I am today. I cannot be thankful enough to those who worked strenuously to allow this program to flourish.”
—Irma Murhutta, Reservoir HS alumna
“T4T enables me to know what to expect after graduation and be able to give back to HCPSS.”
—Philip Bonsu, Wilde Lake HS alumnus, son of two HCPSS custodians

Support Howard County Public School System students by making an online tax-deductible donation.

Donations can also be made by mailing a check to the Howard County Public School System, with Teachers for Tomorrow in the memo. Mail to:

Howard County Public School System
10910 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Attn: Jennifer Cunningham

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