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Public schools in Anne Arundel County have always been a source of county pride. These schools boast a consistent presence on the lists of National and Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools, their students are regular finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition, and graduation, college acceptance and achievement scores are solid.
This year South River High School STEM teacher Joshua Carroll was nominated the 2017–18 Maryland State Teacher of the Year.
Anne Arundel County Public School District is the fifth-largest district in
the state, with about 81,000 students in 126 schools.
To maximize achievement, the district implemented a feeder system, with the curricula of elementary
and middle schools aligned to the high schools that their students will ultimately attend.
Anne Arundel County adopted
a “Signature Program” in each of its high schools beginning in 2008. With community input, the schools chose an area of concentration designed to make the curriculum relevant to 21st-century workforce skills. Students may engage at different levels, ranging from one
or two programs to full enrollment. Ultimately, pupils will participate in internships or other forms of hands-on involvement in their chosen fields.
For information on individual schools, visit the Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ website at
Howard County consistently ranks among Maryland’s top school districts based on student performance on state assessments. ranks it first in the state on other measures as well.
Howard County students score
above the national averages on standardized tests and have a graduation rate over 92 percent, with 93 percent of graduates continuing their education beyond high
school. This system is made up of 41 elementary schools, 20 middle schools, 12 high schools and three education centers with a diverse enrollment of nearly 57,000.
In 2018, Michael Martirano became the superintendent, following a year as interim superintendent. The district recently received a $2 million federal Striving Readers’ Comprehensive Literacy Grant to support reading
and writing achievement from birth through grade 12.
For information on other programs and individual schools, visit the Howard County Public Schools’ website at
Prince George’s County Public Schools is one of the nation’s 25 largest districts, with 208 schools and centers, more than 132,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees.
One hallmark of this district,
the second largest in the state, is
its extensive Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, which operates as a school-within-a-school at many high schools. CTE specialties include hospitality, environmental studies, architecture, homeland security and many more — based on projected workforce trends and future employment opportunities within the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.
CTE programs consist of multiyear sequences of course work, career guidance and work-based learning experiences that enable students
to make more informed college
and career choices. They also afford students opportunities to earn college
credit, industry certification/licenses or pre-apprenticeship experience before leaving high school.
The county also has at least a dozen charter schools at all grade levels — offering parents and students even more options for learning.
For information on individual schools, visit the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ website at
All of Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George’s public high schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) programs for their students. Old Mill High School was the first in Anne Arundel to offer the International Baccalaureate program, regarded internationally as the most stringent academic program for high school. Now, several other schools in these Central Maryland districts offer the curriculum.
For children with physical or learning disabilities, all three counties offer programs from birth through high school to accommodate and assist them. For more information, contact the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Division of Special Education at 410-222-6911 (infants/toddlers), 410-766-6662 (preschool) or 410-222-5437 (K–12); in Howard County, contact
410-313-7017 (infants/toddlers), 410-313-7046 (preschool) and the individual school’s principal/teacher (K–12); in Prince George’s County, contact the Office of Programs and Services at 240-696-3210.
Central Maryland offers many options for parents looking for an alternative
to public education. The three-county area has more than 230 private and parochial schools for all grade levels and learning styles. They are listed in the Chamber’s Business Directory under Schools & Colleges.
        Strong schools are a hallmark of Central Maryland, from pre-K through college. Lower left: The Laurel College Center attracts students for certificate through baccalaureate programs. 23

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