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Quality Education  of Life
Future of Learning
GARRETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE AMONG MARYLAND’S BEST, with small class sizes and career-focused instruction that begins as early as elementary school. Garrett County students outperform the state and nation in ACT results for math, English, reading, science and composites and in SAT results for reading. Out of 24 Maryland jurisdictions, Garrett County ranks first in the percentage of teachers holding advanced professional certifications.
As a high-performing school district, Garrett County Public Schools continues to strive
for growth and improvement in all facets of
the organization. Like all other public school districts in Maryland, and in most of the nation, the standards have changed, requiring changes in instructional practices, curriculum and assessment. Students are provided optimal learning opportunities through engagement in meaningful activities designed to promote the application of their learning to the real world. The Garrett County Public School System provides a variety of programs and options
to ensure that students graduate career and college ready. Students have the opportunity to participate in career and technical education, early college/dual-enrollment programs, and advanced placement courses. There are also several college campuses close by where students can further their education.
The teachers, staff and faculty of Garrett County Public Schools work to prepare students
with the skills necessary for the 21st-century workplace. Teachers in these schools work to foster growth in their students through high school graduation and as they move on to higher education or the workplace.
The public schools in the county provide a unique experience and cater to each child’s needs. From pre-kindergarten to grade
12, Garrett County Public Schools offer a STEM-based education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Specifically, high schools offer a career technology education program that is paired with
Project Lead the Way, a national educational initiative. As part of the program, which is fully integrated into the high school curriculum,
all students can take courses in electronics, automotive, engineering, drafting and computer/network hardware.
Local students regularly compete in the annual FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition. (FIRST LEGO League is a program that challenges students to solve real-world engineering challenges through robotics.)
In 2017, Garrett County’s own NeXT GEN
team advanced to the statewide stage of the competition, along with three other teams from Garrett and Allegany Counties.
Students in Garrett County also are required to engage in community service learning. This process begins at the middle school level, where students embark on class projects and studies and then move on to independent service-related work.
Achieving Higher
Levels of Learning
The small-school setting of Garrett College helps its students thrive and achieve more. Garrett’s 5,000 students benefit from
their supportive relationships with faculty, partnerships with area businesses and a STEM- savvy curriculum. The programs at Garrett College promote practical skills and workforce readiness. Whether the student transfers to a four-year school or goes into the workforce, Garrett will prepare students for any situation.
Garrett College provides an accessible,
quality education in a welcoming environment for a diverse student population. Its 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio offers students individualized attention in their studies. Garrett accommodates its students’ needs through associate degrees, certificate programs and continuing education to meet requirements for transfer, career, or workforce development.
The main campus, which is in close proximity to the forests, lakes and rivers of Garrett County,
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