Howard County Public School

Find Howard County Maryland public schools, including charter schools, k-12, elementary, middle, and high schools. Public schools provide information on tuition, school rankings, school enrollment, education, curriculum, classes, records, and teacher-student ratios.


Applications and Research Laboratory 10920 Route 108 Ellicott City MD 21042 410-313-6998


Atholton Elementary School 6700 Seneca Drive Columbia MD 21046 410-313-6853

Atholton High School 6520 Freetown Road Columbia MD 21044 410-313-7065

Bellows Spring Elementary School 8125 Old Stockbridge Drive Ellicott City MD 21043 410-313-5057

Bollman Bridge Elementary School 8200 Savage Guilford Road Jessup MD 20794 410-880-5920

Bonnie Branch Middle School 4979 Ilchester Road Ellicott City MD 21043 410-313-2580

Bryant Woods Elementary School 5450 Blue Heron Lane Columbia MD 21044 410-313-6859

Burleigh Manor Middle School 4200 Centennial Lane Ellicott City MD 21042 410-313-2507

Cedar Lane Special Center 11630 Scaggsville Road Fulton MD 20759 410-888-8800

Centennial High School 4300 Centennial Lane Ellicott City MD 21042 410-313-2856

Centennial Lane Elementary School 3825 Centennial Lane Ellicott City MD 21042 410-313-2800

Chesapeake Science Point School 7321 Parkway Drive Hanover MD 21076 443-757-5277

Clarksville Elementary School 12041 Clarksville Pike Clarksville MD 21029 410-313-7050

Clarksville Middle School 6535 South Trotter Road Clarksville MD 21029 410-313-7057

Clemens Crossing Elementary School 10320 Quarterstaff Road Columbia MD 21044 410-313-6866

Cradlerock Elementary School 6700 Cradlerock Way Columbia MD 21045 410-319-7601

Dayton Oaks School 4691 Ten Oaks Road Dayton MD 21036 410-313-1571

Deep Run Elementary School 6925 Old Waterloo Road Elkridge MD 21075 410-313-5000

Dunloggin Middle School 9129 Northfield Road Ellicott City MD 21042 410-313-2831

Elkridge Elementary School 7075 Montgomery Road Elkridge MD 21075 410-313-5006

About Howard County Public Schools

Howard County Public Schools are tuition-free, publicly funded schools that are legally required to accept and provide an education to all children from Kindergarten age through Grade 12 in Howard County, MD. Each of the fifty state constitutions includes a requirement for the provision of a Public School system, and each state, including Maryland, also has a compulsory education law that requires school-age children to attend school.

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Howard County School District

Howard County Public Schools operate within school districts which are separate entities responsible for administering Public Schools. Howard County school districts are led by boards or commissions who set policy for the district and appoint a Superintendent of Schools. Board and commission members may be elected by voters within the district, or in some cases may be appointed by the legislative body that serves the Howard County district. While the Maryland State impose frameworks and some minimum requirements for length of school year, teacher qualifications, curriculum and other elements of public education, the Howard County school district has significant latitude within these frameworks and the authority to manage the day-to-day operation of Public Schools.

Types of Howard County Public Schools

Howard County Public Schools are largely organized into three groups, each serving different grade levels. Howard County Elementary Schools typically serve students from Pre-K, Kindergarten or Grade 1 through Grade 5 or Grade 6. While all Public School districts begin Primary School by Grade 1, not all offer Kindergarten or Pre-K grades. Howard County Middle Schools cover Grades 6 or 7 through Grade 8. Howard County High Schools covers Grades 9 through 12. In small school districts, all grades may be served in one school. The completion of Grade 12 is generally considered to indicate student readiness for post-secondary education.

Specialized Public Schools in Howard County

Many Public School districts offer alternatives to traditional Public School structures, including Charter Schools and Magnet Schools. Howard County Charter Schools are Public Schools initiated by a parent or community group or organization to serve a special population or to provide special curricula or instructional practices. They are formed by a special charter or agreement with the school district that grants them additional flexibility in how they operate. Howard County Magnet Schools are Public Schools that offer a specialized theme or subject emphasis, such as science and technology, international and cultural studies, or the arts.