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Recent News

HCPSS Student Transportation Update, Sept. 29, 2023 →

HCPSS Seeks Members for Resource Reevaluation Committee →

HCPSS Seeks Members for Policy Advisory Committee →

Stacie Marvin, Mathematics Specialist, Begins Year-Long Fellowship on Capitol Hill →

HCPSS & The Council of Elders Virtual Community Academies, 2023-2024 School Year →

HCPSS Student Transportation Update, Sept. 24, 2023 →

2023 Bright Minds Grants Support Innovative Classroom Projects →

Superintendent Transportation Update, Sept. 20, 2023 →

Transportation & Start Times Update, Sept. 19, 2023 →

Transportation & Start Times Update, Sept. 18, 2023 →

Multilingual Parent Leadership Program Application Deadline Sept. 28 →

New HCPSS Bus Pickup Times Beginning Wednesday, September 20 →

HCPSS Student Transportation Continuous Improvements & Start Times Resources, Sept. 16, 2023 →

HCPSS Pickup and Drop-Off Time Clarification & Online Transportation Information, Sept. 15, 2023 →

Career Academy Info Sessions, November 8 and December 12, 2023 →

Restored Bus Routes and Other Transportation Updates, Sept. 14, 2023 →

New School Start Times, Effective Sept. 20, 2023 →

BSAP College and Career Opportunities Night – Oct. 12, 2023 →

Apply for JROTC, through Jan. 5, 2024 →

Superintendent Transportation Update: Additional Routes Restored, Sept. 9, 2023 →

Superintendent Transportation Update, Sept. 8, 2023 →

Zum Transportation Mobile App Launched →

HCPSS Athletics will Resume on Thursday, Sept. 7 →

HCPSS Athletics and Transportation Updates, Sept. 5, 2023 →

Networking Fair Facilitates Collaboration, Communication Between HCPSS and Local County Agencies →

HCPSS Seeks Members for LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee by September 29, 2023 →

HCPSS Hazardous Weather Outlook Information – Outdoor Games and Practices Canceled Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023 →

Superintendent Transportation Update – Restoring Suspended Routes and Communicating Late Buses, Sept. 4, 2023 →

Superintendent Transportation Update – Several Routes Restored, Sept. 3, 2023 →

New ARTsite Sculpture on Display at Howard County Department of Education →

Superintendent Remarks from the August 30, 2023 Transportation Press Conference →

Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) Saturday Math Academy Fall 2023 Program →

HCPSS Seeks Members for School Health Council →

HCPSS State Assessment Scores Show Improvement in Math and Reading →

From the Superintendent: Helping Our Children Navigate the Start of a New School Year →

HCPSS Provides Certificated Staff Hiring Update Ahead of School Year Start →

HCPSS, Bright Minds Foundation and Prepare for Success Join WBAL’s Stuff the Bus Event →

HCPSS Superintendent Receives Two Awards →

HCPSS Welcomes New Educators to Howard County →

HCPSS Reaches Agreement with Local Transportation Contractors →

Forty-Seven HCPSS Students Commit to Apprenticeships During Apprenticeship Maryland Signing Day →

Log in Now to Update Your Family File/Emergency Information for the 2023-2024 School Year! →

Superintendent Op-Ed: Pursuing a Career in Education →


2023-2024 School Year

Information on preparing for the 2023-2024 school year, including adjustments to school start times and back-to-school details, can be found online. That page will be continually updated as new information becomes available.

School Start and Dismissal Times


“Inside HCPSS” Podcast

In his new podcast, HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano engages in conversations with students and staff on varying topics of interest. The podcast is available on the HCPSS website and in various podcast platforms.


Introducing HCPSS Students to Cricket

HCPS partnered with the Columbia Cricket & Sports Complex (CCSC) to introduce students to the sport of cricket and encourage participation in healthy activities. CCSC will conduct cricket demonstrations, participate in staff physical education professional learning sessions and serve as guest speakers in high school physical education classes.


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Abisola Ayoola Named Maryland State Student Member of the Board

Maryland Governor Wes Moore named Wilde Lake High School student Abisola Ayoola as the 2023-2024 Maryland State Student Member of the Board of Education. She served as the 2022-2023 Howard County SMOB, during which time she amplified student voice between the thousands of students in the school system and school system leaders.

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Record High Graduation Rate for Class of 2022

The HCPSS Class of 2022 achieved a graduation rate of 94.59 percent, a 1.81 percentage point increase from the Class of 2019. The HCPSS 2022 graduation rate exceeds the 2022 Maryland average of 86.3 percent and is the highest rate since 2011.

Read more HCPSS Staff Focus articles →


Upcoming Events



Preparing Students for the World of Work

As part of HCPSS’ Career Preparation requirements for graduation, all students develop and update an individual four-year plan. The plan begins in 8th grade and gets revised annually. In their junior year, students create a resume and participate in simulated interviews during their high school’s World of Work event, which aims to help students prepare for the interview process.


A Closer Look at the HCPSS Pre-K Experience

HCPSS offers 14 half-day and 17 full-day prekindergarten programs for eligible students. Read about a day at Laurel Woods Elementary School, home to one of HCPSS’ full-day pre-K programs, online.