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HCPSS Ranked Among Best School Systems in the Nation

November 21st, 2014

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The Howard County Public School System has been named among the best school districts in the nation, and the top district in the state of Maryland, according to rankings released this week by, an education and community analysis firm.

The system received ‘A’ grades or better for academic rigor, student diversity and quality of teachers. Rankings are based on a mathematical formula that weighs institutional and system demographic data and survey responses from more than four million respondents.

HCPSS Superintendent Renee A. Foose called the rankings the latest example of the system’s commitment to creating world-class learning experiences for the county’s more than 50,000 students.

“We appreciate the work of in providing families and communities nationwide with data that illustrates the strength of their school systems. Here in Howard County, we are honored that our hard work to engage our school communities and to build exemplary organizational practices is evident from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.”

Several HCPSS elementary, middle and high schools were singled out as among the best public schools in Maryland in the state-based rankings. Waverly, Triadelphia Ridge, Clarksville, Pointers Run, Centennial Lane, Hammond, Manor Woods, Northfield and St. Johns Lane elementary schools were ranked among the ten best in the state. Ellicott Mills, Dunloggin, Burleigh Manor, Patapsco, Lime Kiln, Mount View, Clarksville, Hammond and Folly Quarter were ranked among Maryland’s ten best middle schools, and Marriotts Ridge, River Hill and Mount Hebron made the top ten list for high schools.

The complete rankings are available at