FCPS Fast Facts
FCPS is a successful school system in a diverse and growing community. Frederick County bridges rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles near both the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan communities. There were 41,378 students enrolled in FCPS as of September 30, 2016, an increase of 658 students over the year before. The 2016-2017 school year racial/ethnic composition of our student body is: White: 61.8%. Hispanic/ Latino: 15.5%. Black: 11.9%. Asian: 5.3%. 2 or more races: 4.9%. American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.4% Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian: 0.2% We serve students with varying needs, including about 4,200 students receiving special education services (10.1%), 2,400 English Language Learners (5.8%), and more about 11,000 receiving Free and/or Reduced Meal Services (26.6%).
Frederick County is home to 66 schools, including 37 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, 10 high schools, 3 public charter schools, an alternative school, a special education school, and a Career and Technology Center. Plans are underway to add 2 more elementary schools in the next 3 years.
We balance top-rate academics with the personal caring and individual attention you would expect in a small town community. In FCPS, we understand that the children we educate today will be the adults caring for our community's health, homes, businesses, and neighborhoods tomorrow. Frederick County's investment in public education is an investment in our future. Our operating budget for FY2017 is $555,825,971 and nearly 47% of our funding comes from our local county government.
The results we achieve are impressive. Frederick County students consistently outpace their state and national peers in academic achievement measures such as the SAT college-entrance exam. Indeed, all Frederick County high schools rank in the nation’s top 10% for encouraging students to take challenging Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate tests, according to The Washington Post's 2016 Challenge Index. Students in our class of 2016 received $44.6 million in scholarship offers. FCPS’s graduation rate is a high 92%. Critically, 99% of more than 1,000 employers surveyed indicated that FCPS students met or exceeded workplace readiness standards.
Our 5,800 employees are champions of excellence who collaborate with parents, community members, and local businesses to create an inspiring, academic, safe, healthy and nurturing environment for our students!
- Maryland has ranked among America's top 3 states for top-quality public education from 2009-2016 [Education Week's Quality Counts reports]. The College Board reported in 2015 that Maryland has led the nation in success on Advanced Placement (AP) exams for 10 consecutive years.
- FCPS achievement exceeds Maryland averages with scores that consistently surpass national averages on measures such as the College Board SAT.
- All Frederick County high schools rank in the nation’s top 10% for encouraging students to take challenging Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate tests, according to The Washington Post's 2016 Challenge Index.
- Our 2016 four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate is a high 92%, while our dropout rate is 4.69%.
Students in our class of 2016 received $44.6 million in scholarship offers. [Not all were accepted, as some students received more than one offer.]
- 99% of more than 1,000 employers surveyed indicated that FCPS students met or exceeded workplace readiness standards.
- There were 41,378 students enrolled in FCPS as of September 30, 2016 (an increase of 658 over the last school year and the biggest single-year increase since 2001).
Student demographics in 2016-2017 are: 61.8% White; 15.5% Hispanic/Latino; 11.9% Black; 5.3% Asian; 4.9% 2 or more races; 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native; 0.2% Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.
About 11,000 students (26.6%) are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, about 4,200 (10.1%) received Special Education services, and English was not the primary language for about 2,400 (5.8%).
Of 5,690* employees, about 2,900 are teachers, 148 are principals and assistant principals, 140 are counselors or psychologists and about 900 are instructional assistants. The remainder are bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, office staff and other central office support and administrative staff.