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. Initial enrollment for September 2017 is 42,204 students, an increase of 826 students over the year before. The 2016-2017 school year racial/ethnic composition of our student body was: 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% Also in that school year, we served students with varying needs, including about 4,190 students receiving special education services (10%), 2,388 English Learners (6%), and almost 11,000 receiving Free or Reduced-Price Meal Services (27%).
Frederick County is home to 66 schools, including 36 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, 10 high schools, 3 public charter schools, an alternative school, a special education school, Flexible Evening High 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 FY2018 is $578,515,531 with just over 47% of our funding coming 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. Students in our class of 2017 received $41.1 million in scholarship offers. FCPS’s graduation rate is a high 92%, while our dropout rate is 4.7%. 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 states for top-quality public education from 2009-2017 [Education Week's Quality Counts reports].
- While Maryland continues to lead the nation in Advanced Placement (AP) achievement, FCPS students' 3.19 mean AP exam score surpassed Maryland's 3.01 and the global 2.87. The percentage of students with AP scores 3 or better (on a 5-point scale, where 3 typically qualifies for college credit) was 72% at FCPS (with 4,462 exams), 64% statewide and 60% globally.
- FCPS achievement also exceeds Maryland averages with scores that consistently surpass national averages on the College Board SAT. Our mean 2016 SAT score was 1,558, compared to Maryland's 1,456 and the nation's 1,484.
- The 2016 FCPS graduation rate is a high 92%, while our dropout rate is 4.7%.
- Students in our class of 2017 received $41.1 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.
- Initial enrollment for September 2017 was 42,204 students (an increase of 826 over the last school year and the biggest single-year increase since 2001).
- Student demographics in 2016-2017 were: 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.
- In the 2016-17 school year, about 11,000 students (27%) were eligible for free or reduced-price meals, about 4,190 (10%) received Special Education services, and English was not the primary language for about 2,388 (6%).
- Of 5,771* employees, about 2,940 are teachers, 140 are principals or assistant principals, 145 are counselors or psychologists and about 860 are instructional assistants. The remainder are bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, office staff and other central office support and administrative staff.