Education Week ranked Maryland #1 in its nationwide 2009-2013 Quality Counts reports and #2 in 2014. The College Board's 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation also ranked Maryland first. FCPS achievement exceeds Maryland averages with scores that consistently surpass state and national averages on measures such as the College Board SAT.
The FCPS dropout rate at 3.84 is Maryland's second lowest, while our 2013 graduation rate is a high 93.31.
In 2014 SAT results, the FCPS average combined mean score was 1555. This is 87 points higher than Maryland’s combined average of 1468 and 58 points higher than the nation’s average of 1497. Our senior participation rate was 67 percent, or 2,041 students.
All Frederick County high schools rank in the nation’s top 9% for encouraging students to take challenging Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate tests, according to The Washington Post's 2014 Challenge Index. The index is designed to identify schools that challenge average students. All also made Newsweek's 2013 America's Best High Schools list.
FCPS 2014 Advanced Placement (AP) results continue to surpass state and global mean scores and percentages of students with scores of 3 or better on a 5-point scale. The College Board's 2014 Advanced Placement data reveal that Maryland's mean score was 2.98, the global mean score was 2.89, and the FCPS mean score was 3.16. The percentage of students with scores of 3 or better was 63 statewide, 61.3 globally, and 73.5 at FCPS. Achieving a score of 3 to 5 on the 5-point scale qualifies students to receive credit at many colleges and universities.
Students in our class of 2014 received offers to the following Ivy League schools: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale.
FCPS ranked in the top tier among Maryland’s public schools for Return on Investment, according to the Center for American Progress 2011 report. FCPS tied for 4th statewide for educational productivity, with the lowest per-pupil spending of the top four.
New Market Elementary earned a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School Award. Eight others in our school system previously earned this recognition.
Our own Kathy Prichard is the Maryland PTA's statewide 2012 Educator of the Year! She was Yellow Springs Elementary principal and is now an elementary instructional director.
Urbana High teacher Michelle Shearer was America's 2011 National Teacher of the Year!
About 70% of FCPS high school seniors indicate a desire to attend college, technical schools or join the military to further their education.
99% of more than 1,000 employers surveyed in 2013 said FCPS students were well prepared for the work expected of them at their place of business.
FCPS is the proud winner of the Maryland Center for Character Education's School System of the Year Award twice: 2009 and 2013.
For the most recent Maryland State Department of Education data for FCPS, please visit the Maryland School Report Card
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40,715 (up 1,700 the past decade)
Pre-kindergarten through grade 12
Our class of 2014 received $72.6 million in scholarship offers.
Of 5,650* employees, about 3,000 are teachers, 150 are principals and assistant principals, 120 are counselors or psychologists and 830 are instructional assistants. The remainder are bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, office staff and other central office support and administrative staff.
*Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) positions
66% White. 12% Hispanic of any race. 11% Black or African American. 5% Asian. 5% two or more races. 1% Alaskan Native, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
11% of FCPS students receive special education services.
26% are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
FY 2014 Operating Fund Budget: $532.7 million. Get FCPS budget details.
About 81% of the FCPS Operating Budget goes directly to schools and school support, with 11% spent on the physical plant, 6% on student transportation and 2% on administration.
FCPS invests an average $12,497 in the education of each student (audited 2012-13).
For 5 years in a row, FCPS has earned the highest recognition for accurate and full disclosure in governmental accounting and financial reporting.
FCPS ranks 9th in the U.S. for exceptional use of digital technology, making the Center for Digital Education's 2013 Top 10 list for school systems with more than 12,000 students.
Every school is connected to the Internet. Every teacher has voicemail and e-mail.