FCPS ranks first in statewide 2012 School Progress Index accountability data, which includes overall student performance, closing achievement gaps, student growth and college and career preparation. The FCPS dropout rate at 5.05 is Maryland's lowest, while our graduation rate at 91.5 is the third highest.
Education Week ranked Maryland #1 in its nationwide 2009-2013 Quality Counts reports. The College Board's 9th 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.
2012 SAT results show the highest participation rate FCPS has ever achieved and a major increase from prior years: 67% of our seniors took the SAT. Their average combined mean score was 1544, exceeding Maryland’s combined score—1487—and the nation’s—1498.
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 2013 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.
*except Oakdale, which was not yet open to all grade levels
The College Board's 2012 Advanced Placement data reveal that more FCPS students than ever are taking challenging college-level AP exams. The 5,460 AP exams that county students took in 2012 represent an increase of 223 compared to 2011. Nearly 3/4s of our AP students—71.1%—scored high enough to qualify for college credit.
Maryland School Assessment (MSA) results show substantial increases. From 2004 to 2010, the percentage of elementary and middle school students scoring Proficient or Advanced in:
--reading increased from 74.6% to 90.5%, representing a 21% gain
--math increased from 67.3% to 85.8%, a gain of 27%
Since 2003, FCPS has narrowed the composite achievement gap for historically underperforming student subgroups by 47% in reading and 41% in math.
FCPS ranks 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.
About 70% of FCPS high school seniors indicate a desire to attend college, technical schools or join the military to further their education.
98% of nearly 1,000 employers surveyed 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 first School System of the Year Award (2009).
For the most recent Maryland State Department of Education data for FCPS, please visit the Maryland School Report Card.
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40,527 (up nearly 2000 the past decade)
Pre-kindergarten through grade 12
Of 5,540* employees, about 3,000 are teachers, 150 are principals and assistant principals, 120 are counselors or psychologists and 750 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
68% White. 11% Black or African American. 11% Hispanic of any race. 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.
23% are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Budget FY 2012 Operating Fund Budget: $516,751,528. This is $9,867,361 more than the FY 2011 Operating Budget, as the result of increases in unrestricted ($23,796,366) and a reduction in the restricted ($13,929,005) components of the budget. Get FCPS budget details.
About 81% of the FCPS Operating Budget goes directly to schools and school support, with 12% spent on the physical plant, 5% on student transportation and 2% on administration.
FCPS invests an average $12,266 in the education of each student (audited 2010-11).
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.
Frederick County schools outpace the state average by providing one computer for every three students.
Every school is connected to the Internet. Every teacher has voicemail and e-mail.
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