About FCPS and 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. Enrollment as of September 30, 2021 was over 45,000 students. The racial/ethnic composition of our student body is 52% White; 20% Hispanic/ Latino; 14% Black/African American; 7% Asian; 7% two or more races; and less than 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian. We serve students with varying needs, including over 5,100 students receiving special education services (11%),  about 3,300 English Learners (7%), and almost 13,300 receiving free or reduced-price meal services (29%).

Frederick County is home to 69 schools, including 38 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, 10 high schools, 4 public charter schools, an alternative school, a special education school, Frederick County Virtual School and a Career and Technology Center.

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 FY2023 was $822,836,251 with just over 44% 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 2020 received $62 million in scholarship offers. FCPS’s Class of 2020 graduation rate was a high 92.4% (compared to Maryland's 86.6% average), while our dropout rate was 4.0% (compared with the state's 8.3%).

Our 6,764 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 2009-2018 [Education Week's Quality Counts reports].
  • FCPS achievement also exceeds Maryland averages with scores that consistently surpass national averages on the College Board SAT. With a 95% participation rate (up from 64% the year before), our mean 2019 SAT score was 1,058, compared to Maryland's 1,041 and the nation's 1,039.
  • On a 1-5 star scale, 53 of our 61 state-rated schools achieved 4 or 5 stars, and none received fewer than 3.
  • FCPS’s Class of 2020 graduation rate was a high 92.4% (compared to Maryland's 86.8% average), while our dropout rate was 4.0% (compared with the state's 8.3%).
  • Students in our class of 2021 received $62 million in scholarship offers. [Not all were accepted, as some students received more than one offer.]
  • 2022 enrollment is 45,700 students.
  • Based on official Sept 30, 2020 enrollment data, the FCPS student demographics are: 52% White; 20% Hispanic/Latino; 14% Black or African American; 7% Asian; 7% 2 or more races; less than 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.
  • In the 2021-22 school year, almost 13,300 students (29%) are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, about 5,100 (11%) receive Special Education services, and English is not the primary language for over 3,300 (7%).
  • Of 6,764 employees, almost 3,300 are teachers, nearly 170 are principals or assistant principals, about 218 are counselors or psychologists and about 1,238 are instructional assistants. The remainder are bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, office staff and other central office support and administrative staff.