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 for 2020 is nearly 45,000 students, an increase of more than 1,000 students over the year before. The racial/ethnic composition of our student body is 58.9% White; 17.1% Hispanic/ Latino; 12.5% Black/African American; 5.5% Asian; 5.5% two or more races; 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native; and 0.2% Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian. We serve students with varying needs, including about 4,725 students receiving special education services (11%),  more than 3,000 English Learners (7%), and about 11,800 receiving free or reduced-price meal services (27%).

Frederick County is home to 68 schools, including 38 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.

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 FY2020 was $637,141,096 with just over 46% 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 $53 million in scholarship offers. FCPS’s Class of 2018 graduation rate was a high 92.5% (compared to Maryland's 87.1% average), while our dropout rate was 4.1% (compared with the state's 8.4%). On a 1-5 star scale, 51 of our 59 state-rated schools achieved 4 or 5 stars, and none received fewer than 3.

Our 6,088 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].
  • While Maryland continues to lead the nation in Advanced Placement (AP) achievement, FCPS students' 3.27 mean AP exam score surpassed Maryland's 3.03 and the global 2.84. The percentage of students with AP scores 3 or better (on a 5-point scale, where 3 typically qualifies for college credit) was 73.6% at FCPS (with 4,522 exams), 64.7% statewide and 60.3% globally.
  • 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.
  • The 2018 FCPS graduation rate was a high 92.5% (compared with Maryland's 87.1% average), while our dropout rate was 4.1% (compared with the state's 8.4%).


  • Students in our class of 2020 received $53 million in scholarship offers. [Not all were accepted, as some students received more than one offer.]
  • 2020 enrollment is nearly 45,000 students (an increase of more than 1,000 over the last school year).
  • Student demographics are: 58.9% White; 17.1% Hispanic/Latino; 12.5% Black or African American; 5.5% Asian; 5.5% 2 or more races; 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native; 0.2% Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.
  • In the 2019-20 school year, about 11,900 students (27%) are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, about 4,725 (11%) receive Special Education services, and English is not the primary language for more than 3,000 (7%).
  • Of 6,088* employees, about 2,900 are teachers, nearly 165 are principals or assistant principals, about 158 are counselors or psychologists and about 935 are instructional assistants. The remainder are bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, office staff and other central office support and administrative staff. 

*fulltime-equivalent positions