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 2018 is 42,789 students, an increase of 585 students over the year before. The 2018-2019 school year racial/ethnic composition of our student body is White: 58.9%; Hispanic/ Latino: 17.1%; Black/African American: 12.5%; Asian: 5.5%; two or more races: 5.5%; American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.3%; Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian: 0.2%. We serve students with varying needs, including about 4,300 students receiving special education services (10%), 2,700 English Learners (6%), and almost 11,000 receiving free or reduced-price meal services (26%).
Frederick County is home to 67 schools, including 37 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 FY2019 is $602,297,453 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 2018 received $45.8 million in scholarship offers. FCPS’s Class of 2017 graduation rate is a high 92.5% (compared to Maryland's 87.7% average), while our dropout rate is 4.4% (compared with the state's 8.2%). On a 1-5 star scale, 51 of our 59 state-rated schools achieved 4 or 5 stars, and none received fewer than 3. 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 2009-2018 [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. Our mean 2018 SAT score was 1,149, compared to Maryland's 1,066 and the nation's 1,049.
- On a 1-5 star scale, 51 of our 59 state-rated schools achieved 4 or 5 stars, and none received fewer than 3.
- The 2017 FCPS graduation rate is a high 92% (compared with Maryland's 88% average), while our dropout rate is 4.4% (compared with the state's 8.2%).
- Students in our class of 2018 received $45.8 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.
- 2018 enrollment is 42,789 students (an increase of 585 over the last school year).
- Student demographics in 2018-2019: 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 2017-18 school year, about 11,000 students (26%) were eligible for free or reduced-price meals, about 4,300 (10%) received Special Education services, and English was not the primary language for about 2,700 (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.