High School Overview

Director of high Schools

Kathleen Schlappal


The mission of Frederick County's 10 comprehensive public high schools is to challenge and help students in grades 9-12 to grow intellectually, personally and socially. Students are required to earn 25 credits to graduate, and upon graduation they should be able and willing to take the appropriate first steps into a chosen field of work or study, act as responsible citizens and lead productive lives.


In addition to a wide range of courses available at their local high schools, students may attend classes at the Career & Technology Center, participate in work-study ­programs and internships, and enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities. Qualified seniors may also enroll at local educational institutions, such as Frederick Community College.


Counselors meet with high school students and incoming freshmen at least once a year to evaluate and plan course schedules.