Anne Arundel County Public Schools

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools is the public school district serving Anne Arundel County, Maryland. With almost 78,000 students,[1] the AACPS school system is the 5th largest in Maryland and the 46th largest in the United States. The district has over 5,000 teachers[1] supporting a comprehensive curriculum from Pre-K through 12th grade.

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Locator map of Anne Arundel County within Maryland.

Schools[edit]

AACPS primarily consists of 78 elementary schools (Pre-K or K, through grade 5), 19 middle schools (grades 6-8), and 13 high schools (grades 9-12). AACPS maintains two centers of applied technology, 2 charter schools, 3 special education centers, 1 alternative high school, 1 middle school learning center, and 1 center for emotionally impaired students known as the Phoenix Center.

List of high schools[edit]

List of middle schools[edit]

Partial list of elementary schools[edit]

AACPS elementary schools serve students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Some schools[2] also offer a Pre-Kindergarten program for younger students who are "economically disadvantaged or homeless".[3] Among AACPS's elementary schools are:

Public charter schools[edit]

Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School (CSP) is a magnet school for math and science that was founded in 2003 by the volunteer non-profit Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF), after the Charter School Law (Bill 75) was put into effect in July 2003, authorizing the establishment of charter schools in the state of Maryland. Admission to CSP is via an application and lottery basis.

The Monarch Academy is another charter school in Anne Arundel County. It is similar to Chesapeake Science Point, but located in Glen Burnie.

Other schools of note[edit]

Facts and figures[edit]

AACPS schools have garnered recognition for its academic programs including:

  • 12 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence[5]
    • Benfield Elementary School
    • Bodkin Elementary School
    • Broadneck Elementary School
    • Crofton Meadows Elementary School
    • Folger McKinsey Elementary School
    • Jones Elementary School
    • Mayo Elementary School
    • Oak Hill Elementary School
    • Severna Park High School
    • Severna Park Middle School
    • Southern High School
    • West Annapolis Elementary School
  • 16 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence[5]
    • Benfield Elementary School
    • Bodkin Elementary School
    • Broadneck Elementary School
    • Crofton Meadows Elementary School
    • Crofton Middle School
    • Folger McKinsey Elementary School
    • Jones Elementary School
    • Linthicum Elementary School
    • Mayo Elementary School
    • Oak Hill Elementary School
    • Severna Park High School
    • Severna Park Middle School
    • Shipley's Choice Elementary School
    • South River High School
    • Southern High School
    • West Annapolis Elementary School

AACPS headquarters are in the Parole census-designated place, near Annapolis.[6][7] The current interim superintendent is Mamie J. Perkins.[8]

Controversy[edit]

Anne Arundel County public schools made headlines on March 1, 2013 when school officials suspended 7-year-old Josh Welch for chewing a Pop-Tart pastry into a shape that they thought resembled a gun. The Welch family, represented by attorney Robin Ficker, subsequently appealed to the district to have the suspension removed from Josh's record, but the appeal was denied. The Welch family has announced their intention to appeal the decision to the county school board.[9]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fast Facts 1395/57 (Rev. 9/13) (PDF), 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, September 2013, retrieved 4 November 2013 
  2. ^ "Pre-Kindergarten". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jackson, Alex (January 17, 2014). "O'Malley administration announces pre-K expansion bill". Capital Gazette. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ruth Parker Eason School". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved 10 February 2014. "Ruth Parker Eason is a public, separate day school located in Millersville, Maryland in Anne Arundel County. Our school provides a full day special education program for students ages 3 through 21 with moderate to severe disabilities." 
  5. ^ a b "Facts about AACPS". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Archived from the original on March 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  6. ^ Fast Facts 1395/57 (Rev. 5/12) (PDF), 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, May 2012, retrieved 6 October 2012 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Block Map Parole CDP, Md. No. 4." (Archive) U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 6, 2012.
  8. ^ "Mamie J. Perkins - Interim Superintendent". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved 4 November 2013. "Mamie Johns Perkins was appointed as interim superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools on July 23, 2013. Her term runs from August 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014." 
  9. ^ Cox, Erin (May 30, 2013). "Pastry Gun Suspension Leads To NRA Membership: Josh Welch Becomes Lifetime Member". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 

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