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 over 80,000 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 79 elementary schools (Pre-K or K, through grade 5), 19 middle schools (grades 6-8), and 12 high schools (grades 9-12).[1] AACPS maintains 2 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.

Many AACPS schools have garnered recognition for their academic programs, with appointment as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.[2][3] These schools are marked below with symbols representing their National-level (National Blue Ribbon School logo) and Maryland-level (Maryland flag) awards.

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[4] also offer a Pre-Kindergarten program for younger students who are "economically disadvantaged or homeless".[5] 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. The school 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]

Leadership[edit]

AACPS headquarters are in the Parole census-designated place, near Annapolis.[7][8] The Carol S. Parham Building houses the Board of Education,[9] school support departments, professional support facilities,[10] and meeting spaces.

The school system is governed by a nine-member Board of Education.[9] Eight members of the Board are elected to four-year terms (before 2018, these positions were appointed by the state governor),[11] and one student member is voted to a one-year term by the general student body.[9]

The Board appoints a Superintendent of Schools to administer the school system. The current superintendent is Dr. George Arlotto, who has served in this capacity since 2014.[12] Previous superintendents include:

  • Mamie J. Perkins, interim superintendent (2013-2014)[13]
  • Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, 11th superindendent (2006-2013)[14][15]
  • Nancy Mann, interim superintendent (2005-2006)
  • Eric Smith (2002-2005)[16]
  • Ken Lawson, interim superintendent (2001-2002)[16][17]
  • Dr. Carol S. Parham (1993-2001)[16][18]
  • C. Berry Carter II (1992-1993)[16][19]
  • Larry L. Lorton (1988-1992)[16][20]
  • Robert Rice (1986-1988)[16]
  • Edward J. Anderson (1968-1986)[16]
  • David Jenkins (1946-1968)[16]
  • George Fox (1916-1946)[16]

Pop-Tart controversy[edit]

Anne Arundel County public schools made headlines in March 2013 when school officials suspended 7-year-old Josh Welch for chewing a Pop-Tart pastry into a shape they thought resembled a gun and pretending to shoot his classmates. The Welch family, represented by attorney Robin Ficker, subsequently appealed to the district to have the two-day suspension removed from Josh's record, but the appeal was denied. The Welch family announced their intention to appeal the decision to the county school board,[21] which upheld the suspension after a 2014 hearing.[22] The Maryland State Board of Education also ruled to uphold the suspension.[23] The suspension was again upheld in county circuit court in 2016, with an 11-page ruling that cited "the student’s past history of escalating behavioral issues" and confirmed that "a suspension was appropriately used as a corrective tool".[22][23] Shortly after this ruling, the parents' suit was closed by mediation in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals with an "undisclosed settlement".[24][25] Officials at the school and the county maintained that "the case was never about a pastry or a gun, but rather an ongoing behavioral problem. They said that the boy disrupted the classroom repeatedly and that the suspension was a last resort."[25]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fast Facts 1395/57 (Rev. 9/13) (PDF), 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, September 2013, archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013, retrieved November 4, 2013
  2. ^ "Facts about AACPS". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Archived from the original on March 8, 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "About Blue Ribbon Schools". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Pre-Kindergarten". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Jackson, Alex (January 17, 2014). "O'Malley administration announces pre-K expansion bill". Capital Gazette. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Ruth Parker Eason School". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved February 10, 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.
  7. ^ Fast Facts 1395/57 (Rev. 5/12) (PDF), 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, May 2012, archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013, retrieved October 6, 2012
  8. ^ "2010 Census Block Map Parole CDP, Md. No. 4." (Archive) U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 6, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "Board of Education". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "Professional Growth & Development". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  11. ^ Lumpkin, Lauren (November 6, 2018). "Incumbents ousted in Anne Arundel's first school board race". Annapolis Capital. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "George Arlotto, Ed.D., Superintendent". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Mamie J. Perkins - Interim Superintendent". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 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.
  14. ^ "SUPERINTENDENT Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D". Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Archived from the original on September 18, 2006.
  15. ^ Toth, Sara (June 23, 2013). "Maxwell welcomed 'home' as Prince George's schools CEO". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hutzell, Rick (July 13, 2013). "Remembering Anne Arundel's 11th superintendent". Annapolis Capital. Retrieved January 22, 2019. Who was George Fox? No, not the Fantastic Mr. Fox nor the original Quaker. Fox was the first Anne Arundel County Public Schools superintendent. From 1916 to 1946, he brought the county school system out of the 19th century and is credited with allowing the creation of the first network of schools for African-American students.
  17. ^ Huslin, Anita (March 21, 2002). "Lawson a Low-Key Candidate for School Superintendent". Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  18. ^ Anonymous (March 9, 2011). "Dr. Carol Sheffey Parham". What's Up? Magazine. What's Up? Media. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  19. ^ Sevilla, Graciela (October 27, 1993). "Anne Arundel School Superintendent Resigns". Annapolis Capital. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  20. ^ Shen, Fern (January 18, 1992). "Embattled Anne Arundel School Superintendent Quitting June 30". Washington Post. Annapolis, Maryland. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  21. ^ Cox, Erin (May 30, 2013). "Pastry Gun Suspension Leads To NRA Membership: Josh Welch Becomes Lifetime Member". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  22. ^ a b Furgurson, E.B. III; Huang, Cindy (June 16, 2016). "Judge upholds suspension of boy in pastry gun incident". Annapolis Capital. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  23. ^ a b St. George, Donna (June 16, 2016). "Judge upholds suspension of student who chewed pastry into the shape of a gun". Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  24. ^ Belt, Deb (October 25, 2016). "Pop-Tart Gun School Suspension Case Settled After 3 Years: Parents and Anne Arundel County Public Schools have settled over the suspension of a boy who may have chewed his Pop-Tart into a gun shape". Patch. Patch Media. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  25. ^ a b St. George, Donna (October 25, 2016). "Resolution, years later, in boy's suspension over 'pastry gun'". Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2019.

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