Baltimore County Public Schools

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Baltimore County Public Schools
Balto County Public Schools.jpg
Location
Baltimore County, Maryland
United States
District information
Type Public
Superintendent S. Dallas Dance

Baltimore County Public Schools is the school district in charge of all public schools in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. It is the 25th largest school system in the US as of 2013.[1] The school system is managed by the Board of Education, headquartered in Towson. The superintendent is Dr. S. Dallas Dance.[2]

Schools[edit]

All areas in Baltimore County are unincorporated; as there are no incorporated cities in Baltimore County, all place names are neighborhoods, and have no legal jurisdiction over their areas.

Elementary schools[edit]

There are currently 106 elementary schools:

  • Arbutus Elementary School
  • Baltimore Highlands Elementary School
  • Battle Grove Elementary School
  • Bear Creek Elementary School
  • Bedford Elementary School
  • Berkshire Elementary School
  • Carney Elementary School
  • Carroll Manor Elementary School
  • Catonsville Elementary School
  • Cedarmere Elementary School
  • Chadwick Elementary School
  • Chapel Hill Elementary School
  • Charlesmont Elementary School
  • Chase Elementary School
  • Chatsworth School
  • Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School
  • Church Lane Elementary Technology
  • Colgate Elementary School
  • Cromwell Valley Elementary Magnet School
  • Deep Creek Elementary School
  • Deer Park Elementary School
  • Dogwood Elementary School
  • Dundalk Elementary School
  • Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School
  • Edgemere Elementary School
  • Edmondson Heights Elementary School
  • Elmwood Elementary School
  • Essex Elementary School
  • Glenmar Elementary School
  • Glyndon Elementary School
  • Grange Elementary School
  • Gunpowder Elementary School
  • Halethorpe Elementary School
  • Halstead Academy
  • Hampton Elementary School
  • Harford Hills Elementary School
  • Hawthorne Elementary School
  • Hebbville Elementary School
  • Hernwood Elementary School
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Jacksonville Elementary School
  • Johnnycake Elementary School
  • Joppa View Elementary School
  • Kingsville Elementary School
  • Lansdowne Elementary School
  • Logan Elementary School
  • Lutherville Laboratory
  • Mars Estates Elementary School
  • Martin Boulevard Elementary School
  • Mays Chapel Elementary School
  • McCormick Elementary School
  • Middleborough Elementary School
  • Middlesex Elementary School
  • Milbrook Elementary School
  • New Town Elementary School
  • Norwood Elementary School
  • Oakleigh Elementary School
  • Oliver Beach Elementary School
  • Orems Elementary School
  • Owings Mills Elementary School
  • Padonia International Elementary School
  • Perry Hall Elementary School
  • Pine Grove Elementary School
  • Pinewood Elementary School
  • Pleasant Plains Elementary School
  • Pot Spring Elementary School
  • Powhatan Elementary School
  • Prettyboy Elementary School
  • Randallstown Elementary School
  • Red House Run Elementary School
  • Reisterstown Elementary School
  • Relay Elementary School
  • Riderwood Elementary School
  • Riverview Elementary School
  • Rodgers Forge Elementary School
  • Sandalwood Elementary School
  • Sandy Plains Elementary School
  • Scotts Branch Elementary School
  • Seneca Elementary School
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School
  • Seventh District Elementary School
  • Shady Spring Elementary School
  • Sparks Elementary School
  • Stoneleigh Elementary School
  • Summit Park Elementary School
  • Sussex Elementary School
  • Timber Grove Elementary School
  • Timonium Elementary School
  • Victory Villa Elementary School
  • Villa Cresta Elementary School
  • Vincent Farm Elementary School
  • Warren Elementary School
  • Wellwood International School (formerly Wellwood Elementary School)
  • Westchester Elementary School
  • Westowne Elementary School
  • West Towson Elementary School
  • Winand Elementary School
  • Winfield Elementary School
  • Woodbridge Elementary School
  • Woodholme Elementary School
  • Woodmoor Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

In the mid-1980s, Baltimore County shifted the grades in the intermediate-level schools. Until this time, the schools were called "junior high schools" and had grades 7-9. The 9th grade was moved into the high school and the 6th grade was moved in from nearby elementary schools, creating the current "middle school" model with grades 6-8. There are currently 30 middle schools:

  • Arbutus Middle School
  • Bridge Center
  • Catonsville Middle School
  • Cockeysville Middle School
  • Deep Creek Magnet Middle School
  • Deer Park Middle Magnet School
  • Dumbarton Middle School
  • Dundalk Middle School
  • General John Stricker Middle School
  • Golden Ring Middle School
  • Hereford Middle School
  • Holabird Middle School
  • Lansdowne Middle School
  • Loch Raven Technical Academy
  • Meadowwood Education Center
  • Middle River Middle School
  • Old Court Middle School
  • Parkville Middle and Center of Technology
  • Perry Hall Middle School
  • Pikesville Middle School
  • Pine Grove Middle School
  • Ridgely Middle School
  • Rosedale Center Middle School
  • Southwest Academy
  • Sparrows Point Middle School
  • Stemmers Run Middle School
  • Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
  • Windsor Mill Middle School
  • Woodlawn Middle School

High schools[edit]

There are currently 25 high schools:

High School Advanced Placement Scores 2015

High School High School Enrollment AP Exams AP Exams 3+ AP Exams 3+ %
Catonsville 1758 799 568 71.1%
Cheasapeake 991 193 59 30.6%
Dulaney 1803 1791 1493 83.4%
Dundalk 1435 151 30 19.9%
Eastern Technology 1106 770 581 75.5%
Carver 853 511 410 80.2%
Hereford 1188 880 657 74.7%
Kenwood 1629 268 69 25.7%
Landsdowne 1234 172 52 30.2%
Loch Raven 884 454 269 59.3%
Milford Mill 1519 286 45 15.7%
New Town 997 124 62 50.0%
Overlea 963 122 33 27.0%
Owings Mills 932 250 93 37.2%
Parkville 1596 315 156 49.5%
Patapsco 1434 298 111 37.2%
Perry Hall 2105 964 609 63.2%
Pikesville 840 492 336 68.3%
Randallstown 1021 180 54 30.0%
Sparrows Point 860 135 58 43.0%
Towson 1444 1303 1031 79.1%
Western 926 515 418 81.2%
Woodlawn 1385 76 15 19.7%

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Pure magnet schools[edit]

These schools can be attended by any Baltimore County student. Students attend these schools as full-time students.

· Sudbrook Magnet Middle School

Specialty schools[edit]

  • Battle Monument
  • Bridge Center
  • Campfield Early Childhood Center
  • Hannah More School
  • Imagine Discovery Public Charter School
  • Maiden Choice School
  • R.I.C.A. Catonsville Education Center
  • Ridge Ruxton School
  • Rosedale Center Middle and High School
  • White Oak School

Issues[edit]

In 1978, due to a dip in enrollment projections the elimination of six elementary schools and the repurposing of two middle schools was proposed by the board and eventually implemented by then superintendent Robert Y. Dubel despite significant public objection . At the January 11, 1978 board meeting: Dundalk, Gray Manor, Inverness, Lutherville, Parkville, and Towson elementary schools were proposed to be closed; Eastwood and Ruxton elementary schools proposed to be repurposed as special education facilities; and Towsontown Junior to be repurposed as Central Vocational-Technical Center.[4]

Overcrowding in some elementary schools due to population growth became an issue in 2007, particularly at four elementary schools in the Towson area — Hampton, Riderwood, Rodgers Forge, and Stoneleigh — which were said to have 451 more children than their 1,665-pupil capacity.[5] In December 2007, a parents' advocacy group, Towson Families United, called for construction of a new elementary school to alleviate overcrowding, with the group threatening a demonstration near the courthouse office of Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith, Jr..[6] On May 6, 2008, the School Board announced that a new school would open in 2010 near the existing Ridge Ruxton School on Charles Street.[6]

Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.)[edit]

To create 21st century learning environments that allow for student-centered learning experiences within the school system's "Framework for Teaching and Learning", Baltimore County Public Schools has established Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.).[7] S.T.A.T. is aligned with the school system's "Theory of Action", part of which is to "ensure that every school has an equitable, effective digital learning environment".[8] The work that supports S.T.A.T.’s goals includes the district’s conversions of curriculum, instruction, assessment, organizational development, infrastructure, communications, policy, and budget.[9]

Additional information and notability[edit]

BCPS has a 1.76 billion budget as per 2016, with a total enrollment of 111,127 students. The majority of its students are white (42.1%) and a 38.8% black student enrollment. Asians and Latinos are a minority with 6.7% and 7.7% enrollment respectively. In 2014, Sean McComb of Patapsco High School was named National Teacher of the Year. Superintendent S. Dallas Dance was appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans in August 2014. The school system was accepted into the prestigious 32-member League of Innovative Schools in February 2013. BCPS is the only school system in Maryland to be designated as ISO 9001 international certification for management.[10]

Leadership[edit]

The school district is led by superintendent S. Dallas Dance and his respective cabinet, consisting of a chief of staff as well as academic, communications, administrative operations, and human resource officers.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 AS&U 100: Largest school districts in the U.S. by enrollment, 2012-13".  American School & University (2012-13 school year)
  2. ^ "Office of the Superintendent". Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  3. ^ http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/rschool.aspx?K=03AAAA&WDATA=school
  4. ^ Robert Y Dubel; Robert V Barton Jr (1978-12-23). The Baltimore Sun. p. A18.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Gina Davis (2008-05-04). "Towson's Crowded Schools". The Baltimore Sun. 
  6. ^ a b Gina Davis (2008-05-12). "Homework brings results". The Baltimore Sun. 
  7. ^ "Framework for Teaching and Learning" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "BCPS Blueprint 2.0: Our Way Forward" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "S.T.A.T.". www.bcps.org. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  10. ^ "The System - About Us". 
  11. ^ "Superintendent's Cabinet". 

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