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Welcome to St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) where over 94% of our students graduate ready to take on the challenges of college or careers. With almost 18,000 students, our school system is large enough to offer a wide variety of academic programs and services, yet small enough to maintain an atmosphere of friendliness, helpfulness, and personalized service.  Our work is driven by three planning documents.  Links to each are below:

We understand that education must engage students and align to their interests and aspirations. To do this, we provide a tailored educational experience to our learners, offering choice of courses and academic pathways.  We are particularly proud of our signature academic pathways: the STEM Academy, The Academy of Global International Studies, The National Academy of Finance and our newest addition, the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. Couple this with our James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center and the possibilities for our students reflect the needs of the 21st Century.  

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STUDENT FACTS (2015 - 2016)

28 Schools
Elementary  18
Public Charter
Career & Technology Center
Fairlead Academy
Enrollment 17,941
White  65.6%
African American 18.1% 
Hispanic 6.7% 
Asian <5% 
American Indian/Alaska Native <5% 
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander <5% 
Two or More Races 6.5% 
Students Receiving Special Services 
Title I (Elementary Only) 26.4% 
Limited English Proficient <5% 
Free/Reduced Meals 31.1% 
Special Education 10.4% 
Attendance & Graduation 
Attendance - Elementary >95% 
Attendance - Middle 94.8% 
Attendance - High 93.4% 
Student Mobility (SY14) 
Elementary 18.4% 
Middle 11.7% 
High  11.1% 
Our Staff  
Professional Staff 1402 
Classified Staff 765 
Teachers' Average Years of Service 14.41 
Classes taught by highly qualified teachers  96.7% 
Average Class Size 
Grade Pre-K  18.5
Grade K  20.5
Grades 1-2 21.5
Grades 3-5 22.9
Grades 6-8 19.6
Grades 9-12 22.3
Educational Pathways Enrollment
Chesapeake Public Charter (K-8) 360 
Fairlead Academy I (9-10) 130 
Fairlead Academy II (11-12) 102 
J.A. Forrest Center (9-12) 975 
Academy of Finance (9-12) 114 
Academy of Visual & Performing Arts 32 
Global & International Studies (9-12) 118 
STEM Academies (4-12) 389 
Class of 2015
Graduation Rate (4-Year Cohort) 94.3% 
93.5% Dropout Rate 4.1% 
Attend a 4-Year College 32.8% 
Attend a 2-Year College 46.9% 
Attend a Trade/Technical School <5% 
Enter the Workforce 12% 
Enter the Military 5.3% 
Scholarships Offered $34.4M 
ELL Program
Approximately 228 students participate in the program for English Language Learners (ELL)
Early Childhood
165 students participate in Head Start, a federally funded early learning program for income eligible 3 and 4 year olds. Up to 760 spaces for half-day Pre-K (4) and 68 for Pre-K (3).
Full-day Kindergarten is currently held at all St. Mary's County Public Elementary Schools.