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Impact Aid

Each year we ask all families to update their contact information on the Emergency Information Form and to complete the Federal Impact Aid Program Survey form. St. Mary’s County Public Schools System is asking families to submit their Impact Aid information online via a digital format.  

SMCPS is encouraging all parents/guardians to please take the time to access and complete the form online, which can be located in the Home Access Center (HAC). Directions on accessing the form can be found here.

Early Education Registration

2021-2022 Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start Applications are now open. Learn more about head start applications or early education apply online.

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    About Us

    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 approximately 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.

    Great things are happening in our school system, check out the 2020 Annual Report to find out even more.

    Here is information about the new Maryland School Report Card.

    Schools, Staff, Stakeholders, and Sustainability Crest Click to access the Comittment to School webpage Click to access the Comittment to Staff webpage Click to access the Comittments webpage Click to access the Commitment to Stake Holders webpage Click to access the Comittment to Sustainability webpage

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    STUDENT FACTS (2019-2020)

    Number of Schools

    Type of SchoolNumber of Schools
    Elementary 18
    Public Charter 1
    Middle 4
    High 3
    Career & Technology Center 1
    Fairlead Academy 1

    Enrollment (projected) 17,244

    Race/EthnicityPercentage of Student Base
    White 62.7%
    African American 18.33%
    Hispanic 7.6%
    Asian <5%
    American Indian/Alaska Native <5%
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander <5%
    Two or More Races 8.51%

     Students Receiving Special Services

    Name of ProgramPercentage of Student Base
    Title I (Elementary Only) 13.48%
    Limited English Proficient <5%
    Free/Reduced Meals 34.64%
    Special Education 10.52%

    Attendance 

    Type of SchoolPercentage of Student Base
    Elementary 94.4%
    Middle 93.7%
    High 92.8%

    Student Mobility (SY19)

    Name of ProgramPercentage of Student Base
    Elementary 19.8%
    Middle 15.8%
    High 14.4%

     Our Staff

    Type of StaffNumber of Staff
    Professional Staff 1,491
    Classified Staff 780

    Teacher's average years of service is 13.1 years.

    Average Class Size

    GradeNumber of Students
    Pre-Kindergarten 17
    Kindergarten 18
    1-2 18
    3-5 20
    6-8 23
    9-12 25.5

     Educational Pathways Enrollment (unofficial)

    Name of PathwaysNumber of Student Base
    Chesapeake Public Charter (K-8)   477
    Fairlead Academy I (9-10)   130
    Fairlead Academy II (11-12)   131
    J.A. Forrest Center (9-12) 1,044
    Academy of Finance (9-12)    100
    Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (9-11)      80
    Global & International Studies (9-12)    122
    STEM Academies (4-12)    414

    Class of 2020

    Students Post GraduationPercentage of Student Base
    Graduation Rate (4-Year Cohort, Class of 2019)   94.3%
    Dropout Rate    3.9%
    Attend a 4-Year College   35%
    Attend a 2-Year College   46%
    Attend a Trade/Technical School     1%
    Enter the Workforce   11%
    Enter the Military     7%

     

    ELL Program

    Approximately 278 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. There are 810 Pre-K 4 spaces with 760 spaces for half day and 50 full day spaces. There are 68 half day spaces for Pre-K 3. Full-day kindergarten is currently held at all St. Mary's County public elementary schools.