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Links to our back to school activities and camp resources

Summer Programs are open! Learn more about these opportunities or sign up today!

Blueprint for Maryland's Future

The Blueprint for Maryland's Future Act is a piece of legislation intended to enhance and improve the state and local investment in, and school system operation of, Maryland's public schools. Learn more about the Maryland Blueprint with this website or by watching this video.

02/25/2022 Letter from Superintendent - Masking Update

Effective Monday, February 28, 2022, SMCPS will no longer require masking in any of our buildings; instead, we will be
recommending students and staff who are medically vulnerable or are not fully vaccinated to mask.

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Program of Studies

Please take the time to review our 2022-2023 Program of Studies.

2021-2022 Annual Report

Our Annual Report is live. It's full of important information about our schools, programs, and the future of our system. You can find it here.

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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 2021 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 (2021-2022)

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 17,480

Race/EthnicityPercentage of Student Base
White 62.16%
African American 18.54%
Hispanic  7.76%
Asian    <5%
American Indian/Alaska Native    <5%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander    <5%
Two or More Races  8.71%

 Students Receiving Special Services

Name of ProgramPercentage of Student Base
Title I (Elementary Only) 13.48%
Limited English Proficient <5%
Free/Reduced Meals 31.17%
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 1,516
Classified Staff    776

Teacher's average years of service is 13.2 years.

Average Class Size

GradeNumber of Students
Pre-Kindergarten 13
Kindergarten 17
1-2 19
3-5 21
6-8 23
9-12 21

 Educational Pathways Enrollment 

Name of PathwaysNumber of Student Base
Chesapeake Public Charter (K-8)   492
Fairlead Academy (10-12)   109
J.A. Forrest Center (9-12) 1,030 
Academy of Finance (9-12)      78
Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (9-11)      67 
Global & International Studies (9-12)      96
STEM Academies (5-12)    336

Class of 2021

Students Post GraduationPercentage of Student Base
Graduation Rate (4-Year Cohort, Class of 2021) *Unofficial Estimated*       94%
Dropout Rate *Unofficial Estimated*      4.1%
Attend a 4-Year College      30%
Attend a 2-Year College      35%
Attend a Trade/Technical School        3%
Enter the Workforce      18%
Enter the Military        6%
Scholarships Offered  $31.5M

 

ELL Program

Approximately 320 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.