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Click to watch channel 96 live stream Click to watch the most recent and past graduation ceremonies online. Click to view the official SMCPS Facebook page Click to view the official SMCPS Twitter feed Click to view the offical SMCPS YouTube channel Click to view the official SMCPS LinkedIn page Click to access the Home Access Center login page Click for freqently asked questions and general website information

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 2018 Annual Report to find out even more.

 2018 Annual Report (pdf)

CLICK HERE for 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 (2018-2019)

28 Schools
Elementary  18
Public Charter
Middle
High
Career & Technology Center
Fairlead Academy
Enrollment (projected) 17998
White  63.4%
African American 18.3% 
Hispanic 7.5% 
Asian <5% 
American Indian/Alaska Native <5% 
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander <5% 
Two or More Races 7.9% 
Students Receiving Special Services 
Title I (Elementary Only) 14.9% 
Limited English Proficient <5% 
Free/Reduced Meals 32% 
Special Education 10.1% 
Attendance & Graduation 
Attendance - Elementary 94.6% 
Attendance - Middle 94.2% 
Attendance - High 92.8% 
Student Mobility (SY17) 
Elementary 18.1% 
Middle 12.4% 
High  9.8% 
Our Staff  
Professional Staff 1,468 
Classified Staff 787 
Teachers' Average Years of Service 13.5 
Average Class Size 
Grade Pre-K  20
Grade K  18
Grades 1-2 19.5
Grades 3-5 21
Grades 6-8 24
Grades 9-12 22
Educational Pathways Enrollment
Chesapeake Public Charter (K-8) 440 
Fairlead Academy I (9-10) 156 
Fairlead Academy II (11-12) 80 
J.A. Forrest Center (9-12) 1,019 
Academy of Finance (9-12) 144 
Academy of Visual & Performing Arts 74 
Global & International Studies (9-12) 128 
STEM Academies (4-12) 407 
Class of 2018
Graduation Rate (4-Year Cohort, class of '17) 93.9% 
Dropout Rate 3.7% 
Attend a 4-Year College 32% 
Attend a 2-Year College 47% 
Attend a Trade/Technical School <5% 
Enter the Workforce 11% 
Enter the Military 7% 
Scholarships Offered $29.2M 
ELL Program
Approximately 279 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 800 Pre-K 4 spaces with 760 spaces for half day and 40 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.