How to Use the Student Education Planning Guide

The Student Education Planning Guide is a resource designed to support students and families in developing and maintaining a meaningful post-secondary plan. Consultation with counselors, teachers, and school personnel should occur each year in order to update the Six-Year Education Plan.

  1. Review and consider results from previous interest inventories such as those completed in Family Connections. Use this link to access information on how to use Family Connections in educational and career planning: Family Connections. Please contact your school counselor for login information.

  2. Using this information, select the career cluster(s) that most closely aligns with interest inventory and/or career exploration results. From here, choose a career pathway within the cluster matching interests, abilities, and post-secondary plans.

  3. Arts, Media, and Communication
    • Literary Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts
    • Interactive Media Production
    Business, Finance, and Information Technology
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Business Administration
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    Health and Human Services
    • Education
    • Government/Public Services
    • Health Services and Personal Care
    • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
    Science, Engineering, and Technology
    • Engineering, Manufacturing, and Construction
    • Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources
    • Science and Technology Studies
    • Transportation Technologies
  4. Complete the six-year education plan or revise it with your school counselor as progress is made towards the completion of graduation requirements. Use the course descriptions in choosing courses that meet graduation requirements and are related to post-secondary plans. Consult with your school counselor and other resources such as college advisors, military, trade personnel, employers, and others.

Checklist for successful completion of the registration process.

Six-Year Education Plan






Required Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Credits Years 13 & 14
English (4) English English English English
Mathematics (4) Math Math Math Math
Science (3) Science Science Science
Social Studies (3) American Government World History U.S. History
Fine Arts (1) Fine Arts
Phys. Ed. (1) Physical Education (0.5)
Health (0.5) Health (0.5) Health (0.5) - for Graduates 2024-2025 School Year and Beyond
Technology Requirement (1) Foundations of Tech
or
AP Computer Science Principles
Career Pathway and
Completer Program
Requirements (4-6)*
Electives

Career Pathway and Completer Program Requirements:

4 credits in an approved CTE Career Completer Program
or
4 credits in a Career Pathway Program + 2 World Languages + USM requirements (4 years of math including Algebra II or beyond in the senior year)
or
4 credits in a Career Pathway Program + 2 Advanced Technology or 4 credits in the General Engineering Pathway (Only for Graduates prior to the 2023-2025 School Year)

Career Cluster/Pathways:

Activities to Consider

Tests Recommended:  

Graduation Credits Requirements

Requirements for graduation from a Maryland Public High School are listed below. Students must earn a minimum of 26 credits in Grades 9 through 12 to receive a Maryland High School Diploma from Harford County Public Schools.



*Select the subject area to view the course sequence chart. Download

Subject Area
Specific Credit Requirements
English*
4 credits
Mathematics*
4 credits, including
  • 1 in Algebra I
  • 1 in Geometry
Must be enrolled in a mathematics course in each year of high school (maximum of 4 years of attendance, unless in the 5th or 6th year a mathematics course is needed to meet a graduation requirement)
Science*
3 credits
  • Students must complete coursework reflecting content from all three science disciplines: Earth and Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Select the link Science* to view science course options.
Social Studies*
3 credits, including
  • 1 in American Government
  • 1 in World History
  • 1 in U.S. History
Fine Arts
1 credit
Physical Education
1 credit
  • 0.5 credit must include Foundations of Fitness and Physical Activity
Health
0.5 credit
Technology
1 credit
  • Entering Class of 2014-2015 (Senior Class of 2018): Foundations of Technology
  • Entering Classes of 2015-16, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 (Senior Class of 2019, 2020, 2021): Foundations of Technology or AP Computer Science Principles
Career Pathway and Completer Program Requirements
4-6 credits
  • 4 credits in an approved Career & Technology Education (CTE) Career Completer Program
or
  • 4 credits in a Career Pathway Program + 2 World Language + University Systems of Maryland (USM) requirements (4 years of math including Algebra II or beyond in the senior year)
or
  • 4 credits in a Career Pathway Program + 2 Advanced Technology or 4 credits in the General Engineering Pathway
Electives
May vary according to program.


*Select the subject area to view the course sequence chart. Download

Subject Area
Specific Credit Requirements
English*
4 credits
Mathematics*
4 credits, including
  • 1 in Algebra I
  • 1 in Geometry
Must be enrolled in a mathematics course in each year of high school (maximum of 4 years of attendance, unless in the 5th or 6th year a mathematics course is needed to meet a graduation requirement)
Science*
3 credits
  • Students must complete coursework reflecting content from all three science disciplines: Earth and Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Select the link Science* to view science course options.
Social Studies*
3 credits, including
  • 1 in American Government
  • 1 in World History
  • 1 in U.S. History
Fine Arts
1 credit
Physical Education
1 credit
  • 0.5 credit must include Foundations of Fitness and Physical Activity
Health
1 credit
Technology
1 credit
  • Foundations of Technology or AP Computer Science Principles
Career Pathway and Completer Program Requirements
4-6 credits
  • 4 credits in an approved Career & Technology Education (CTE) Career Completer Program
or
  • 4 credits in a Career Pathway Program + 2 credits of same World Language + University Systems of Maryland (USM) requirements (4 years of math including Algebra II or beyond in the senior year)
Electives
May vary according to program.

Student Service Requirement

There is a service learning component in the requirements for earning a Maryland High School Diploma. Student service learning activities are integrated into the existing HCPS curriculum for all subject areas in Grades 6-12. Students enrolled in Harford County Public Schools for three years beyond Grade 5 have met the state requirement for service learning.

The goals of the student service learning program are to promote a commitment to lifelong service, to develop responsible citizens, and to heighten the awareness of the needs of others and the global society in general. By infusing service education in the curriculum, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to appropriately serve others beyond their schooling years. Community service clubs and organizations are in full operation in each middle and high school to provide students with a wider range of service learning experiences.

Maryland Graduation State Assessment Requirements

as of April 1, 2022

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) regulates graduation assessment requirements and information is subject to change per the MSDE.

Students graduating with a Maryland High School Diploma must meet assessment requirements in Algebra I, English 10, Government, and High School Science. The Maryland State Board of Education determines and revises the graduation assessment requirements as needed. In May 2020, the Maryland State Board of Education approved the current assessment requirements to account for 2020 COVID school closure during spring 2020 (see below). Updates to the Student Education Planning Guide will be made as they become available and the latest revision of this document will be located on here with a revision date . For specific questions regarding your student’s requirements, please refer to the grade level/graduation year box and/or contact the school counselor.

WAIVERS GRANTED BY MSDE
Algebra I
English 10

Any student slated to test for the first time, retest, or complete a Bridge Plan project during the 2019-20 school year and passed the respective course (Algebra I and/or English 10) before or during the 2019-2020 school year, received a COVID waiver for participating and passing the assessment.

If a student is enrolled in Algebra I and/or English 10 during the 2020-21 school year and passes the respective course, they will receive a waiver for passing the respective assignment. These students are still required to participate in the assessment during the 2021-22 school year. A passing score is not required for graduation for these students.

Government

Any student slated to test for the first time, retest, or complete a Bridge Plan project during the 2020-21 school year and passed the American Government course before or during the 2020-21 school year, receives a waiver for the participation and passing the HSA Government assessment.

Note: If a senior graduating in the 2021-2022 school year has not yet met the Government assessment requirement, the student must pass the course in order to be waived from participating or passing the assessment, per the MSDE waiver adopted on March 23, 2021.

LS MISA
(Science)

Any student slated to test for the first time, retest, or complete a Bridge Plan project during the 2019-2020 school year and passed at least one of the courses: Biology; Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Systems(EES); Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC); or Physics before or during the 2019-2020 school year, received a COVID waiver for participating and passing the HS MISA assessment.

Any student enrolled in one of the respective science courses for the first time during the 2020-21 school year and passes the respective course during the 2020-21 school year will receive a waiver for passing the HS MISA assessment. However, these students must participate in the assessment during the 2021-22 school year. If a student received a COVID waiver during the 2019-20 school year, they are not required to participate or pass the assessment.

Graduation Requirement Charts for Assessed High School Courses

Assessment Key
State Test Acronym HSA LS MISA (formerly HS MISA) MCAP (formerly PARCC)
State Test Title High School Assessment Life Science Maryland Integrated Science Assessment Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (formerly Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career)
Content Area(s) Assessed by Test
  • Algebra (2013-2014 and prior)
  • Biology (2016-2017 and prior)
  • English 10 (2013-2014 and prior)
  • American Government
  • Biology
  • Algebra I (2014-2015 and after)
  • English 10 (2014-2015 and after)

Content Assessment Requirements
Algebra I
English 10
  • Receive a COVID waiver during the 2019-20 school year by passing the respective course during or prior to the 2019-20 school year.
  • Pass the respective course in the 2020-21 school year and participate in the assessment in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Pass the respective course in the 2021-2022 school year and participate in the assessment in the Spring of 2022.
  • Criteria for 2022-23 and beyond has not yet been established by MSDE.
Government
  • Receive a COVID waiver during the 2019-20 school year by passing the course during or prior to the 2019-20 school year.
  • Pass the course in the 2020-21 school year. (These students are not required to participate in this assessment).
  • Pass the course in the 2021-2022 school year and participate in the assessment in Spring of 2022.
  • Criteria for 2022-23 and beyond has not yet been established by MSDE.
Science
  • Receive a COVID waiver during the 2019-20 school year by passing Biology, Chemistry, Physics, EES, or IPC during or prior to the 2019-20 school year.
  • Pass Biology, Chemistry, Physics, EES, or IPC for the first time during the 2020-21 school year and participate in the HS MISA or LS MISA assessment in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Pass Biology in the 2021-2022 school year and participate in the LS MISA assessment in Spring 2022.
  • Criteria for 2022-23 and beyond has not yet been established by MSDE.

Information accurate as of April 1, 2022 and subject to change per MSDE.

College and Career Ready Designation

On May 16, 2013, Senate Bill 740 (SB 740) was passed by the General Assembly of Maryland into law. Also labeled the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act, the law defines College and Career Readiness (CCR) and establishes the fiscal obligations for LEAs and their local community colleges with regard to dual enrollment.

Specifically, §7-205.1 of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland (COMAR) states:

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, all students shall be assessed using acceptable college placement cut scores no later than 11th grade to determine whether the student is ready for college-level, credit-bearing course work in English Language Arts, Literacy, and Mathematics…[and] the Department [Maryland State Department of Education], in collaboration with local school systems and public community colleges, shall develop and implement transition courses or other instructional opportunities to be delivered in the 12th grade to students who have not achieved college and career readiness by the end of the 11th grade. The implementation of transition courses or other instructional opportunities…shall include an assessment or reassessment of the student after completion of the course; and may not preclude or replace enrollment in a course otherwise required for graduation from high school.

The chart below indicates the assessment options used to achieve the college and career readiness designation. This information is accurate as of December 11, 2017 and subject to change based upon MSDE mandates and Maryland legislative actions. Updates to the Student Education Planning Guide will be made as they become available and the latest revision of the chart will be located on here  with a revision date.


Maryland Local Education Agencies Options for Initial CCR Determination

(The required score depends on the year in which the student first took the CCR assessment.)

English Language Arts (ELA)

Assessment Options 2017-2019
Assessment Score
SAT
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing Section (EBRW)

480+
ACT
  • Average of English and Reading Subject Tests

21+
Accuplacer
  • Reading
  • Writing

  • Reading 263+
  • Writing 263+
AP
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition

3+
IB
  • Language A
  • Literature SL or HL

4+
Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP)
  • English 10

725*

Mathematics

Assessment Options 2017-2019
Assessment Score
SAT
  • Mathematics Section

530+
ACT
  • Math Subject Test

21+
Accuplacer
  • College Level Mathematics

263
Quantitative Reasoning Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) assessment for Intermediate Algebra; Liberal Arts Math; Topics in Math Literacy; First or only Statistics Course; Finite Math

272
QAS for College Algebra; Concepts for Elementary Teachers I, II, & III; AND ALSO Intermediate Algebra; Liberal Arts Math; Topics in Math Literacy; First or only Statistics Course; Finite Math
AP
  • AB Calculus
  • BC Calculus
  • Statistics

3+
IB
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematics HL
  • Further Mathematics

4+
Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP)
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry*

725*

* Students in Grade 8 for School Year 2019-2020 must achieve a score of 750.

** The Geometry assessment may be used as a no-cost CCR assessment for 11th grade students enrolled in Geometry. Eleventh grade students who earn a score of 750 or higher on the Geometry assessment are not required to take a mathematics transition course or senior year reassessment. For 11th graders enrolled in Geometry who take MCAP, a score of 750+ does not indicate placement in a college credit-bearing course.


Additional CCR Determination Options

Dual Enrollment Students who have been granted permission to take and are enrolled in a college-level credit-bearing mathematics/ELA course by the end of their junior year are considered CCR and do not have to take a CCR assessment.
Local Agreements LSSs may use alternate means for determining CCR if an agreement exists between the LSS and a local community college that allows students to take college-level credit-bearing mathematics/ELA coursework using different metrics.
GPA The MOU states that LSSs may use: "The verified cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or better be used to signify the college-readiness of the applicant; the GPA will have an expiration date of no less than 5 years, regarding its utility as a metric for college-readiness. As such, the applicant would not have to take the Accuplacer exam, or otherwise be restricted from registering for credit classes. This measure does not apply to grades earned in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The use of the recommended 3.0 or higher high school GPA, after junior year, as an alternative measure for College-Readiness at all Maryland community colleges will be in place by Fall 2019." Please note that this is for the purposes of CCR designation only. A review of the metric will occur within three years of the implementation of the new alternative measure.

Senior Year Reassessment Options

  • All of the previously listed CCR determination options;
  • An assessment agreed to via an agreement with a local community college; or
  • An assessment agreed to via an agreement with a local community college; orFor CTE students only, a Technical Skill Assessment recognized by MSDE leading to a license or an industry recognized certification.

Considerations for students completing Career and Technical Programs of Study

CTE students who are not designated CCR by the end of the 11th grade must:

  • complete an appropriate transition course or other instructional opportunity in conjunction with the completion of a State-Approved CTE Program of Study.
  • be reassessed by the end of the senior year. Reassessment options include all of the CCR Assessment Options previously described in the PSSAM/MACC MOU (p. 60), as well as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Technical Skill Assessments that lead to earning a license or industry certification, or early college credit. A Technical Skill Assessment recognized by MSDE leading to a license or an industry certification is an additional reassessment option for CTE students only. (See the next section for complete details.)

Extracted from MSDE CCR Toolkit and accurate as of December 2019. Subject to change per MSDE.

Advanced Courses with a Weighted GPA

Advanced courses with a weighted GPA include Advanced Placement(AP), International Baccalaureate(IB) program, Dual Credit, and Honors courses. Additionally, a variety of courses have been identified by principals and content supervisors and approved by the General Curriculum Committee(GCC) to be of sufficient rigor and awarded a weighted GPA.


Weighted Grades for AP, IB, Dual Credit, Honors, and Identified Rigorous Approved Courses

Grades Grade Points for Weighted Courses Grade Points for Non-Weighted Courses
A 5.0 4.0
B 4.0 3.0
C 3.0 2.0
D 1.0 1.0
E 0.0 0.0

AP, IB, Dual Credit, Honors, and Identified Rigorous courses all receive a weighted grade for the credit earned. AP, IB, Dual Credit(HCC) and Honors courses are noted as part of the course title. Dual Credit, Honors and Identified Rigorous approved courses contain a "W" as the fifth character of the course number(i.e., Honors Algebra II MA07W). Course names, numbers and descriptions can be viewed here.

Student Enrollment Options

In recognition of the fact that four-year enrollment in public high school may not serve the best interest of some students, the following Student Enrollment Options (SEO) are available. (Granted under the authority of COMAR 13A.03.02.03 and 13a.03.02.10) Requirements, application, and approval procedures for effective implementation of SEO are developed by HCPS.
Select the blue button "HCPS Student Enrollment Options" to access the application.

Student Enrollment Options
Accelerated Graduation
  • Grades 11-12
  • Early Graduation
  • Waiver of Second Semester
Dual Enrollment*
  • Click Here for general information about Dual Enrollment
  • See your school counselor for additional details
College Course or Transfer Pathway Note: Tuition discount with minimum unweighted GPA 2.4+.

Early College Program
  • Grades 9-12
  • Magnet Program Application
Note: Tuition Discount with minimum unweighted GPA 2.4+.

Workforce Pathway
  • Grades 11-12
  • On-track with graduation requirements
Note: Courses earn stackable credentials for certification or licensure.
Part-time Attendance
  • Grade 12
  • Extraordinary Circumstance
  • Financial Circumstance
  • Employment
Note: Some instances may require a student on Accelerated Graduation or Early College Access to also be on Part-time Attendance.
*HCPS students primarily participate in Dual Enrollment through Harford Community College (HCC). HCC offers tuition discount, location advantage, and numerous dual credit and college credit only offerings. However, students may also be eligible to attend other approved public Maryland Institution of Higher Education (IHE) at a reduced cost or tuition free. See your school counselor for more information.

College Credit Through High School Programs

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Based Courses

The Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and College Level Examination Programs provide students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. A variety of AP and CLEP Program courses are available in each of the high schools and students may demonstrate they have learned the equivalent of college level work by taking the appropriate AP or CLEP examination provided by the College Board organization. Many post-secondary institutions will award college credits or advanced standing upon successful completion of an assessment or portfolio or a CLEP test. Not all AP or CLEP Program courses are available in every Harford County high school. The IB Diploma Programme courses are only offered at Edgewood High School.

High School Courses Earning College Credit (Articulated Credits)

Students can earn college credit through certain approved programs during high school. If a student takes any courses in the identified program areas and plans to attend an area college, the student should work with teachers and school counselors to identify the course(s) that qualify for college credit.

  • Information regarding articulated courses and programs at Harford Community College (HCC) can be found here
  • Information regarding articulated courses and programs at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) can be found here

Information can also be found at each high school counseling department or from the Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Trades and Industry teachers. Selected two- and four-year colleges agreed to grant college credit to students completing certain programs of study while in high school. Programs are offered in Career and Technology Education including Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Trades and Industry. By completing the programs, the high school credit can articulate to the colleges that have an agreement with HCPS.


Special Education Services

Special Education services are offered at all high schools to meet the needs of Harford County Public School students with disabilities. Courses with varying levels of support are available depending upon the individual needs of the student. Decisions regarding appropriate levels of support are made by the IEP Team and are based upon a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). Transition services are also provided and are tailored to enhance progress toward post-secondary outcomes. In addition to academic support, a student with disabilities may also be eligible for support in the areas of communication, social interaction, behavior management and other related services; eligibility determinations are made by the student's IEP Team. For specific questions regarding your child's services and course selection, please contact the school counseling office.

Maryland High School Certificate

The Maryland High School Certificate is awarded only to students with disabilities who have been determined to be eligible to participate in the alternate assessment process or have demonstrated an inability to meet the requirements for a diploma. The student must also meet one of the following standards:

  1. The student is enrolled in an education program for at least four years beyond Grade 8, or its age equivalent, and is determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committee, with the agreement of the parents of the student with a disability, to have developed appropriate skills for the individual to enter the world of work, act responsibly as a citizen, and enjoy a fulfilling life. “World of work” may include gainful employment, post-secondary education and training, supported employment, and other services integrated in the community; OR
  2. The student has been enrolled in an education program for four years beyond Grade 8, or its age equivalent, and has reached age 21.

Completer Programs

Advanced Technology Courses
Career and Technology Education (CTE) Completer Sequence
University System of
Maryland Entrance Program

Advanced technology education courses provide opportunities for the in-depth study of technology. The pattern of course work must include two credits in Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved advanced technology courses and two elective mathematics, science, and/or technology credits.

Advanced Technology Courses

  • Technological Design

  • Advanced Design Applications

  • Advanced Technological Applications

This is an MSDE-approved sequence of four occupational course credits in a planned, sequential program of study that integrates academic, technical, and workplace readiness skills.


Career and Technology
Completer Programs

  • All technical program sequences associated with Harford Technical High School and North Harford High School

  • Biomedical Sciences

  • Business Education
    • Academy of Finance
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Business Management
    • Computer Programming
    • Marketing

  • Career Research and Development

  • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Food and Beverage Management
    • Teacher Academy of Maryland

  • Fire/Rescue EMT Cadet Program

  • Interactive Media

  • Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

  • Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences

  • Pre-Engineering

This program includes a pattern of coursework which meets the entrance requirements for the University System of Maryland (USM). It must include a two-credit sequence of world languages and two elective credits.

  • English (4)
  • Social Studies (3)
  • Mathematics (4)
    4 years of math including Algebra II or beyond in the senior year.
  • Science (3)
    In at least two different areas, with at least two lab experiences
  • *World Languages (2)
    French, German or Spanish
  • Academic Electives (6)
    Students should choose electives based upon their intended course study, special interest, and personal needs.

The University System of Maryland includes the following institutions:

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State College
  • Frostburg State University
  • Salisbury University
  • Towson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

*Some USM institutions will substitute the world language requirement with two credits of Advanced Technology (Students should check their school).

Regulations and Procedures for the Organization and Administration of Athletic Programs

  • The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Program, under the authorization of the Maryland State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Schools, has established regulations governing athletic programs for students in the public secondary schools of Maryland.

  • The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association supervises the athletic programs in the public secondary schools of the state. All of the public high schools in Harford County are members of the association and are governed by its actions.

  • Local school systems may supplement the state rules governing their athletic programs with more restrictive ones. Less restrictive rules may not be adopted.

  • The Harford County Board of Education has established policies and guidelines regarding the program of interscholastic athletics.

  • Conditional to participating in interscholastic activities in HCPS, students must meet the Harford County Board of Education residency and eligibility policies.

Additional Information

Career Research and Development

Career Research and Development is a Career and Technology Education (CTE) instructional program that prepares students with the academic, technical and workplace skills necessary to seek further education and employment in a career field of their interest upon graduation from high school. The program consists of two in-school courses, a portfolio development project, and a work-based learning experience. The workplace component is a mentored, on-the-job, work experience with a written, personalized, work-based learning agreement and plan.

Center for Educational Opportunity

A program of alternative education is provided at the Center for Education Opportunity. Secondary school students who have long-term suspensions from school are eligible to enroll in the alternative education program and will receive credit for satisfactorily completed work. In addition, secondary school students whose educational, emotional, financial, physical, or other needs are such that they cannot be met in the regular school program are eligible to apply for admission to the alternative program.

John Archer School

John Archer School is the only public special education school serving students with disabilities in Harford County. The instructional program is tailored to meet individual student needs, based on individual education plan goals. Instructional areas may include communication, functional academics, behavior and social skills, personal management, decision making, community skills, recreation and leisure skills, and career vocational skills.

Magnet and Specialized Programs

Magnet and Specialized Programs in Harford County Public Schools are high school programs with specialized curricula and are available to students in Harford County who qualify through an application process. Click here to learn more about HCPS Magnet Programs. Click here to learn more about HCPS Specialized Programs.

Maryland State Scholars

The Maryland State Scholars program is conducted by the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education in partnership with state and local agencies. The program is part of a national “State Scholars” initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) in 24 states. The Maryland State Scholars course plan is designed to increase the number/percentage of students who complete rigorous coursework and are well prepared to succeed in college and the workplace. The course plan is designated a Maryland “rigorous course of study” with the U.S. Department of Education, which qualifies Pell-eligible students for Academic Competiveness and SMART Grants.

The Maryland State Scholars Course of Study (effective freshmen entering in 2012) within all Harford County high schools includes:

  • 4 credits in English
  • 4 credits of Math to include: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II*
  • 3 credits of Lab Science to include: Biology, Chemistry*, and Physics* (preferred). Rigorous lab science substitutions for Physics may be selected from the following list of courses: Bio-Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Forensic Science, AP Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Environmental Science.
  • 3 credits of Social Science to include: U.S. History, World History, and Government
  • 2 credits of the same World Language*

Students must attain a 3.0 overall GPA to qualify. The designation “Maryland State Scholar” will appear on the student’s final transcript.

*courses exceed State graduation requirements

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programs

The Harford County Public School System offers a variety of high school programs which integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics content through authentic, rigorous, transdisciplinary and collaborative learning activities. The goal of these programs is to empower students to complete/be successful in a technological society and global market place. STEM related programs are identified here.

Student Aide Program

In some schools, eligible seniors may select a one-period per day noncredit student aide assignment. Selection will be made by the sponsoring department, with permission of the principal. Student aides are not graded, and they do not receive credit.

Summer Learning Program

The Harford County Public School System provides some summer courses for remediation, original credit, and noncredit enrichment and/or remediation. Offerings are scheduled according to student registration, the availability and expertise of staff, and funding resources.

Student brochures, which list summer courses for that year, are issued each spring. Selecting an original or remedial credit course in the summer usually provides room in the student's schedule in the next school year for a desired course. Students must provide their own transportation. A tuition fee is charged. Registration for the Summer Learning Program will go live in mid-April 2018.

Swan Creek School

Harford County Public Schools offers an alternative learning option that any HCPS student may apply to. Blended Virtual instruction is a combination of synchronous virtual instruction and asynchronous instruction. Swan Creek School offers two programs to HCPS students:

  • eLearning program for elementary and secondary students in grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Students attend scheduled synchronous lessons virtually five days a week with HCPS teachers.
  • In-person program for secondary students in grades 6 through 12. The In-person program places students in cohorts that meet two days per week in-person (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) and alternating Fridays. In-person instruction takes place at Swan Creek School, which is located at 253 Paradise Road in Aberdeen, MD. The in-person school day runs from 9 AM until 4 PM. HCPS provides transportation to and from the school.

Both programs use HCPS curriculum taught by HCPS teachers. For more information, click here or call the Swan Creek School office at 410-273-5594.


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