The Harford County Public School System believes that students are bright in many different ways. Educators
have a responsibility
to identify and nurture the gifts and talents of all students through acceleration and enrichment. Educators
seek to effectively identify and enhance the development of outstanding potential and capability within the
diverse student population. Multiple sources are used to match students to appropriate learning options and
students are encouraged to nominate themselves for participation in activities which emphasize high levels
of challenge or talent development.
The program emphasizes a collaborative effort that includes classroom teachers and specialized personnel
trained in gifted
and talented education. The effort often directly involves administrators, parents, and community resource
persons, as well. All students are given the opportunity for enrichment experiences, and students showing
unusual potential or distinctive areas of strength and interest have the opportunity for additional
to develop these areas of unusual capability. Depth and complexity of curriculum may also need to be
using such methods as interdisciplinary learning, tiered assignments, independent investigations, project
learning, interest centers and groups, mentoring, and opportunities to work outside of the classroom. It
is important to note that enrichment, when considered as a differentiated strategy for gifted students,
place instead of completing assignments in the regular curriculum.
Services for bright students emphasize broad-based knowledge acquisition and problem solving, tailoring
unique learning opportunities
to the strengths and needs of each child. Acceleration and enrichment options for individuals and groups
of students will vary from school to school, as they are responsive to needs of students in each population
and in the context of the general education programs at each building. At the secondary level, options
advanced placement courses, honors courses, independent study, and early college courses.
Students performing at remarkably high levels, when compared with their peers, or who show potential to
do so, will be provided
with rigorous differentiated services that meet their needs through active collaboration with
County Public Schools is proud to be home to three of the state’s EGATE award winning
schools recognized for their gifted and talented programs. EGATE is an awards program to
recognize public schools with Gifted and Talented education programs that are aligned with
Maryland’s Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines.
Students wishing to take the PSAT on October 19, 2019 will have the opportunity to register for the
assessment beginning August 28, 2019. The PSAT is an optional assessment administered by the College
Board in an effort to expose students to the SAT, an assessment used for college admissions, and
under Maryland Senate Bill 740, College and Career Readiness Designation. October 19 will be the
only date that the assessment will be administered for Harford County Public Schools’ students.
The PSAT is also used to identify students who may experience success in Advanced Placement courses
in high school. For more information about PSAT, please visit:
Should you have any additional questions about the PSAT or testing, please contact your student’s
Locate your student’s school below. To register to take the PSAT, please click on the link
and follow the directions.
Students must take the PSAT at the school they
. Please have your credit card ready:
Aberdeen High School
Bel Air High School
C. Milton Wright High School
Edgewood High School
Fallston High School
Harford Technical High School
Havre de Grace High School
Joppatowne High School
North Harford High School
Patterson Mill High School
Looking for more information about our identification processes and procedures? Please refer
to our "Parent Guide for Gifted and Talented Education" for more information.
UPDATE: JUNE 16, 2021
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text to all contacts in our mass communication system at 10:00 a.m.
On Tuesday, June 15, Governor Hogan announced that the state of emergency and mask mandate will be lifted effective July 1 for the state of Maryland. As of July 1, Harford County Public Schools will adhere to the Governor’s announcement and will remove the mask mandate in all HCPS schools and offices. This means that for all in-person summer school instruction and summer programs, students, and staff, will not be required to wear masks as of July 1. If you would like your child to continue wearing a mask in school, please instruct your child to do so. In addition, for the 4th of July events that occur after July 1, students and chaperones may choose to wear masks, but HCPS will not require masks during 4th of July events occurring after July 1. Participants will still need to follow any parade committee guidelines. We expect to begin the 2021-2022 school year without masks. We will continue to dialogue with the Harford County Health Department, as well as review CDC and MSDE guidance around schools and best practice response to COVID-19 throughout the summer. We hope you have a wonderful summer.
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PARTICIPATION
BUSINESS MEETING – JUNE 21, 2021 – 6:30PM
The Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be held on June 21, 2021 at 6:30PM with only Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance virtually. The meeting will be streamed live and archived for later viewing on the HCPS Website.
Public Comment Participation Call-In Process
Community members who wish to provide comments during the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting are required to register by completing this form Public Comment Registration Form, https://www.hcps.org/boe/publiccommentrequest.aspx
Registrations must be received by 9:00AM on Monday, June 21, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
First and Last name
1. Registered speakers will receive an email from HCPS with a Call-in Phone # and a Conference ID #.
2. Registered speakers are required to call-in and enter the conference ID# at 6:30PM on Monday, June 21, 2021.
3. Important: If you are unable to take your phone off mute, you may need to dial *6.
4. All speakers, regardless of affiliation, will receive 3-minutes per speaker. Speakers may be interrupted and be given notice when they have 30 seconds left. When speakers have reached their 3-minute mark, callers will be removed from the meeting.
5. The Board has allotted two-hours for the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting.
6. If you are admitted from the virtual lobby to the meeting within the two-hour time constraint, you will be placed on hold and greeted by an HCPS staff member when it is time to begin your public comment. Expected hold time may vary based on number of registered speakers. The maximum wait time in the lobby is 30 minutes; should you be disconnected please call back.
7. Registration forms are limited to one (1) per person.
8. In accordance with Board policy, if the number of speakers impede the ability of the Board to complete scheduled business, the Board reserves the right to reduce the amount of time allotted per speaker, or overall time allotted for public comment.
9. The Board expects that all comments will be submitted with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of public business.
10. Topics such as personnel matters, pending appeals, specific student disciplinary matters or which constitute commercial solicitations are not permitted.
11. Disparaging comments, personal attacks, and inflammatory remarks about specific schools or personnel are not permitted. Speakers who engage in these comments will be reminded of the rules and the Board reserves the right to remove the speaker from the call.
12. All public comments submitted will be part of the records maintained by the Board office.
Speakers are reminded that public comments are considered public information and, as such, are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2021
This message is being sent to all parents and guardians with a student entering 12th grade in the 2021-22 school year. The information will be sent via our mass communication system phone, email, and text, at 5:00 p.m.
Harford Community College (HCC) and Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) invite students entering 12th grade in the 2021-2022 school year to join HCC for one of two virtual events on July 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or on July 21, 2021 from 5-7:30 p.m. The virtual event will highlight dual enrollment opportunities at HCC for the 2021-22 school year.
Students, parents, and guardians are welcome to attend. You will hear what it’s like to be a dual enrolled student from students currently enrolled. You will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual campus tour and hear about the resources available at HCC, like the learning center, library, and more. In addition, HCC will discuss the multiple apps, study groups, and “how-to’s” like using technology, study groups and more, that will be necessary for dual enrolled students.
Students may register here.
6/16/2021 8:24:06 AM