The school counseling program's primary goal is to assist all students in reaching their
academic potential by removing
barriers to learning and preventatively assisting students in acquiring life
As an integral component in the education system, school counselors provide a developmental,
comprehensive and continuous
program of services from pre-kindergarten through high school targeting the
academic, career and personal / social development of all students.
Counseling, consultation, coordination, collaboration, guidance curriculum,
and program evaluation are the main delivery methods in a successful school
counseling program. School counseling achieves maximum effectiveness through
the support and collaboration of parents, teachers, administrators, and community
The Harford County Public School Counselor Program:
Harford County Public Schools (“HCPS”) reserves the right to delete or refuse to set forth
with the educational mission of HCPS.
HCPS does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, correctness, or completeness of any
contained in or on this
HCPS specifically disclaims any responsibility or liability for the following.
School Counselors: preventatively offer school-wide resources such as classroom
lessons to support the personal/social development of all students and provide short-term individual
and group counseling that addresses specific concerns.
Your School's Family Connection URL
We are pleased to be able to offer Family Connection by Naviance, a web-based
college and career research tool that allows students and parents/guardians
In addition, this innovative program offers assistance with the college
process and allows counselors and parents to securely access important
student information in helping students with their long-term plans.
Through self-discovery and collaboration with parents, teachers and school
sounselors, Family Connection helps students be better prepared for attending
college and planning for their future career.
Both parents and students are able to access Family Connection. Students will
have a registration code given to them by their counselor. Note that you
and your child will each receive different registration codes, and that each
code may be used only once. Parents can obtain their registration code by
contacting their school counseling office. Once you have your registration
code, visit the Family Connection site, select the school your student attends
Naviance for Middle Schools
The Office of School Counseling is pleased to implement Naviance at the Middle
Level. Naviance is a college and career planning
resource that is available to students in Harford County Public Schools beginning
in the 6th grade. This program is a great tool to help students plan their
educational path. While using Naviance, students can complete inventories
that will help define their strengths and interests. Within Naviance, your
student will begin to participate in activities such as Goal Setting, Career
Exploration, Course Planning, and High School Readiness. Each Middle School
student will receive a personal access code from their School Counselor.
As a part of Naviance, we would like to provide information on Family Connection, a
service designed especially for students
and families. Family Connection is a comprehensive website that you and your
child can use to help make plans about courses, colleges, and careers. Family
Connection is linked with Naviance Succeed™, a service that we use in our
school counseling departments to track and analyze data about college and
career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that’s specific to your
Family Connection will allow you and your child to:
Do you know about our Learning Together program? HCPS is looking for typically developing 3- and 4-year-old children to participate in a free, 2- or 3-half-day preschool program for the 2023-2024 school year. The purpose of the Learning Together Program is to have typically developing children learning alongside preschool children with disabilities. The program promotes social, communication, literacy, and numeracy skill development for all children.
The program is located at the following schools: Meadowvale Elementary, Havre de Grace Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Homestead/Wakefield Elementary, Youths Benefit Elementary, and North Bend Elementary.
Children must be at least 3-years old as of September 1, 2023 and be toilet trained.
For more information and to access the application, visit https://www.hcps.org/departments/instructionalsupport/specialeducation/learningtogether/
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Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is pleased to announce Joppatowne High School has been approved by the Department of the Army to establish a U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program, effective February 1, 2023. Students currently in eighth grade throughout the county will be able to apply to join JROTC at Joppatowne High. Applications will be available Tuesday, January 17, 2023, through Friday, February 10, 2023, on hcps.org and in all middle school counseling offices.
Click here to watch a Parent Academy Real Talk about JROTC in HCPS!
In May 2016, the Board of Education of Harford County approved the submission of the JROTC application and the establishment of the program at Joppatowne High School. Strong support was provided from the Military Officers Association of America; Susquehanna Chapter; and numerous local, state, and federal leaders for instituting a program at Joppatowne High. Joppatowne High was the first school in the nation to offer a high school curriculum program for Homeland Security. The Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Program is a signature curriculum that is affiliated with internships and instruction from area colleges and civil defense agencies. JROTC is an excellent addition to the program.
Harford County is the proud home of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). APG is the largest employer in the county and is a critical US Army research, development, test, and evaluation installation. In 2017, APG and the surrounding community celebrated the 100th anniversary of APG as a national military garrison. This year, Harford County celebrates a 250-year anniversary. Launching the JROTC program in Harford County is a great addition and way to continue to celebrate Harford County’s legacy.
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Applications will open next week, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, for the blended virtual learning programs at Swan Creek School for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are interested in applying for grades 2-12 e-learning or grades 6-12 for in-person, blended learning, please visit the Swan Creek School website for additional information about the school.
Applications will be due February 15, 2023. Students will be informed of their enrollment status by March 31, 2023. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats per classroom, a lottery system will be implemented.
If after reviewing the program information on the website you have questions about the program or application process, please contact Swan Creek School at 410-273-5594.
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This is an important message for all parents and guardians with a student in twelfth grade.
Graduation dates, times, and locations have been finalized. Visit the calendar page on hcps.org for the full schedule and visit our YouTube channel or click here to watch the latest Parent Academy Real Talk discussing graduation ceremonies this year.
Your school will provide additional details about your schools specific graduation ceremony.
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The following message is being sent to all contacts in our mass notification system via phone, email, and text message at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2022:
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved the HCPS application to conduct asynchronous virtual instruction on up to 3 inclement weather days. HCPS staff are diligently working to prepare a “practice” of what this will look like. That practice is scheduled for the evening of Monday, January 9, 2023. Prekindergarten students will receive a bag of supplies when the bags are delivered. Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will bring their device home January 9, 2023; as part of their homework, they must log into their inclement weather tile, which will appear on Canvas, and send a confirmation message to the teacher. The HCPS curriculum offices is creating the assignment that every single student will do that will be a quick confirmation that they were able to get in.
If your school needs to adjust the systemwide asynchronous virtual instruction plan, they will reach out to your directly with additional information.
Please note, if there is a need to close HCPS for inclement weather PRIOR to January 9, we will NOT utilize virtual instruction. Following the practice on the evening of January 9, HCPS plans to conduct asynchronous virtual instruction on the first 3 closures for inclement weather.
Families can expect additional details to be available on hcps.org, including information about where to access asynchronous virtual instruction, what time it will be available, as well as a Parent Academy video with additional details. This will be available prior to the January 9, 2022 scheduled "practice."
Again, MSDE approved the HCPS application for asynchronous virtual instruction on inclement weather days and we look forward to having a very brief systemwide “practice” after school on Monday, January 9, 2023. Additional details will be made available as soon as possible.
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The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
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