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Family Friendly School Awards

Would you consider your child's school to be Family Friendly? We want to know!

The HCPS Parent Academy, in partnership with Chick-fil-A of Harford County, is excited to sponsor the HCPS Family Friendly School Award program. HCPS recognizes that building meaningful relationships between schools, families, and communities is imperative to student achievement. When families are involved in their children's learning -- both at home and at school -- their children are likely to do better in school. And parents, guardians, and family members are more likely to be involved and engage with their child's school if they feel welcomed and valued.

We are looking to celebrate our schools that best engage all families with inclusive practices. HCPS uses the National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships as an indicator of a family friendly school. With this new program, schools consistently demonstrating these standards could earn the coveted Family Friendly School Award and special recognition that accompanies that title, including a luncheon for the school's staff provided by Chick-fil-A of Harford County!

This recognition program runs September through May. Nominations are collected during the first week of each month by completing the nomination form . Then, the community is invited to vote for the winning school the second week of each month. Visit this page to view the nominated schools and cast your vote! We also will share the information at the beginning of each month on our Facebook page. Be sure to follow the HCPS Parent Academy page on Facebook! Help us spread the word by sharing this information with others in your school community!

We are deeply grateful for our generous Chick-fil-A partners at the Constant Friendship, Forest Hill, Aberdeen, and Bel Air locations for their tremendous support of this program.

Family Friendly School Award




You have already voted! Check back later to see which school wins.

Family Friendly Schools Archive
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Joppatowne Elementary
Joppatowne Elementary

September 2023 Family Friendly School

Principal: Jessica Hichkad

School Website: https://joes.ss18.sharpschool.com/

September 2023 nominees

  • Bakerfield Elementary
  • Bel Air Middle
  • Church Creek Elementary
  • Churchville Elementary
  • Darlington Elementary
  • Deerfield Elementary
  • Dublin Elementary
  • Edgewood High
  • Edgewood Middle
  • Emmorton Elementary
  • Forest Hill Elementary
  • Forest Lakes Elementary
  • Fountain Green Elementary
  • George D. Lisby Elementary at Hillsdale
  • Hall's Cross Roads Elementary
  • Harford Academy at Campus Hills
  • Harford Technical High
  • Havre de Grace Elementary
  • Havre de Grace High
  • Havre de Grace Middle
  • Hickory Elementary
  • Jarrettsville Elementary
  • Meadowvale Elementary
  • Norrisville Elementary
  • North Bend Elementary
  • North Harford Elementary
  • North Harford Middle
  • Old Post Rd Elementary
  • Patterson Mill High
  • Red Pump Elementary
  • Riverside Elementary
  • Roye-Williams Elementary
  • Swan Creek
  • William S. James Elementary
  • Youth's Benefit Elementary
Magnolia Middle
Magnolia Middle

October 2023 Family Friendly School

Principal: Laurie A. Namey

School Website: https://mams.ss18.sharpschool.com/

October 2023 nominees

  • Bel Air High
  • C. Milton Wright High
  • Churchville Elementary
  • Edgewood Elementary
  • Edgewood Middle
  • Emmorton Elementary
  • Fallston Middle
  • Forest Lakes Elementary
  • George D. Lisby Elementary at Hillsdale
  • Hall's Cross Roads Elementary
  • Harford Academy at Campus Hills
  • Harford Technical High
  • Jarrettsville Elementary
  • Joppatowne Elementary
  • North Bend Elementary
  • North Harford Elementary
  • Prospect Mill Elementary
  • Ring Factory Elementary
  • Riverside Elementary
  • Swan Creek
  • William S. James Elementary
Old Post Rd Elementary
Old Post Rd Elementary

November 2023 Family Friendly School

Principal: Ronald Wooden

School Website: https://wpes.ss18.sharpschool.com/

November 2023 nominees

  • Edgewood Elementary
  • Edgewood High
  • Forest Hill Elementary
  • Fountain Green Elementary
  • Harford Academy at Campus Hills
  • Homestead/Wakefield Elementary
  • Joppatowne High
  • North Bend Elementary
Havre de Grace Elementary
Havre de Grace Elementary

December 2023 Family Friendly School

Principal: Jennifer N. Gasdia

School Website: https://hdes.ss18.sharpschool.com/

December 2023 nominees

  • Bakerfield Elementary
  • Bel Air Elementary
  • Bel Air Middle
  • C. Milton Wright High
  • Church Creek Elementary
  • Churchville Elementary
  • Deerfield Elementary
  • Emmorton Elementary
  • Forest Hill Elementary
  • George D. Lisby Elementary at Hillsdale
  • Harford Academy at Campus Hills
  • Harford Technical High
  • Hickory Elementary
  • Jarrettsville Elementary
  • Magnolia Elementary
  • Magnolia Middle
  • Meadowvale Elementary
  • North Bend Elementary
  • Old Post Rd Elementary
  • Patterson Mill Middle
  • Prospect Mill Elementary
  • Red Pump Elementary
  • Riverside Elementary
  • Roye-Williams Elementary
  • Swan Creek
  • William S. James Elementary
  • Youth's Benefit Elementary
North Bend Elementary
North Bend Elementary

January 2024 Family Friendly School

Principal: Amanda R. Rutherford

School Website: https://nbes.ss18.sharpschool.com/

January 2024 nominees

  • Aberdeen Middle
  • Deerfield Elementary
  • Edgewood Elementary
  • Emmorton Elementary
  • Fallston Middle
  • Forest Lakes Elementary
  • Fountain Green Elementary
  • Hall's Cross Roads Elementary
  • Harford Technical High
  • North Harford High
  • Prospect Mill Elementary
  • Red Pump Elementary
  • Roye-Williams Elementary
  • William S. James Elementary
Havre de Grace High
Havre de Grace High

February 2024 Family Friendly School

Principal: Richard P. Jester

School Website: https://hdhs.ss18.sharpschool.com/

February 2024 nominees

  • Churchville Elementary
  • Deerfield Elementary
  • Dublin Elementary
  • Edgewood Middle
  • Forest Lakes Elementary
  • Fountain Green Elementary
  • Hickory Elementary
  • Jarrettsville Elementary
  • Norrisville Elementary
  • North Bend Elementary
  • North Harford High
  • Red Pump Elementary
  • Ring Factory Elementary
  • Riverside Elementary