North Star, an initiative designed by Superintendent of Schools Sean Bulson, Ed. D., is an equitable,
accessible, inclusive, and systemic Prekindergarten through grade 12+ framework supporting students
as they successfully achieve post-secondary interests and goals. The goal of the Harford County Public
Schools North Star initiative is to ensure all students have access to academic opportunities,
social-emotional support, and real-world experiences tailored to meet the needs, abilities, and interests
of diverse learners so each may graduate with experiences preparing them for success. Established
partnerships with higher education learning institutions, community businesses, and industry partners
offers dynamic learning opportunities as early as elementary school continuing through middle school that
allows students to explore career paths and areas of study prior to high school graduation.
Through close collaboration with Harford Community College (HCC), the HCPS instructional program enables
high school students the opportunity to gain the skills and experience necessary for success through college
and workforce training courses. After graduation, some students may choose to continue their coursework at
HCC, earning an associate degree, certificate, or licensure that will transfer to a four-year institution
or lead to employment, while others will be ready to enter the workforce immediately. Through the North
Star initiative, students who choose to obtain a two or four-year degree will do so in less time, and with
less debt, thanks to dual enrollment opportunities allowing HCPS students to earn college credit at HCC.
We understand every student is unique and will provide students with the guidance needed to determine their
future goals — along with the practical tools needed for professional and academic success. North Star
provides the structure for high school graduates to become the backbone of our workforce in Harford County.
52.2% met one of the three North Star Graduate Outcomes
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This is important information for families with students in first grade through twelfth grade.
For over 20 years, HCPS school counselors have administered needs assessments. The results of the assessment are used to determine how HCPS staff can provide more direct, and specific supports to our students. In the past, we have not sent a communication making families aware of the upcoming needs assessment, but we understand that some families would like to know more about how HCPS collects information to better support your student in school. We hope you will encourage your child to share their true thoughts and feelings as we look to provide as supportive and nurturing a school environment as possible for all students.
Students do not have to participate in the Wellness Needs Assessment with the school counselor and can let their school counselor know if they do not want to participate. You may also send an email to your student’s school counselor to make them aware if you do not want your child to participate in the Wellness Needs Assessment.
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The 2023-2024 HCPS School Year Operational Calendar was presented to the Board of Education at the September 19, 2022 Board Business meeting. The Board will accept feedback on the proposed calendar for 60 days. At the conclusion of the 60 days of public comment, the calendar committee will review feedback received, determine if adjustments are needed to the proposed calendar, then present a final draft of the calendar to the Board of Education in December for a vote. You can view the calendar presentation from the Board of Education meeting in its entirety here.
After reviewing the presentation, click here to review the proposed calendar and provide your support of the proposed calendar or your suggested edits.
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