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
Harford Community College is holding several Financial Aid Workshops to assist families navigating the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, application process. Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in securing financial assistance for your child's college education. We encourage you to attend one of the workshops to learn pertinent information from Harford Community College (HCC) Financial aid staff for the completion of the FAFSA.
Several sessions will be held in Harford County Public Schools:
1. Edgewood High on October 10, 2023
2. Patterson Mill High on October 17, 2023
3. Fallston High on November 8, 2023
4. Aberdeen High on November 9, 2023
5. North Harford High on November 14, 2023
Each of the above sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and you are welcome to attend at any location.
HCC asks that, when possible, attendees register in advance to ensure appropriate materials are available for attendees.
The general HCC Financial Aid page is a great resource for additional information about financial aid.
9/28/2023 5:00 PM
For over 20 years, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) school counselors have administered Wellness Needs Assessments. The results of the assessment are used to determine how HCPS staff can provide more direct and specific supports to our students. 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.
9/21/2023 5:00 PM
The Board of Education of Harford County is seeking your feedback on the proposed 2024-2025 school calendar.
At the September 18 Board of Education business meeting, two proposed calendars were shared with the Board- one starting before Labor Day and the second, starting after Labor Day. You can watch the presentation on the Board Archive page. A survey has been created to collect your feedback on the proposed calendars. The survey also provides an opportunity for additional comments at the end of the survey.
Your input is vital to ensuring all perspectives are considered when creating the next HCPS calendar. This process is taking place now because it is Board policy to finalize the calendar at least 8 months prior to the first day of school.
We are asking parents and guardians, staff, and community members to provide input for the next 60 days before the Board votes on the final 2024-2025 HCPS calendar on December 18, 2023. Be sure to "refresh" your browser to see the most recent results for the survey!
9/19/2023 3:03 PM
The following message is being sent to parents and guardians of students in grade 12 via phone, email, and text message at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. All HCPS app users will receive a push notification:
Since 1970, the Maryland Page Program provides an opportunity for high school seniors to serve alongside Maryland legislators during the annual session of the Maryland General Assembly. Each year, only 105 pages and 36 alternates are selected from across the State to represent their schools and counties in Annapolis. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a front-row seat to see government in action and to impact legislation that impacts all of Maryland!
Click Here for the Application
Click Here to Hear from Past Student Pages
Selected pages serve two nonconsecutive weeks, during the thirteen weeks of session. During the 13 weeks of session, which runs from the second week in January to early April, each page serves one week during the first seven weeks and returns for a second week of service during the last six. The duties of the page revolve around the schedule of the chamber. Whenever the chamber is in session, pages must be present. Each page is paid a stipend of $55 per day worked to help defray expenses. Lodging and meals must be paid for by the page. Lodging is arranged by the Page Office for pages outside Anne Arundel County who request housing.
Students interested in being considered to serve as a Page should complete this application Form by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2023.
9/12/2023 10:46 AM
Harford County Public Schools invites you to our Magnet and Technical Programs Information Nights.
These meetings have been scheduled from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on September 19th at North Harford High School, September 21st at Aberdeen High School, September 26th at Havre de Grace High School, September 28th at Harford Technical High School, October 3rd at Edgewood High School and October 9th at Joppatowne High School.
The programs that will be discussed are the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School; the Global Studies/International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Edgewood High School; the Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Program at North Harford High School; Oracle Academy at Havre de Grace High School; Junior Reserve Training Corps or JROTC, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or PTECH, at Joppatowne High School; Teacher Academy of Maryland, and Harford Technical High School.
Please visit https://www.hcps.org/schools/magnetprograms/ for information regarding HCPS Magnet programs, including Open house details. You can also contact your school of interest directly with questions or for more information.
9/7/2023 5:00 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
For the 2024-2025 school year, 8th grade students who are applying to the Teacher Academy of Maryland Magnet may be offered seats in either Edgewood High School or North Harford High School via an established lottery process.
Students currently enrolled in TAM at Harford Technical High School will continue the program at Harford Technical high School through their graduation.
9/5/2023 5:30 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians of fifth-grade students,
This school year, your student will take part in an amazing opportunity at Harford Glen Environmental Education Center. The Fifth Grade Residential Outdoor Education Program is an overnight program and part of your student’s Environmental Stewardship unit. The hands-on learning opportunities at Harford Glen cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Staff at Harford Glen will host eight Open Houses for you to bring your student, learn about the program and visit the facility.
The Open Houses should take approximately 30 minutes and are self-guided, allowing you to explore the grounds, and facilities, on your own. Harford Glen staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Open House dates:
- Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 16, 2024 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
If Harford County Public Schools closes schools on any of the above dates, the Open House that day will be canceled.
For more information about the Harford Glen programs, click here.
Manager of Communications
8/29/2023 5:00 PM
8/21/2023 9:31 AM
Please be advised that we have been made aware of unauthorized web sites and smart phone apps that accept Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) student credentials, potentially stealing your students’ credentials and or misusing them.
Parents and guardians should check their student's personal devices for apps and web site access to prevent them from unknowingly giving access to their personal information. We use security measures on HCPS devices to ensure this doesn’t happen, but we can’t protect your personal devices. Only you can ensure your student isn’t using an app or visiting a site that may be collecting information in the background!
All HCPS approved apps and platforms are listed on hcps.org; if we haven’t endorsed it, don’t use it. If you want to ask about a specific app/platform, contact User.Support@hcps.org.
8/10/2023 11:27 AM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Harford County Public Schools, with support from a generous grant from the Harford County Health Department, is pleased to offer Care Solace to all students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their care companion team is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances and even options for those without insurance. This referral process is at no cost to you or the school system.
For more information on Care Solace, how to connect someone, or how to utilize Care Solace yourself, please watch this Parent Academy Real Talk video.
Parents/guardians and staff may access Care Solace services by utilizing the Care Solace website or calling (888) 515-0595. Support is available in 200+ languages. Parents/guardians can also call their child’s school to have administration or student services staff complete a referral on their behalf.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
6/13/2023 5:00 PM
The following communication was sent to families on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 5 p.m.:
During the most recent legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly moved the date of the primary election for the State of Maryland. As a result, the primary elections will be held on May 14, 2023, instead of April 23, 2024.
The Board of Education of Harford County (BOE) originally approved the 2023-2024 school year calendar at the Board of Education Business Meeting on December 19, 2022. As a result of the election date change, the BOE voted on Monday, May 22, 2023, to make the following adjustment to the 2023-2024 school year calendar:
HCPS schools and offices will be open on April 23, 2024, and schools and offices will be closed on May 14, 2024, to allow our schools to to function as polling places for the election.
Calendar information can be found here.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
5/31/2023 5:00 PM
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