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Magnet Programs

Global Studies/International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School, aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the International Baccalaureate Organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. Harford Technical High School offers nineteen different career and technical programs for students. Students are offered opportunities to prepare for college, further post-secondary technical education, and/or enter into the workforce or U.S. military. The Natural Resources and Agricultural Studies (NRAS) at North Harford High School focuses on the areas of Large Animal/Equine Sciences, Plant Sciences, or Natural Resource sciences. Its programs provide students with challenging coursework and an opportunity to experience science and technology with emphasis on career development and real-world application. The Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School provides students with the opportunity to experience challenging coursework in science, mathematics, and technology with an emphasis on research and real world application. Regular contact with practicing scientists and mathematicians is a cornerstone of the program and seniors will complete a capstone project of original research under the mentorship of professionals in their chosen area of investigation.

An Open House is hosted at each school offering an in-depth look at the specific program. Open Houses allow students and parents to meet teachers, current students and parents involved with the program, and tour the school facilities. Dates are listed in the Student Handbook and on Prospective students must complete an application for entry into HCPS Magnet Programs. For more information and informational videos about each program, visit

Tardiness and Absences

If students must leave school before scheduled dismissal times or are absent from or late for school, parents are required to provide a written explanation to the school. Parents are contacted by telephone when children are absent or tardy in order to protect their safety and welfare.

Getting Started


Student Transportation

School bus transportation is provided for Harford County public elementary school students who live more than one mile from their school and for public secondary students who live more than one and a half miles from their school. Exceptions can be made for children with physical or mental disabilities or where exceptional walking conditions exist. Questions should be directed to the Transportation Office at 410.638.4092.

Graduation Requirements

Additional requirements:

Subject English Social Studies+ Science^ Mathematics++ Fine Arts Technology Education Physical Education Health Career Pathway Foreign Language OR Advanced Tech OR Successful Completion of State approved career/ tech program Elective Total Credits 4 3 3 4 1 1 1 1/2 4 2

· Englishcoursesingradesnine,tenandeleven must be taken sequentially. A student may not enroll inthenextgradeleveluntiltheyhavepassedthe precedingone;unlesstheyaretakingEnglish11and 12simultaneouslysenioryear. · EighthgradersmayregisterfortheMaryland StateScholarsProgram.Checkwithyourlocalhigh schoolcounselorsformoreinformation. · AllstudentsmustcompletetheMarylandState DepartmentofEducationstudentservicelearning requirementsasdevelopedbytheHarfordCounty PublicSchoolssystem. · StudentsmustpasstheapplicableMarylandHigh SchoolAssessment(HSA)attheendofEnglish2, Algebra1,andBiologywithacombinedscoreof 1208orbetter.

Board of Education

Senate Bill 629 (2009 Session of the Maryland General Assembly), effective July 1, 2009, changed the Board of Education of Harford County from a fully appointed Board to an elected/appointed Board consisting of six elected members and three members appointed by the Governor of the State of Maryland for four-year terms to be phased in over a period of time. For details on Senate Bill 629, visit Regular meetings of the Board of Education are normally held on the second and fourth Monday of each month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m. Special meetings may be held throughout the year. All meetings are announced in advance on the HCPS website and in other print/ electronic media including the Harford Cable Network (HCN). Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. For correspondence, write President, Board of Education of Harford County, 102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014. Board business meetings will be televised on a tape delay basis by HCN on the second and fourth Tuesdays beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 21, Verizon FiOS channel 31 and Armstrong (formerly Clearview) channel 7.

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From the Superintendent

Welcome to Harford County Public Schools! This brochure offers some guidance in preparing yourself and your child to enter Harford County Public Schools for the first time. In this brochure you will find useful information such as where and how to register your child for school, the transportation services that are provided, prices of school meals, and procedures for closing schools due to inclement weather. There is also information regarding visiting your child's school, methods for addressing the special needs of children and other notes of interest. We hope that this advance information will help make your child's entrance into school a smooth transition and meaningful event. If you have any questions concerning the school system that are not answered here, visit our website at You can also call our Communications Office at 410-588-5203, Elementary Education Office at 410588-5207 or Secondary Education Office at 410-588-5228. I extend a warm welcome to you and your student and wish you a wonderful new school year. Sincerely,

School Attendance Areas

The Board of Education designates the attendance area for each school in the county. Students must attend the school assigned for the area in which they reside (the residence of his/her parents or legal guardian). Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Board of Education. For more information and attendance area maps, contact the HCPS Transportation Office at 410.638.4092 or visit the "school locator" on the HCPS website (

Students with Disabilities continued

Infants and Toddlers ­ HCPS serves as the lead agency providing services to children from birth to three years. Referrals to this program are made directly by a parent. Contact the Infants and Toddlers Program of Harford County by calling 410.638.3823. Child Find ­ Child Find is a special education service provided by HCPS to identify children, ages three to 21 years, who are suspected of having an educational disability and may be eligible for special education or related services. Child Find is available to: · Parentsorguardiansofchildrenagesthreetofivewhoarenotyetenrolledinschool, but suspect that their child may have an educational disability or developmental delay. · Parents or guardians of children attending a private school or parochial school in Harford County. Your child may be referred for screening by the child's HCPS home school. Parents and guardians can contact the HCPS Child Find Office by calling 410.638.4386/87. Services provided by the Infants and Toddlers Program of Harford County and Child Find are provided at no cost. For more information, visit, contact your child's school, or call the Department of Special Education at 410.588.5246.

Visiting Schools

Parents are welcome to call their child's school in order to schedule an appointment to visit the school, observe classes, and talk with teachers and other staff. Each fall, all county public schools observe American Education Week and we encourage parents and other citizens to participate. All visitors must register in the office and receive a visitor's badge.

Food & Nutrition

All schools offer breakfast and lunch programs. Menus are distributed through schools, are announced in local newspapers, and are available on

Student Meal Pricing

Breakfast Elementary & Secondary Elementary Secondary $1.05 $1.90 $2.00

Emergency School Closing

Changes from the normal school schedule due to inclement weather will be communicated to parents and employees through the rapid telephone notification system, email, Facebook, Twitter, and radio and television stations. Parents should defer to the stations below when inclement weather conditions prevail. The emergency schedule changes will also be available on the HCPS website and switchboard voicemail.

Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools

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Stay Connected

Visit for news, weather and emergency alerts, delays and closings, and more. You can even sign up for email updates so you're always connected. You will also find school policies, calendars and other useful resources for both you and your student. Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter, @HCPSchools, for additional important announcements.

All menu items, plus snack items, are available for sale separately. Snacks range from .25 to .75 cents for elementary and .30 cents to $1.50 for secondary.

HCPS participates in the USDA School Food & Nutrition Program, allowing eligible students to receive free or discounted meals. Applications and guidelines for the program are distributed at the beginning of each school year and are available in your school's office or online. Parents may apply for benefits at any time. All cafeterias have computerized cash registers allowing for electronic money transfers to student accounts via Café Prepay. Talk to your child's school to set up your account.

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Prekindergarten and kindergarten registration takes place on the first Friday of May. All other students can be registered by scheduling an appointment with the appropriate school. Children moving into the community should register as soon as possible. Parents and guardians are required to present a picture I.D. (driver's license, military I.D., or U.S. passport), the student's birth certificate and immunization record, and proof of residency at registration. A record of physical examination is required for students entering a Maryland public school for the first time, either nine months prior to or six months after entering. Please note that students must be four years old by September 1st to be eligible for prekindergarten enrollment or five years old for kindergarten in Harford County Public Schools.

Students with Disabilities

Harford County Public Schools Department of Special Education is dedicated to providing resources, and services that enable students to achieve their full potential. Special Education services for students with disabilities are based on their Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and are aligned to state and local standards, providing access to the general curriculum. Special Education services are available for all students ages birth through 21, as appropriate. 410-838-7300


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