FCPS Fast Facts

Maryland has ranked among America's top 3 states nationwide for top-quality public education from 2009-2015 [Education Week's Quality Counts reports]. The College Board's 2014 AP Report ranked Maryland's achievement 1st.

FCPS achievement exceeds Maryland averages with scores that also consistently surpass national averages on measures such as the College Board SAT. In the most recent SAT results (2014), for example, the FCPS average combined mean score was 1555:  87 points higher than Maryland’s combined average of 1468, and 58 points higher than the nation’s average of 1497.

All Frederick County high schools rank in the nation’s top 11% for encouraging students to take challenging Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate tests, according to The Washington Post's 2015 Challenge Index.

FCPS 2014 AP results surpass state and global mean scores and percentages of students with scores of 3 or better on a 5-point scale. The College Board's 2014 Advanced Placement data reveal that Maryland's mean score was 2.98, the global mean score was 2.89, and the FCPS mean score was 3.16. The percentage of students with scores of 3 or better was 63 statewide, 61.3 globally, and 73.5 at FCPS. Achieving a score of 3 to 5 on the 5-point scale qualifies students to receive credit at many colleges and universities.

The 2014 FCPS dropout rate at 3.91 is Maryland's 2nd lowest, while our 2014 graduation rate is a high 92.6%. We are 1 of 10 districts statewide that has continued to maintain a graduation rate above 90% since 2010. [Neighboring Maryland county dropout rates are < or =3 at Carroll; 5.59 at Montgomery; 6.54 at Washington.]

Students in our class of 2014 received offers to the following Ivy League schools: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale.

Congratulations to 2015 Maryland Blue Ribbon School Kemptown Elementary--our 10th since the program began in 1982! 

FCPS ranked in the top tier among Maryland’s public schools for Return on Investment, according to the Center for American Progress 2011 report, tying for 4th statewide for educational productivity but with the lowest per-pupil spending of the top four.

Michelle Shearer (now at Frederick High) was America's 2011 National Teacher of the Year!

99% of nearly 860 employers surveyed in 2014 indicated that FCPS students met or exceeded minimum job requirements for workplace readiness skills at the time of employment.

FCPS is the proud winner of the Maryland Center for Character Education's School System of the Year Award twice: 2009 and 2013.

For the most recent Maryland State Department of Education data for FCPS, please visit the Maryland School Report Card

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2014-2015 Enrollment
40,757 (1,200 increase the past decade)
66 schools
Pre-kindergarten through grade 12

Our class of 2014 received $72.6 million in scholarship offers.

Of 5,650* employees, about 3,000 are teachers, 150 are principals and assistant principals, 120 are counselors or psychologists and 830 are instructional assistants. The remainder are bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, office staff and other central office support and administrative staff.
*Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) positions

Student Demographics
65% White. 13% Hispanic of any race. 11% Black or African American. 5% Asian. 5% two or more races. 1% American Indian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

11% of FCPS students receive special education services.

26% are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

FY 2015 Operating Fund Budget: $539.5 million. Get FCPS budget details.

About 81% of the FCPS Operating Budget goes directly to schools and school support, with 12% spent on the physical plant, 5% on student transportation and 2% on administration.

FCPS invests an average $12,858 in the education of each student (audited 2013-14).

For 6 years in a row, FCPS has earned the highest recognition for accurate and full disclosure in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

2015 BEACON Report: Dollars & Cents and Beyond

FCPS ranks 9th in the U.S. for exceptional use of digital technology, making the Center for Digital Education's 2013 Top 10 list for school systems with more than 12,000 students.

Every school is connected to the Internet. Every teacher has voicemail and e-mail.

For more information about specific schools visit the Schools tab at on www.fcps.org.

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Last Modified on May 18, 2015