Carroll County has 22 elementary schools. Grade level alignment for elementary schools in Carroll County is K-5, except Parr’s Ridge (K-2) and Mt. Airy Elementary (3-5). Some elementary schools also have prekindergarten programs. In addition, five of the elementary schools are regional special education centers.
Chronological age determines when a child may start school. Most children begin school in kindergarten and complete one grade per year. Provision is made, however, for the child who may need more or less than six years to complete the elementary program. Students are assigned to a class at the appropriate grade level. The classroom teachers are responsible for most of the student’s instruction. Specialists provide and/or assist with programs for art, music, media, physical education, reading and special needs.
Children are grouped and regrouped according to their needs. A student may move to a specialist and/or other classes and grade levels to receive appropriate instruction on his or her level.
For information, contact Christy Farver, Director of Elementary Schools, at 410-751-3009 or ChristyFarver@carrollk12.org.
Carroll County has 8 middle schools. The middle school organization in Carroll County includes grades 6 through 8. Students are organized into interdisciplinary teaching teams which provide instruction in the academic subjects. Instruction in the nonacademic areas is provided by separate teachers. Students are grouped and regrouped for instruction by teams of teachers.
Education for students in their middle learning years nurtures intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. Schools are organized to accommodate these unique developmental characteristics and needs. Curriculum, instruction, assessment, student activities and support services, as well as the environment, organization and administration, are designed to promote the improvement of academic skills, encourage individual student interests and talents, and foster social competency and personal success. The total school program enhances the quality of education and the personal lives of early adolescents, facilitates the successful transition from the middle learning years to the high school learning years, and lays an important foundation for life.
For more information contact Amy Gromada, Director of Middle Schools at 410-751-3157 or email AmyGromada@carrollk12.org.
In Carroll County, there are seven comprehensive high schools, as well as a career and technology center and an alternative school, Gateway School. A student must earn a minimum of 25 credits beyond the eighth grade to graduate from high school.
In addition to the required courses, many others are available in world languages, business education, fine arts and technology education. Numerous career and technology programs for high school students are also available in each school and at the career and technology center. All high schools have an extensive extracurricular and co-curricular program.
For more information, contact Eric King, Director of High Schools, at 410-751-3044 or email EricKing@carrollk12.org.
The Carroll County Public School System provides several non-traditional schools along with the traditional elementary, middle, and high school programs.
Carroll County Career and Technology Center(CCCTC) offers a wide variety of career and technology training to high school students throughout the county. Many of the programs at the CCCTC lead to college credits and state/nationally recognized certificates. Students can begin applying in their 10th grade year and attend the CCCTC in their junior and senior year.
Carroll Springs School is dedicated to those children with special needs. Carroll Springs provides services for students with multiple disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 who are residents of Carroll County. Students attending Carroll Springs require the intensive service available at Carroll Springs. Some specialized services provided include nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and education. In addition to providing direct service to students, Carroll Springs School houses the Carroll County Infants and Toddlers Program. The Infants and Toddlers Program provides services to children from birth through the age of three who are residents of Carroll County.
Carroll County Outdoor School provides sixth grade students with a unique opportunity for intensive study in a "living laboratory." Each sixth grader has the opportunity to attend a week-long residential environmental education program at the Hashawha Environmental Center. Instruction and supervision are provided by the Outdoor School team, high school student counselors, and visiting classroom teachers.
Crossroads Middle, Gateway School and Flexible Support are the Carroll County Public School System's alternative schools, designed for middle and high school students who have been unable to function satisfactorily in their home schools. The purpose of the schools is to give students an opportunity to succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally so that they can transition back to their home schools.
At the July 14, 2021 Board of Education meeting, the 2021-2022 Virtual Learning Program plan was discussed. Due to the low number of applications received to enroll in the program, CCPS has made the difficult decision not to offer a virtual option for the upcoming school year. Parents with children who have medical issues precluding them from attending school in person in the fall are encouraged to apply for Home and Hospital Teaching or contact student service-Home & Hospital Teaching.
CCPS will continue to offer options for high school students to take in-school virtual courses. Generally, students are able to register for in-school virtual courses only under exceptional circumstances that prevent enrollment in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. CCPS will use the following criteria to guide decision-making in determining whether a student is eligible to enroll in a virtual course:
• the school or program does not offer the course
• the student has a schedule conflict that prevents taking a course when it is offered at the school or program;
• teacher recommendations;
• principal approval.
In all cases, student enrollment will be maintained at the student’s home school while participating in the virtual learning program.
Each school has a support system for students taking virtual courses. Credit-bearing courses offered through a virtual option have been reviewed and accepted by MSDE and CCPS for approved credit and are taught by highly qualified teachers.
To be successful in a virtual course, learners must demonstrate a variety of attributes. These include:
- Self-motivation to direct their own learning
- Self-discipline to maintain course engagement
- Confidence to ask for help or clarification when needed
- Ability to work independently
- Strong time management skills.