Carroll County Public Schools is located near both the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. The region can best be characterized as a rural area, rapidly becoming suburban.  Today, over 25,500 students are enrolled in our schools, ranking us as the 10th largest school system in the state of Maryland. The system is governed by the Board of Education which is made up of five elected members and a student representative.

The Carroll County Public School System ranks as one of the top performing school systems in the state of Maryland. Instructional staff are continually recognized at the state and national levels for their performance with numerous awards. The educational programs developed in the Carroll County Public School System are also recognized statewide and nationally for their high standards and innovative approaches. 

Carroll County students consistently score above state and national averages on standardized student assessments. Carroll County also has one of the highest graduation rates and lowest dropout rates in the state. These factors, combined with the success of the outstanding Career and Technology Program, the support of the business community, and the involvement of parents in the county, help Carroll County to produce students who are college and career ready.

Fun Facts
44 Schools
22 Elementary Schools
8 Middle Schools
7 High Schools
7 Special Schools & Centers


Enrollment (2020-21)
24,568 Total Enrollment*
10,800 Elementary
13,768 Secondary


Student Race/Ethnicity (2020-21)
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.16%39
Asian 2.97%​730
Black/African American4.31%​1,060
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.26%​64
Two or More Races 3.89%​955


Student Receiving Special Services (2020-21)
 Free/Reduced Price Lunch​ 21.79%5,353​
 Special Education​ 11.33%​2,783
Limited English Proficient​ 1.36%​333


Attendance Rate (2020-21)​  *
Elementary  95.0%​
Middle  ​95.0%
High  94.6%​


​  2017 Graduation Rate (2020-21)
​4-Year Adjusted Cohort ≥ 95.0%​


Budget Facts
​​Operating Budget (FY2022):     ​$355.0 million (Non-Restricted)
​$48.0 million (Restricted)
​$403.0 million (TOTAL)


Local Revenue (FY2022): 

$205.6 million (43.4% of County Revenue)


​CCPS per Pupil Expenditure (FY2019)1 : ​$14,519
​State per Pupil Expenditure (FY2019)1 : ​$15,848


​CCPS Wealth per Pupil (FY2022):  $590,879
​State Wealth per Pupil (FY 2022): 



​Return on Investment2 : ​ $1.44 per $1 in Operational Expenditures
​$1.55 per $1 in Capital Spending


1 From "Overview of Maryland Local Governments," Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy and Analysis (2018).

2 Based on "Carroll County Public School System Economic Study," Business Economic and Community Outreach Network and Salisbury University


Student Performance Facts

2018 PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy

Grade Percentage Meeting or Exceeding Standards State Ranking
Grade 3 55.33
Grade 4 581
Grade 5 55.45
Grade 6 57.9 2
Grade 7 67.13
Grade 865.82
Grade 10 684

2018 PARCC Mathematics

Grade Percentage Meeting or Exceeding Standards State Ranking
Grade 3 66.72
Grade 4 60 1
Grade 557.1
Grade 6 47.81
Grade 748.3
Grade 838.6
Algebra I 59.92
Strategic Plan 2018-2023

Aligned with our Core Values and Beliefs, the Board of Education and Superintendent have initiated this Strategic Plan. The Board’s Strategic Planning Pillars provide the framework that serves as the focus areas for continuous improvement for the five-year plan.

A broad spectrum of data is utilized in the development of a Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders. The Board invested significantly in developing the Strategic Planning Pillars and objectives for the plan. The strategic planning process included extensive outreach with stakeholders invited to participate in focus groups with key stakeholders. The input of community members, parents, employees, business leaders, and students informed the plan. The Strategic Plan is the result of considerable research and represents the shared values and priorities of CCPS community stakeholders.

            SAT Participation and Scores
Graduating Class ​Percent Participating ​Mean Scores ​ ​
CCPS Class of 2020

Staffing Facts - October 2021

  • Total staff: 3,396 (Largest employer in Carroll County)
    • 134.0 staff members per 1000 students (Ranking 20th from the highest of Maryland's 24 School Systems)
  • Teachers: 1,890 (55.7% of total staff – Ranking highest of Maryland's 24 School Systems)
    • 74.6 teachers per 1000 students (Ranking 8th from the highest of Maryland's 24 School Systems)