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Jeff April, Home Buyer in Gaithersburg, MD

What is the best school district in Howard County Maryland?

Asked by Jeff April, Gaithersburg, MD Fri May 11, 2007

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Jeff. The Howard County rankings for High Schools are, by test scoring, River Hill, Marriotts Ridge, Centennial, Glenelg,
Althoton, Mt. Hebron, Howard, Reservoir,
Long Reach, Hammond, Oakland, Wilde Lake
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 16, 2007
Yes, I think you'll find the scores for those schools to be very strong compared to other county schools! Here is the link to all county school test score info:

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 6, 2008
Howard County schools rank in the top 10 to 20 in the United States, so it's hard to go wrong. My daughters graduated in 2003 and 2006 from a high school in the middle of the pack, and received academic recruitment from all sorts of top colleges and universities. And candidly, I was less happy with the very highly-ranked elementary school where they started than I was the lower-ranked one where my younger daughter was redistricted. We've had students at the lowest-ranked high school of its day accepted into the math honors program at University of Chicago, and students from the highest ranked one flunk out of the remedial courses at the community college!

Check the statistics, yes, but schedule some visits at some of the schools. And, if you know co-workers who lives here and has children in the schools, chat with them. And, as a parent, I can tell you that your involvement in your children's school activities makes a big difference in their success!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2008

For testing data go to and click on "test scores". This is Howard County's Public School website. Certainly there are other factors besides scores. You can call the Board of Ed at 410.313.6600. As a Realtor in Howard County, I can tell you home prices change in relation to the reputations of schools. I graduated from Howard High School in 1995. Howard usually ranks the lowest from a scores stand point, but it was a great school.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2007
Hi Jeff,
I went to school in Howard County from 3rd-12th grade and was then accepted into Stanford. I attended Clemens Crossing Elementary, Wilde Lake Middle, and Atholton High, which are all Howard County public schools. As a whole, Howard County schools are excellent, and just as importantly, are regarded as excellent by colleges. But I may be able to help more if you have a more specific question?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 1, 2007
Hi Jeff. What is "the best" school district in Howard County" is not possible to answer. The schools have varying ranking for different specialities, high tech, college prep, etc. A visit to the Howard County BOE will give you access to the school test results for different school clusters. You'll have the information to make a judgement.
Howard County has valuable information published and available.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 16, 2007
That depends on what you're looking for. Centennial, River Hill, and Glenelg generally have the highest SAT scores but they are also the most competitive and least diverse. I personally prefer Atholton, Reservoir, and Howard which are a little more diverse in their population and still have excellent scores and very nice neighborhoods. They each have different things to offer. If you go to, then go to each school's individual page instead of just looking at the summaries, you can find out a lot more about the schools. I grew up in Columbia and went to Centennial. My children attend Atholton. We are not fond of Oakland Mills.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 6, 2011
Thanks Brian. I am also wondering how is Waverly ES and Mount View MS doing now? Are their ranking in howard count is good as well?

Thank you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 6, 2008
Dear Home Hunting,

Marriotts Ridge is a newer school so that is probably why they don't have the scores out yet. The students who are districted for it came from Centennial, Mt Hebron and Glenelg. So, the scores should come in very strong.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 6, 2008
why I couldn;t find the ranking for Marriotts Ridge high school? Is it a good HS? I saw Lenn Harley's answer in 2007, but what's the source of her ranking?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 6, 2008
For SAT is the results from 2007.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 18, 2008
Defining "best" to one person will be different for another. If you ask, who has the highest SAT scores, that answer can easily be answered. But it doesn't mean it is the best school. Typically Centennial High School has the highest SAT score.

Scores can be found at

By the way, there is info on each school. Click on school, then elementary, middle or high school. Then the .pdf for each school.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
howard county school website-
this site has no information on MANOR WOODS where my kids go- awesome school-
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
You can find answers about test scores at or by calling the Howard County Board of Education for more info.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 30, 2008
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 29, 2008
Great school & community reports are available on the following Web page:…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Jeff, As I was a teacher in Howard County Schools for more than 10 years, HCPSS runs as an entire County. You need to determine your housing needs and then use a pro-con list to determine most suitable schooling needs. There are a variety of school system searches you could do to check on scores.....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 2, 2007
Jeff: I would highly recommend that you visit Neighboroo to check on school rating, safety, health and other important information about a community you might be considering. This short article explains Neighboroo and provides the link:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 12, 2007
Roberta Murp…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Hi Jeff - I'm not from Maryland but have you checked out -- this site collects consumer ratings and reviews of schools. I've heard great things about it. See the link below -- if you open the page you'll see the list of schools on the site. click a school and you'll see its rating/reviews.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 11, 2007
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