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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!
For testing data go to http://www.hcpss.org 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.
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?
Howard County has valuable information published and available.
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.
Scores can be found at http://www.hcpss.org/.
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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