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Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland

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Frederick County Public Schools
Frederick, Maryland
Frederick County Public Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Theresa R. Alban
Graduation rate:93.3 percent[2]
Number of schools:69
Budget: $685.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Joy Schaefer
Board members:7
Term length:4
Frederick County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland that served 40,456 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district's graduation rate increased from 91.7 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 93.3 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Frederick County Public Schools is located in Frederick County, Maryland
Frederick County Public Schools is based in Frederick, the county seat of Frederick County, Maryland. Frederick County is home to 241,409 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Frederick County Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Maryland.


Frederick County outperformed the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 37.5 percent of Frederick County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Frederick County was $83,706 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Frederick County was 5.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Frederick County (%) Maryland (%)
White 83.7 60.8
Black or African American 9.1 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 4.2 6.0
Two or More Races 2.5 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 8.7

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 59,998
Democratic 53,988
Unaffiliated 33,075
Libertarian 723
Green 400
Other 166
Total 148,350

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools is Theresa R. Alban, as of June 17, 2014. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011. Alban previously worked as a special education teacher and professional development supervisor with Baltimore County Public Schools.[7]

School board

The Frederick County Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents the entire county from an at-large seat.

Frederick County Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Joy Schaefer 2016
Kathryn B. Groth 2016
Zakir Bengali 2016
Colleen E. Cusimano 2014
April Fleming Miller 2014
Jean A. Smith 2014
Brad W. Young 2014

School board elections

See also: Frederick County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats are on the ballot on November 4, 2014. Three seats will be up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2012:

The Board welcomes and encourages public comment and will designate opportunity for public comment at each meeting. Adjustments to time allowed for public comment will be made by the Board.

The Board will provide a maximum of 30 minutes for public comment at its meeting. If more people wish to speak than time allows, public comment shall continue at the discretion of the Board.

With the exception of confidential matters, citizens may speak about matters relating to the school system. If individuals have specific concerns relating to actions of staff members, such concerns may be communicated to the Superintendent. Persons desiring to speak shall register prior to the scheduled meeting start time indicating: (1) name of speaker, (2) topic(s) to be discussed, and (3) whether the speaker is speaking as an individual or representing an organization.

In order to have an orderly presentation of comments by the public, the following procedures apply:

1. Comments are limited to three minutes per speaker. One individual per organization will be allotted five minutes for comments. Staff monitors time through use of a timer. When the allotted time expires, the speaker is permitted to complete a sentence. The speaker must then return to the audience.

2. The speaker may not discuss personnel matters or comment on issues pending in appeals to a local Board or to the State Board.

3. Individuals are permitted to submit written comments to Board members.

4. If any individual fails to comply with these procedures, the Board president may order the person to leave the public meeting, adjourn the meeting, or may take such further action as necessary to ensure compliance with these procedures.

5. Efforts will be made to follow-up as appropriate.


—Frederick County Public Schools website, (2014) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Frederick County Public Schools:[10][11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $279,702,272 39.9% $86,717,289 12.4% $92,704,760 13.2% $28,750,808 4.1% $212,537,322 30.3% $700,412,451
2014-2015 $276,126,298 40.3% $87,546,968 12.8% $68,727,541 10% $29,622,299 4.3% $223,910,236 32.6% $685,933,342
Averages: $277,914,285 40% $87,132,128.5 13% $80,716,150.5 12% $29,186,553.5 4% $218,223,779 31% $693,172,896.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Frederick County Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 40,706 68,715
MA 43,963 102,076
MA + 30 51,802 110,243


Teachers in Frederick County Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA). The president of the FCTA is Gary Brennan, as of June 17, 2014.[13]

Schools in Frederick County Public Schools


The district served 40,456 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.0 percent increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 40,070 -
2010 40,159 0.2
2011 40,188 0.1
2012 40,413 0.6
2013 40,456 0.1

District schools

Frederick County Public Schools operates 69 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Frederick County Public Schools
Arts & Communication Academy
Ballenger Creek Elementary School
Ballenger Middle School
Brunswick Elementary School
Brunswick High School
Brunswick Middle School
Career & Technology Center
Carroll Creek Montessori
Carroll Manor Elementary School
Catoctin Middle School
Centerville Elementary School
Crestwood Middle School
Deer Crossing Elementary School
Earth & Space Science Lab
Emmitsburg Elementary School
Frederick Classical Charter
Frederick County Virtual School
Frederick Middle School
Glade Elementary School
Governor Thomas Johnson High School
Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School
Green Valley Elementary School
Heather Ridge School
Hillcrest Elementary School
Kemptown Elementary School
Lewistown Elementary School
Liberty Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Linganore High School
Middletown Elementary School
Middletown High School
Middletown Middle School
Middletown Primary Elementary School
Monocacy Elementary School
Monocacy Middle School
Monocacy Valley Montessori
Myersville Elementary School
New Market Elementary School
New Market Middle School
New Midway/Woodsboro Elementary School
North Frederick Elementary School
Oakdale Elementary School
Oakdale High School
Oakdale Middle School
Orchard Grove Elementary School
Outdoor School
Parkway Elementary School
Rock Creek School
Sabillasville Elementary School
Spring Ridge Elementary School
Thurmont Elementary School
Thurmont Middle School
Thurmont Primary Elementary School
Tuscarora Elementary School
Tuscarora Middle School
Twin Ridge Elementary School
Urbana Elementary School
Urbana High School
Urbana Middle School
Valley Elementary School
Walkersville Elementary School
Walkersville High School
Walkersville Middle School
Waverley Elementary School
West Frederick Middle School
Whittier Elementary School
Windsor Knolls Middle School
Wolfsville Elementary School
Yellow Springs Elementary School

Academic performance

The Maryland State Department of Education conducts the Maryland Standard Assessment (MSA) each spring for students in grades three through eight. This test determines proficiency levels in reading and math. The MSA also assesses proficiency in science among students in grades five and eight. Proficiency levels in algebra, biology and English at the high-school level are determined by the Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA). Student performance is broken down into three categories: basic proficiency, proficiency and advanced proficiency. The following tables display the MSA and MHSA results for district students during the 2012-2013 school year:[15]

MSA Scores, 2012-2013[15]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
3 Math 13.0 56.4 30.7
3 Reading 10.2 64.2 25.5
4 Math 8.6 43.5 47.9
4 Reading 7.0 61.5 31.5
5 Math 15.5 61.7 22.8
5 Reading 5.8 26.4 67.8
5 Science 23.1 63.3 13.6
6 Math 16.5 50.5 33.1
6 Reading 10.4 40.0 49.6
7 Math 22.3 51.2 26.5
7 Reading 9.1 35.4 55.5
8 Math 25.2 40.0 34.8
8 Reading 12.3 33.6 54.2
8 Science 19.9 74.7 15.3

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[15]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 8.0 52.7 39.3
High school Biology 10.0 64.0 26.0
High school English 10.0 58.0 32.0

Contact information

Frederick County Public Schools logo.png
Frederick County Public Schools
191 S. East St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: (301) 644-5000

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Enrollment," accessed June 16, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Frederick County, Maryland," accessed June 3, 2014
  4. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Frederick County Public Schools, "Theresa R. Alban," accessed June 17, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Frederick County Public Schools, "Meetings," January 11, 2012
  10. Frederick County Public Schools, "FY14 Budget Info," accessed December 4, 2013
  11. Frederick County Public Schools, "FY 2015 Budget Information," accessed December 11, 2014
  12. Frederick County Public Schools, "Teacher Salary Scale," July 1, 2013
  13. Frederick County Teachers Association, "Board," accessed June 17, 2014
  14. Frederick County Public Schools, "Schools," accessed June 17, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Frederick County," accessed June 17, 2014