TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools welcomed more than 111,000 students Monday, Aug. 29, to their 176 schools for the 2022-2023 school year.
BCPS’ new recruits for the school year include nearly 800 teachers, 62.5 office professionals, 11.4 health assistants, 100 paraeducators and 21 principals.
“The start of a new school year is an incredibly exciting time for everyone on the BCPS team,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “While the school year is new, our mission and commitment remain unchanged: to raise the bar, close the gaps in achievement and opportunity, and prepare every student for the future. We are committed to moving forward. before, together again.
To meet growing enrollment and facility needs, the new Rossville Elementary School in Rosedale opened its doors to nearly 735 K-5 students. The school, led by Principal Kevin Jennings Jr., spans more than 108,000 square feet and features state-of-the-art technology and flexible, collaborative workspaces for students. The new school uses the highest sustainability standards in design, including geothermal systems, an outdoor learning environment and collaborative learning spaces.
“We are thrilled to welcome back the students, staff and families of Team BCPS for what will be an incredible year of learning and achievement,” said school board chair Julie Henn. “The board is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. We wish everyone a memorable and successful school year.
BCPS continues to invest in preparing students to graduate for college, careers, or the military. For the 2022-2023 school year, these investments include:
- Expanded dual enrollment/early university access opportunities for secondary school students.
- Enhanced security measures, including the placement of security assistants in all secondary schools. These new security assistants will focus on de-escalation strategies and relationship building and provide additional adult presence in buildings.
- Pilot the myView literacy program at the elementary level, which emphasizes creativity and project-based research to integrate science, social studies, and other cross-curricular activities and learning into English language arts.
- Increased support for the physical, social and psychological well-being of students.
- Expanded Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings, including finalizing plans for the new CTE/magnet artificial intelligence program. Applications from students will be accepted this school year for the program, which will begin in the 2023-2024 school year. The program will be the first artificial intelligence program in Maryland schools.
- Increased partnerships with families, neighborhoods, and community and business partners to support student and school success.
BCPS in numbers:
176 schools, centers and programs
- Primary schools: 108
- Colleges: 26
- High schools: 24
- Special schools, alternative programs and centers: 18
- 40.4% Black or African American
- 32.8% white
- 14% Hispanic/Latino
- 7.3 percent Asian
- 5.2% multiracial
- 0.3% Native American
- 0.1% Pacific Islander
- 53% eligible for the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMS) program
- 13.6% of students receive special education services
More in the video below…
Welcome Back TEAM BCPS 2022-2023 from Baltimore County Public Schools on Vimeo.
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