Announced today via email…the Howard County Public School System has abandoned two of the five overcrowding options for Howard High and Centennial High Schools. This announcement can also be found on the Howard High School Website:

Overcrowding Update from HCPSS

Mon, 01/07/2019 – 7:04am

Due low numbers of applicants, HCPSS will not move forward with the following options for students at Centennial and Howard High Schools:

1) Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Aerospace Programs at Marriotts Ridge HS open to CHS, HoHS, and MRHS students.


2) Reassignment to Glenelg or Marriotts Ridge HS with transportation provided by HCPSS.

HCPSS will allow CHS and HoHS students request Reassignment to GHS or MRHS under the existing Policy 9000, “Student Residency, Eligibility, Enrollment and Assignment” procedures. Families will need to provide their own transportation but students would be immediately eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics and other activities as a member of the GHS or MRHS community, as reassignment would fall under a Board of Education approved special exception. Interested students and families should email with questions.

The overcrowding options were announced back in November of 2018. There were five options announced:

1. Additional Sections of Courses at ARL
HCPSS will provide additional sections of overenrolled courses at its Applications and Research Laboratory.

Rising 11th and 12th graders at Centennial and Howard will work with their school counselor to enroll in these courses.

2. Work-based Options
Additional sections of courses including GT Intern/Mentor, Apprenticeship, Site-Based Work Experience and Work Release will be offered at Centennial and Howard. Students will attend classes at their school part of the day and provide their own transportation to their designated site-based location.

Rising 11th and 12th graders at Centennial and Howard will work with their school counselor to enroll in these courses.

3. Shuttle to Howard Community College (HCC)
Through HCPSS JumpStart, students will attend high school for one period per day and then spend the majority of the school day at Howard Community College.

Rising 11th and 12th graders at Centennial and Howard will work with their school counselor to enroll in these courses.

4. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at Marriotts Ridge High School
MRHS will host Project Lead The Way Biomedical, Computer Science, and Aerospace Engineering programs focused on pathways in health professions, computer science and engineering. PLTW course information.

*Existing PLTW programs at Howard and Centennial will remain intact. The proposed program, pending board approval, will add additional PLTW opportunities for students who opt to attend Marriotts Ridge.

5. Reassignment with Transportation
Students may seek reassignment from Centennial and Howard to Glenelg or Marriotts Ridge by accepting overcrowding as the reason for reassignment. Students who require transportation will be picked up and dropped off at their designated school (Centennial or Howard) or a central location. Students will not be provided transportation directly from their homes to Marriotts Ridge or Glenelg.

So it appears as if options 4 and 5 are the ones abandoned in the announcement today…no word on options 1, 2 or 3 yet.

I will continue to track this if further updates are released.

Scott E


  1. Or there is an even better solution since this keeps getting kicked down the road year after bloody year. I pulled child #2 out of public school and enrolled him in private school. Yes, I have to pay for it, but at least he gets a great education AND there are small class sizes (no classes having more than 20 students). Lots of parents did that this year…..just saying. We’re tired of the mess, the over crowding, the crummy common core curriculum, the endless standardized testing and the creepy data collection.

      • I sent my son to Calvert Hall in Baltimore County (there is bus pick up in Ellicott City/Sprouts parking lot). The BEST money we have ever spent! For the first time ever, my son likes school and his teachers AND has low class sizes. The teachers treat the students with respect and the students reciprocate. For the first time in years, I am able to understand the math and english curriculum and his history books aren’t missing large chunks of information. Science classes are fully furnished with microscopes, lab equipment etc. No creepy data collection, surveys and SEL seminars. I can’t say the same for HCPSS! CH runs on a 7 day schedule having 40 minute classes with open periods throughout the day so that the boys can get help with class/home work. The teachers are fabulous and they all want to be there. I CAN compare since I still have a junior in HCPSS (Howard)….as a whole, I have NEVER been happy with HCPSS and it’s fake “world class ” education that they tout to get people to live here. DONE with HCPSS!

  2. Of course there was little interest in reassignment to Marriotts Ridge or Glenelg without good transportation options. Those schools are under-enrolled because they are in the middle of no where and might as well be in Carroll County.

    I don’t know why they stopped the Jump Start program after 1 year – that seemed successful with relatively convenient transportation to Oakland Mills and Riverhill.

    None of the remaining “overcrowding solutions” actually move kids out of Howard High School which I thought was the point – it just allows upperclassmen to spend less time there during the day – something that probably happens naturally.

Comments are closed.