After moving to a new location, you’ll want to know what educational options are available. The following chapter outlines Harford County and other local school systems, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are also numerous private school, charter and home-school options for children in Harford County.
Maryland law requires that all schoolchildren be immunized against polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), hepatitis B and varicella. The varicella immunization is required for all students unless they can show physician’s documentation of having had the disease. Students must submit an up-to-date immunization record.
Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1 of the school year. For more details on vaccine and registration requirements, visit the school district’s website. You can also go to the Maryland State Department of Education website and search for “immunization.”
Baltimore County Public Schools
6901 Charles St.
Towson, MD 21204................. 410-887-4554
Baltimore County Public Schools serve students in Baltimore County, which is located west of Harford County. The district is the third-largest district in Maryland, serving approximately 108,000 students. The district has 173 schools, programs and centers, including 28 magnet schools.
Within the district, 20 schools have been recognized as Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and 16 were named National Blue Ribbon Schools. Other achievements include having the second-highest graduation rate among the nation’s largest school districts, according to Education Week. More than half of the district’s traditional and magnet high schools have been named among the nation’s top high schools by The Washington Post, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.
Cecil County Public Schools
201 Booth St.
Elkton, MD 21921................... 410-996-5400
Cecil County Public Schools serve students in Cecil County, which is located east of Harford County. The district serves approximately 16,000 students. Within the district, there are 17 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools, one career and technology school, and one secondary alternative education program. Cecil County was ranked as one of the top counties in Maryland by the Center for American Progress in a study “Return on Educational Investment: A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity.”
The district offers specialized high school programs to prepare students for their selected career pathway. A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy is also available in each of the five high schools, which provides accelerated curriculum rich in lab and work-based experiences.
Harford County Public Schools
102 S. Hickory Ave.
Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-838-7300
Harford County Public Schools serve almost 40,000 students throughout the county. The district has 33 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, one special education school, one technical school and an alternative education center. According to Maryland School Assessments, student testing performance within the district exceeds state averages.
The district also has several magnet programs. These programs provide students with the opportunity to experience challenging coursework in science, mathematics, technology and global studies.
For more information on Harford County Public Schools curriculum, magnet programs, attendance areas and registration, visit the district’s website.
Maryland law permits home schooling. For information on home schooling in Maryland, visit the Maryland State Department of Education’s website and search for “home instruction.”
Additional information about home instruction in Harford County can be found at the Harford County Public Schools website. If you have questions about home instruction in Harford County, contact the Harford County Public Schools’ pupil personnel worker who monitors the home schooling program in your area. Aberdeen Pupil Services may be reached at 410-273-5514; Bel Air Pupil Services at 410-638-4143; Edgewood Pupil Services at 410-612-1521; and Havre de Grace Pupil Services at 410-939-6612.
For more information on home schooling in Maryland and a list of state and county home schooling organizations, visit the Home School Legal Defense Association’s website.
Baltimore, Harford and Cecil HomeSchoolers is a Web-based support network. The network exists to create an online forum to share resources, ideas and support among the home schooling community. This group has become a conduit for sharing information about the opportunities available to home-schoolers in the area to include the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
The Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators supports Christian home schooling families and group leaders in Maryland. The association provides a number of resources for home schooling families, including an annual curriculum fair, symposiums, workshops and other events. For more information on membership in MACHE, visit the association’s website.
Charter schools are independent public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment.
Maryland Charter School Network
540 E. Belvedere Ave., Suite 2
Baltimore, MD 21212..................800-689-3795
The Maryland Charter School Network promotes and serves charter schools in the state of Maryland. The network provides information, assistance and resources to charter schools and supports the development of new charters within the state. It is the only statewide organization that serves the Maryland charter school community.
For a list of charter schools in Maryland, visit www.mdcharternetwork.org/csi_md_charterschools.html.
There are a number of private options for parents living in Harford County who want to
provide an alternative education for their children.
Association of Independent
890 Airport Park Road, Suite 103
Glen Burnie, MD 21061............ 410-761-3700
The Association of Independent Maryland Schools is a nonprofit organization of approximately 120 independent schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The association’s schools serve more than 45,000 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. AIMS provides accreditation services, advocacy, workshops, conferences and retreats for independent schools. To search for an accredited AIMS school, visit the association’s website and select “Search for AIMS Schools” from the “For Parents” drop-down menu.
Local Chambers of Commerce
Another resource for finding private schools in the area is local chambers of commerce’s online membership directories. See Page 15 for a list of local chambers of commerce.
Harford County and the surrounding area offer plenty of opportunity for continuing education. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015.................. 443-412-2000
1 Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901............. 410-287-1000
Central Michigan University
at Aberdeen Proving Ground
4305 Susquehanna Ave., Room 209
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
Community College of Baltimore County
800 S. Rolling Road
Baltimore, MD 21228. 443-840-CCBC (2222)
7201 Rossville Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21237. 443-840-CCBC (2222)
Harford County Public Libraries
Libraries offer learning, recreation and an Internet connection free for users. Harford County has a number of public libraries to serve readers.
Harford County Public Library
1221-A Brass Mill Road
Belcamp, MD 21017................ 410-638-3151
The Harford County Public Library serves more than 225,000 registered borrowers with 11 library branches. Services include Internet access, an online community information directory, children and adult programs, information services and more. For branch hours of operations, visit the library’s website or call the branch library.
21 Franklin St.
Aberdeen, MD 21001.............. 410-273-5608
2510 Tollgate Road
Bel Air, MD 21009.................. 410-638-3990
Bel Air Branch
100 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-638-3151
1134 Main St.
Darlington, MD 21034............ 410-638-3750
629 Edgewood Road
Edgewood, MD 21040............ 410-612-1600
1461 Fallston Road
Fallston, MD 21047................. 410-638-3003
Havre de Grace Branch
120 N. Union Ave.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-6700
3722 Norrisville Road
Jarrettsville, MD 21084............ 410-692-7887
655 Towne Center Drive
Joppa, MD 21085.................... 410-612-1660
5310 Norrisville Road
White Hall, MD 21161............. 410-692-7850
2407 Whiteford Road
Whiteford, MD 21160 410-638-3608