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Ellicott City, MD
Students enrolled: 1,699

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8700 Old Annapolis Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 313-2867
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Grateful to: School leader
November 09, 2015
Everyone has been great. If I had to single out one teacher, it would actually be Dr. Halbach, but she's at the ARL, over the students in the Finance Academy.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
November 09, 2015
The best of the best and Howard County is one of the best school systems in the nation!

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
November 09, 2015
Every teacher my sons have had have shown a willingness to work with them and help them through any rough patches. I've not had a single complaint in four years and my sons have excelled, largely in part to the high quality teachers at Howard.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
November 09, 2015
The philosophy comes from the principal and filters down through the administration and teachers. I've had all positives interactions, as have my sons.

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November 09, 2015
Excellent school! I have a senior and freshman presently enrolled. Very strong academic and athletic programs, particularly happy with the career academies at the ARL. My older son is already taking the principles of accounting at the local community college this year and will complete an internship at an accounting firm next semester as part of the Finance Academy, an outstanding college prep curriculum. Great teachers, great administration and a no-nonsense approach have made for a great experience. Top-notch Howard County school!

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January 20, 2015
Parent of a current sophomore and a freshman. Cannot say enough about this school. The academic choices are fantastic for both my overly intellectual child and my sports enthusiast. The leadership, teachers, parents and community work together with passion and enthusiasm for the kids' best interest. FANTASTIC High School!

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November 11, 2013
I'm presently a parent of a sophomore and even though she complains about the rigorous academic challenge I know that this school is great for her future. The staff and teachers are phenomenal and work with you to ensure their students have a great Future.

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June 04, 2013
Am so happy that my son was in this school...all his teachers were amazing and the principal and counselors have done so much to support him. It has been a truly fantastic four years here.

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May 15, 2013
By far the best school in the HCPSS. I'm a sophomore here, my older brother spent 3 years here, and my younger brother is an incoming freshman. The school is great. There are many classes you can take-for whatever interests you. There's a great science and math program. Also, the electives you can take have a wide range. From computer science to art to strength and conditioning to principles of business. There's everything. The students are much disciplined and know the consequences of their actions. The administrators are really in it for the best interest of the kids. Howard's sports are up and coming and have been successful in the past. Also, the school offers an Army JROTC program that many students are enrolled in because f the discipline learned. My dad and two aunts graduated from here, and like them, I love it and can't wait to be a proud graduate in 2015.

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January 31, 2010
Howard High is a first class school. The principal Ms. Massella has done an amazing job turning this school into a top performing high school. We are so lucky to have her leadership and a highly qualified staff. 10 years ago, this school was being run to the ground, poor leadership and many teachers just there doing their own thing. Now it's like an academy. Fabulous school!

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September 16, 2009
The classes are rigorous, the students rise to the rigorous standards, and the teachers are totally dedicated to the success of the students.

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August 23, 2009
I am a past grad form Howard High. It is great school with amazing teachers.

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May 18, 2009
I am very happy with Howard High. Parents in the county need to start looking at the performance of this school and not look at past perceptions. Howard is now outperforming schools such as Mt. Hebron in science for example and has significantly improved academic scores in the last few years. Look at the data and do not listen to parents from other schools who want to keep Howard High 'down'. The renovations and Ms.Massella have had a very big positive impact.

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September 13, 2008
This is a wonderful school. The 'rumors' are just that, rumors from when the previous principal was there. Gina Massella is an amazing administrator and has done wonderful things to bring Howard High School out of the dumps. It's a first rate school and I'm proud my child goes there. Thank you to the caring sstaff and wonderful principal.

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January 16, 2008
Several years ago we were new to the county and had no preconceptions, just heard that Howard was old and terrible. One child graduated, is attending UMBC and was fully prepared at Howard for high levels of math and science classes. I still have 2 children there. The teachers are concerned about the students welfare. The new additions to the school make it difficult to remember that it is 50 years old. There are all kinds of after school activities that are always well attended. Howard is a great school with a caring principal. The students have pride in where they go and are fully prepared for the future.

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January 10, 2007
My son had to transfer from MT Hebron to Howard High because we moved to a larger home in Ellicott City. We tried our best to keep our son at Hebron because we did not hear a lot of good things about Howard, however we were told that he had to attend because he was just entering the 10th grade. I am glad to report that we are quite happy with the school, the teachers and the principal. We do not understand why the school had gotten such a negative reputation. We are quite pleased with the school. The class sizes are smaller then what we were use to at MT Hebron. There is also a good mixture of seasoned and younger teachers similar to what we experienced at MT Hebron. Howard keep up the great work!

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October 09, 2006
I have 2 sons currently attending Howard High and I have had nothing but good experiences. I think that Howard High is a wonderful school. The staff is always will to help and alwys very pleasant.

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February 08, 2006
This is the smallest high school in Howard County and was a good fit for my daughter who came from private school. Teachers are involved and interested in the kids. We are new to the county and was told it had a bad reputation, but we see no evidence of that. Very Nice School

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Howard High School
8700 Old Annapolis Rd, Ellicott City, MD  21043
(410) 313-2867
Last modified Howard High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Howard High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top