School Start and Dismissal Times

Elementary Schools

Carroll County has 23 elementary schools. Grade level alignment for elementary schools in Carroll County is K-5 with the exception of Parr’s Ridge (K-2) and Mt. Airy Elementary (3-5). Some elementary schools also have prekindergarten programs. In addition, five of the elementary schools are regional special education centers.

Chronological age determines when a child may start school. Most children begin school in kindergarten and complete one grade per year. Provision is made, however, for the child who may need more or less than six years to complete the elementary program. Students are assigned to a class at the appropriate grade level. The classroom teachers are responsible for most of the student’s instruction. Specialists provide and/or assist with programs for art, music, media, physical education, reading and special needs.

Children are grouped and regrouped according to their needs. A student may move to a specialist and/or other classes and grade levels to receive appropriate instruction on his or her level.

For more information contact Cynthia McCabe, Director of Elementary Schools, at 410-751-3009 or email

Middle Schools

Carroll County has 9 middle schools. The middle school organization in Carroll County includes grades 6 through 8. Students are organized into interdisciplinary teaching teams which provide instruction in the academic subjects. Instruction in the nonacademic areas is provided by separate teachers. Students are grouped and regrouped for instruction by teams of teachers.

Education for students in their middle learning years nurtures intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. Schools are organized to accommodate these unique developmental characteristics and needs. Curriculum, instruction, assessment, student activities and support services, as well as the environment, organization and administration, are designed to promote the improvement of academic skills, encourage individual student interests and talents, and foster social competency and personal success. The total school program enhances the quality of education and the personal lives of early adolescents, facilitates the successful transition from the middle learning years to the high school learning years, and lays an important foundation for life.

For more information contact Tom Hill, Director of Middle Schools at 410-751-3157 or email

High Schools

In Carroll County there are eight comprehensive high schools, as well as a career and technology center and an alternative school, Gateway School. A student must earn a minimum of 25 credits beyond the eighth grade to graduate from high school.

In addition to the required courses, many others are available in world languages, business education, fine arts and technology education. Numerous career and technology programs for high school students are also available in each school and at the career and technology center. All high schools have an extensive extra-curricular and co-curricular program.

For more information contact Kimberly Dolch, Director of High Schools, at 410-751-3044 or email

Other Schools

The Carroll County Public School System provides several non-traditional schools along with the traditional elementary, middle, and high school programs.

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center(CCCTC) offers a wide variety of career and technology training to high school students throughout the county. Many of the programs at the CCCTC lead to college credits and state/nationally recognized certificates. Students can begin applying in their 10th grade year and attend the CCCTC in their junior and senior year.

Crossroads Middle and Gateway School, the Carroll County Public School System's alternative schools, are designed for middle and high school students who have been unable to function satisfactorily in their home schools. The purpose of the schools is to give students an opportunity to succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally so that they can transition back to their home schools.

Carroll Springs School is dedicated to those children with special needs. Carroll Springs provides services for students with multiple disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 who are residents of Carroll County. Students attending Carroll Springs require the intensive service available at Carroll Springs. Some of the specialized services provided include nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and education. In addition to providing direct service to students Carroll Springs School houses the Carroll County Infants and Toddlers Program. The Infants and Toddlers Program provides services to children from birth through the age of three who are residents of Carroll County.

Carroll County Outdoor School provides sixth grade students with a unique opportunity for intensive study in a "living laboratory." Each sixth grader has the opportunity to attend a week-long residential environmental education program at the Hashawha Environmental Center. Instruction and supervision are provided by the Outdoor School team, high school student counselors, and visiting classroom teachers.