The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and its schools continue to top national and state rankings. By many measures, HCPSS is one of the finest school systems in Maryland, thanks to our outstanding students, talented staff, dedicated families and supportive communities surrounding our great schools.
Hammond High School is one school that has taken great strides in preparing our students for life beyond high school. This past year, U.S. News & World Report took note by awarding the school a silver medal based on state assessments and college preparation. Hammond’s staff and students exemplify excellence in teaching and learning, and create a school culture that values critical thinking, diversity and the enthusiastic embrace of limitless possibilities.
Hammond’s commitment to postsecondary success can be seen with its steadily increasing graduation rate over the last several years. Further, more than seven of every 10 Hammond 2016 graduates enrolled in college in the fall immediately after high school graduation, exceeding the national fall college enrollment rate of 68.4 percent. These numbers, as well as the marked improvement of student performance on college entrance exams, are strong indicators of the outstanding work being accomplished at Hammond.
Additionally, with the increased support for students to participate in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, more Hammond students are experiencing the challenge of college-level coursework and earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP exam, a score that many colleges use to award credit upon enrollment.
What is the secret to Hammond’s success? Hammond teaches to the whole student. Highlights include the school’s more than 40 clubs — many of which are dedicated to school and community service and spirit. Art and music students participate in national exhibitions and competitions annually. Hammond’s ESOL students, coming from more than 30 countries, learn through a co-teaching model in several core classes.
I am incredibly proud of Hammond’s commitment to its students and their successes. To get a glimpse into what’s happening at Hammond every day, I invite you to view this Flickr album.