School Details

Howard High School

8700 Old Annapolis Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-2867

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1633 students 15 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


High School Assessments (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Beginning with the class of 2009, students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Howard High School is a public high school in Columbia. 1,633 children attend Howard High School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Multiracial. 0% of the Howard High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 9% of the 1,633 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Howard High School is 15:1. Long Reach High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 16%
Asian 9% %
Multiracial 8% %
Hispanic 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 57%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 13%
Limited English proficiency 0% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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!

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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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