The ACT/SAT preparation course is designed to help students acquire skills to prepare to take the ACT, SAT, or any college or career readiness assessment. Students will have the opportunity to review basic English and mathematics skills through participating in content-specific lessons tailored to their instructional needs. Additionally, students will have the opportunity engage in real-time experiences that mirror the various college or career readiness assessments through a variety of learning platforms to practice acquired skills. Upon successful completion, students will possess the tools and strategies necessary to complete any college or career readiness assessment to the best of their ability. Prerequisite courses of Algebra I, Geometry, and English 10 are recommended.
A program of alternative education is provided at the Center for Education Opportunity. Secondary school students who have long-term suspensions from school are eligible to enroll in the alternative education program and will receive credit for satisfactorily completed work. In addition, secondary school students whose educational, emotional, financial, physical, or other needs are such that they cannot be met in the regular school program are eligible to apply for admission to the alternative program.
Career Research and Development
Career Research and Development is a Career and Technology Education (CTE) instructional program that prepares students with the academic, technical and workplace skills necessary to seek further education and employment in a career field of their interest upon graduation from high school. The program consists of two in-school courses, a portfolio development project, and a work-based learning experience. The workplace component is a mentored, on-the-job, work experience with a written, personalized, work-based learning agreement and plan.
ESOL Newcomer Center (Harford Technical High School)
The ESOL Newcomer Center at Harford Technical High School exists for the benefit of high school age English Language Learners (ELLs) whose primary language is one other than English and who are in need of sheltered English language instruction. As high school English Language Learners enroll in and/or matriculate to high school, they are enrolled in the ESOL Newcomer Center. The ESOL Newcomer Center offers tiered sheltered English language instruction in English, reading, social studies, mathematics, and science. For students enrolled at the ESOL Newcomer Center, it is highly likely that their high school experience could last longer than the traditional 4 year sequence of courses if they expect to earn a Maryland endorsed high school diploma. The English Language Learners are provided the opportunity to attend the ESOL Newcomer Center for up to 2 years, after which they are urged to enroll in their regular neighborhood high school or complete an application for a specific magnet program or signature program. For information on specific courses, contact the ESOL Newcomer Center.
John Archer School
John Archer School is the only public special education school serving students with disabilities in Harford County. The instructional program is tailored to meet individual student needs, based on individual education plan goals. Instructional areas may include communication, functional academics, behavior and social skills, personal management, decision making, community skills, recreation and leisure skills, and career vocational skills.
Maryland State Scholars
The Maryland State Scholars program is conducted by the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education in partnership with state and local agencies. The program is part of a national “State Scholars” initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) in 24 states. The Maryland State Scholars course plan is designed to increase the number/percentage of students who complete rigorous coursework and are well prepared to succeed in college and the workplace. The course plan is designated a Maryland “rigorous course of study” with the U.S. Department of Education, which qualifies Pell-eligible students for Academic Competiveness and SMART Grants.
The Maryland State Scholars Course of Study (effective freshmen entering in 2012) within all Harford County high schools includes:
- 4 credits in English
- 4 credits of Math to include: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II*
- 3 credits of Lab Science to include: Biology, Chemistry*, and Physics* (preferred). Rigorous lab science substitutions for Physics may be selected from the following list of courses: Bio-Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Forensic Science, AP Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Environmental Science.
- 3 credits of Social Science to include: U.S. History, World History, and Government
- 2 credits of the same World Language*
Students must attain a 3.0 overall GPA to qualify. The designation “Maryland State Scholar” will appear on the student’s final transcript.
*courses exceed State graduation requirements
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programs
The Harford County Public School System offers a variety of high school programs which integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics content through authentic, rigorous, transdisciplinary and collaborative learning activities. The goal of these programs is to empower students to complete/be successful in a technological society and global market place. STEM related programs are identified here.
Student Aide Program
In some schools, eligible seniors may select a one-period per day noncredit student aide assignment. Selection will be made by the sponsoring department, with permission of the principal. Student aides are not graded, and they do not receive credit.
The Harford County Public School System provides some summer courses for remediation, original credit, and noncredit enrichment and/or remediation. Offerings are scheduled according to student registration, the availability and expertise of staff, and funding resources.
Student brochures, which list summer courses for that year, are issued each spring. Selecting an original or remedial credit course in the summer usually provides room in the student's schedule in the next school year for a desired course. Students must provide their own transportation. A tuition fee is charged.