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Welcome to Darlington Elementary School (DAES) located on the northeastern fringe of Harford County, situated in a rural community by the Susquehanna River. Darlington Elementary School was established in 1894, making it one of the oldest HCPS Schools; the current structure opened in 1938. 
Darlington has a proud history of continuous service to multiple generations. We take great pride in educating new families as well as those families who have a generational history at Darlington. The school serves approximately 120 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade which also includes a primary and an intermediate (S.T.R.I.V.E.) classroom-a proud Regional Autism Program school. 
Darlington Elementary School is the home of the Darters, Maryland’s only higher animal that lives in the State of Maryland and nowhere else in the world, a Darter fish is the world's rarest fish. Like our mascot, the Darter fish, Darlington is a rare school, serving the smallest school population in Harford County where we continue to “Soar to New Heights!”
Darlington Elementary School’s faculty and staff develop learning experiences based on the belief that each student is an individual with unique abilities, strengths and talents. To this end, the school provides students with differentiated, engaging, relevant, and rigorous instructional strategies to interact with the curriculum, equipping students to thrive as global citizens.  Intentional and focused blended learning (technology and face-to-face teaching) instructional practices ensure that students are prepared to meet Maryland’s College and Career Readiness Standards. A strong School Performance Assessment (SPA) Team that includes parents, community members, and staff ensures that data are used to make decisions that impact instruction to meet the needs of all students.
Because students learn effectively when they enjoy the experience, we believe that intellectual, physical and emotional balance is essential to happiness and fulfillment in all aspects of life. The physical balance necessary for a healthy lifestyle is actively developed through both the curricular and co-curricular programs. In addition, emotional balance is developed through social learning and academic self-awareness.
An active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and a supportive business community results in a quality community school.
We are proud to integrate the school’s core values into daily instruction and into students’ goal setting where intentional habits are scaffolded to ensure personal success! 


Alberta Porter

Home of the Darters

Main Phone: 410 638-3700

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ADDITIONS/RENOVATIONS 1966, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2016

Alberta C. Porter

Sara J. Brown

School Data and Characteristics

The Maryland State Department of Education, mdreportcard.org, provides school-by-school information on demographics and assessments.

This site is updated annually as data becomes available.

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