Student Education Planning Guide

Message From The Superintendent

The Student Education Planning Guide is designed to assist students and families in planning an appropriate and rigorous high school program based on meeting graduation requirements and addressing student interest and career goals. This guide provides a comprehensive outline of course offerings available in our high schools. As it is not feasible for all of our high schools to offer the complete complement of courses contained in this guide, each high school tailors offerings based on factors reflecting student registration, as well as the availability and expertise of its faculty.

High schools prepare supplemental school registration materials during the registration process that can be accessed here. Please be sure to consult any and all information provided by individual schools during the registration process.

We are proud of our comprehensive high school course offerings that include programs of rigor, special assistance, acceleration, career interest, as well as study in the fine and technical arts. We wish students success as they pursue their educational goals.

Sean W. Bulson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Purpose of the Student Education Planning Guide

The Student Education Planning Guide will assist in the design of a long term, personalized educational plan that will prepare each student to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Through its use, students can see the relevance and purpose of high school coursework, service learning, and extracurricular activities, and the support they provide for individual career planning. This guide will help students, parents, teachers, and school counselors discuss career goals and develop and implement a six-year education plan. With advanced planning and sustained effort, students can graduate from high school having earned college credits and/or industry certifications.


The Student Education Planning Guide provides resources to support students and families in developing and maintaining a meaningful post-secondary plan rooted in student interest and opportunities available in Harford County Public Schools. Consultation with counselors, teachers, and school personnel should occur each year.

Below are links located throughout this guide to topics of interest to support educational and career planning.

Board of Education of Harford County
Strategic Plan

We will inspire and prepare each student to achieve success in college and career.

Each student will attain academic and personal success in a safe and caring environment that honors the diversity of our students and staff.

Core Values:

  • We empower each student to achieve academic excellence.
  • We create reciprocal relationships with families and members of the community.
  • We attract and retain highly skilled personnel.
  • We assure an efficient and effective organization.
  • We provide a safe and secure environment.

Long Term Goals:

Goal 1: Prepare every student for success in postsecondary education and career.
Goal 2: Engage families and the community to be partners in the education of our students.
Goal 3: Hire and support highly effective staff who are committed to building their own professional capacity in order to increase student achievement.
Goal 4: Provide safe, secure, and healthy learning environments that are conducive to effective teaching and learning, creativity and innovation.

We believe the strategic plan guides our practice and is the foundation for continuous systemic growth and achievement. Our core values are constant, non-negotiable, and reflect our systemic beliefs. The plan will be reviewed annually by the Board of Education of Harford County. The components of the plan will be reflected in the Harford County Master Plan, the Board of Education Budget, and the respective School Performance and Achievement Plans.

Board of Education

Dr. Aaron S. Poynton, President, Appointed Member-at-Large
Melissa L. Hahn, Vice-President, Elected Member, Councilmanic District D
Terri Kocher, Appointed Member-at-Large
Lauren Paige Strauss, Appointed Member-at-Large
Denise E. Perry, Elected Member, Councilmanic District A
Wade A. Sewell, Elected Member, Councilmanic District B
Dr. Carol L. Mueller, Elected Member, Councilmanic District C
Carol P. Bruce, Elected Member, Councilmanic District E
Diane M. Alvarez, Elected Member, Councilmanic District F
Madina A. Sabirova, Student Board Member

Superintendent of Schools

Sean W. Bulson, Ed.D.

The Student Education Planning Guide was developed under the direction of the Offices of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment and Secondary Education.

Heather Kutcher
Executive Director
Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

Michael L. O’Brien
Executive Director
Middle & High School Performance

Colin P. Carr
Secondary School Instruction & Performance

The Harford County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. Inquires related to the policies of the Board of Education of Harford County should be directed to the Manager of Communications at 410-588-5203.

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