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United States Army
Child and Youth Services Liaison, Education and Outreach Services
949 A Sultan Drive
Building 949 A
Fort Detrick, MD 21702
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
Frederick County Public Schools
Parents new to Fort Detrick can help ensure appropriate class sizes and staffing by registering their children as soon as possible at local schools, all of which are open during the summer. To find out which school serves a particular address, call 301-644-5238 or 301-644-5025.
The FCPS students have a 180-day school year in keeping with Maryland law.
The FCPS has developed a local student service program to meet the state's student service graduation requirement. The program integrates community service concepts in specific curricular areas in grades K-12. Each high school has a Service Learning Coordinator to assist with the implementation of this program.
Washington County Public Schools (WCPS)
The WCPS enrollment is 22,000 students. It has 45 traditional schools and 3 specialized schools.
Washington County's high schools prepare students for the future. The high school instructional program addresses the needs of students who are entering the workforce, preparing for adult responsibility or continuing their education at the post-seconday level. Among the many opportunities, students may pursue one of the numerous career and technology completer pathways and engage in Advanced Placement or other rigorous courses and programs. Interested students also have the opportunity to study at one of the growing number of magnet programs or Academies as well as at Washington County Technical High School or the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
Waynesboro Area School District (WASD), Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
The district's 4,500 students attend classes in four elementary schools, a middle school and one high school.
FCPS Special Education
The Office's telephone number is 717-762-1191.
Please refer to the Education-Training section of the Ft. Detrick Military Installation's guide for information on College/Technical opportunities.
None on post. Frederick County Public Schools(FCPS) serve those living on Fort Detrick and eligible CYSS service users living in Frederick County.
FCPS is a successful school system in a diverse and growing community. Frederick County bridges rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles near both the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan communities. There were 41,378 students enrolled in FCPS as of September 30, 2016. We serve students with varying needs, including about 4,200 students receiving special education services (10.1%), 2,400 ELL (English Language Learners (5.8%), and about 11,000 receiving Free and/or Reduced Meal Services (26.6%).
Frederick County is home to 66 schools, including 37 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, 10 high schools, 3 public charter schools, and alternative school, special education school, and a Career and Technology Center. Plans are underway to add 2 more elementary schools in the next 3 years.
We balance top-rate academics with personal caring and individual attention you would expect in a small town community. In FCPS, we understand that the children we educate today will be the adults caring our community's health, homes, businesses, and neighborhoods tomorrow. Frederick County's investment in public education is an investment in our future. Our operating budget for FY2017 is $555,825,971 and nearly 47% of our funding comes from our local county government.
The results we achieve are impressive. Frederick County students consistently outpace their state and national peers in academic achievement measures such as the SAT college-entrance exam. Indeed, all Frederick County high schools rank in the nation's top 10% for encouraging students to take challenging Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate tests, according to The Washington's Post's 2016 Challenge Index. FCPS's graduation rate is a high 93.5%, while our dropout rate is 3.5%, Maryland's second lowest.
Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Graduation Requirements
FCPS requires a minimum of 25 credits to graduate. This includes the minimum 21 credits beyond the 8th grade that the Maryland State Board of Education requires and 4 additional credits that FCPS requires: 1 in math and 3 in career pathway credits.
FCPS provides bus transportation for more than 32,000 students every school day. For school bus riders, walking distance to the bus stop is no more than 1/2 mile. Parents are responsible for overseeing students as they walk to school or transporting them if the students' most practical, direct walking route to school is:
FCPS students may buy lunch in the school cafeteria or bring lunch from home. The Food Service Department offers meals (both breakfast and lunch) that meet nutritional guidelines for school age children. Milk is included with the traditional lunch or can be purchased separately. A la carte items are also available. Students with limited ability to pay may qualify for free and reduced-price meals. All foods offered in the school meals program are approved by the United States Department of Agriculture.
High school sports are numerous and available at all FCPS schools. The schools boast everything from diving to field hockey. Most sports opportunities at the middle school level are offered through the community-based athletic associations or through the Youth Services on Ft. Detrick.
School Support Services
Maryland law states that eligible persons between the ages of 5 and 20 shall be admitted free of charge to the public schools. Attendance in a school program for those 5 to 16 years of age is compulsory. Students are assigned to schools based on the location of their homes. All children must live in Frederick County.
To register a student, visit the office of the school your child will attend. The FCPS may obtain discipline and expulsion records when a student transfers from another school system. Please request a partial copy of your child's school record to ease transition.
To enroll a student for the first time, you must provide an enrollment form which is provided by the school and all documents listed online. If you have enrollment questions, call the school liaison officer at 301-619-7143. School offices have all required forms and can provide further information.
To enter the FCPS pre-k program a child must be 5 by September 1, and to enter the kindergarten program in August, a child must observe the fifth birthday on or before 1 September of that year. Children entering first grade in August must have completed public kindergarten.
Parents who do not wish to enroll a five-year-old in a kindergarten or other approved program may request a one year waiver. At the end of the year the student will enter kindergarten, not the first grade.