Maryland schools begin to open for 2016-2017 academic year


— Maryland public school systems began to re-open on August 17, 2016, and another record number of students, are expected for the 2016-17 academic year.

By the time all schools open their doors on September 6, 2016, more than 880,000 K-12 students are expected to fill classrooms and another 250,000 children will be involved in some form of pre-kindergarten, Head Start, or licensed childcare program.

“Maryland schools are some of the best in the nation, and this time of year is an exciting time for both students and teachers,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We wish Maryland’s students, educators, and parents a safe, productive, and successful school year.”

Schools this fall begin the fourth full year of implementation of the stronger academic standards designed to better prepare students for both college and career.

“Our goal is to provide students with a foundation for what lies ahead, be it college or career,” said Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “We need Maryland high school graduates to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.”

For more information about the objectives and goals of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the 2016-2017 academic year, visit: