Our County has over 1,000,000 residents, and the number of students enrolled in its public school system is over 158,000. The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) oversees Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), which has 209 schools, making it the largest school system in the State of Maryland and the 14th largest in the United States. The BOE is responsible for the $2.78 billion operating budget (reported Fiscal Year 2022), which is spent on instruction, school support, systemwide support, food services, and other MCPS programs. Throughout MCPS, 158 countries are represented with approximately 115 languages spoken, and the demographics show the majority of students are Hispanic and Latino students at 33.4%, followed by 25.3% White, 21.9% Black or African-American, 14.1% Asian, and 5.3% Other. MCPS also has an enormous staff with 24,589 employees and 13,646 teachers.
The vision of MCPS is to "inspire learning by providing the greatest public education to each and every student", and the mission is that "every student will have the academic, creative problem-solving, and social emotional skills to be successful in college and career". Its core purpose is to "prepare all students to thrive in their future" using the core values of learning, relationships, respect, excellence, and equity.
Source: Montgomery County Public Schools, At a Glance, School Year 2021-2022, October 2019.