Advanced Studies & Programs  
ASP Programs

Advanced Learner Program- (ALPS, Previously Gifted/Talented Program)

Children and adolescents have many talents and gifts. The ALPs program open doors for students, affording them opportunities to develop their talents and gifts, and enrich their lives.  Exploration occurs in the classroom and through participation in special programs.

Advanced Placement (AP) & College Readiness Program

Advanced Placement courses are offered in all Anne Arundel County Public High Schools and provide students with rich and rewarding college-level learning experiences.  High School students have the opportunity to increase the rigor of their curriculum by enrolling in Honors or Advanced Placement classes. There is also an opportunity for students to earn college credit for these courses by sitting for the AP exam at the end of the course.

Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID)

AVID is an academic program designed to provide support to students who are in the "academic" middle.  This elective is currently being offered to students in grades 6 through 12, with some pilot elementary schools offering it to 5th grade students.

Co-Curricular Programs

The Co-Curricular program in Anne Arundel County Public Schools offers a broad spectrum of learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom for elementary, middle, and high school students. Intended to complement, boraden and provide a practical application of the knowledge students receive in the regular classroom, co-curricluar activities require students to work as a member of a group in an activity they have a passion for and enjoy.

Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

To ensure the needs of every student are met, today's schools are using a collaborative process to identify student strengths and weaknesses, design and document progress on academic and behavioral interventions, and share responsibilities for all students.  This change is required by the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.  Schools are becoming more proficient at using various forms of student data to appropriately differentiate instruction and to design instructional goals based on the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum.

Home Schooling

Anne Arundel County Public Schools supports home schooling in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.10.01.  Our mission is to promote quality education for all Home Schooled students through thorough, consistent parental instruction.

Magnet Programs

Anne Arundel County currently offers Magnet Programs at several of its middle and high schools. A magnet school offers an educational program with a specialized course of study or an emphasis on instruction that is different from the traditional curriculum offered in Anne Arundel County Public schools.  Magnet schools attract qualified students from a designated geographic area who successfully complete an admission process.

Signature Programs

Signature Programs provide thematic courses, co-curricular offerings, and work experience/internship opportunities around a Signature Theme , chosen by a school and its surrounding community, to connect classroom instruction with real-world situations and workforce relevant skills.  With each school offering a unique theme, Signatures bring together educators with local business and community leaders to make classroom instruction relevant, interesting and challenging for students to prepare for post-secondary education and beyond.