School Profile
Address: 10 E. First Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
Phone: (410) 222-6970
Fax: (410) 222-6981
Principal: William Heiser, Ed.D.
There are approximately 1900 students in grades 9 – 12 with a professional staff of 180. North County is bordered by Baltimore City to the north and route 170 to the south. It includes the area surrounding Baltimore-Washington Marshall International Airport. NCHS has a highly professional staff committed to the educational and developmental needs of its students. Our school motto captures the spirit of the school and community --- “Greatness is Within Every Knight.”
North County operates on a four period A-Day/B-Day schedule. Half Credits are awarded at the end of each semester based upon the successful completion of two nine-week grading periods and a final examination. Final examinations are required each semester and count as 20% of the semester grade.
WEIGHTED GRADING (yearly value)
A = 4                    A = 5                  A = 4.5
B = 3                    B = 4                  B = 3.5
C = 2                    C = 3                  C = 2.5
D = 1                    D = 2                  D = 1
E = 0                    E = 0                  E = 0
Graduation Requirements
English 4
Electives 8.5
Social Studies 3
Health ½
Mathematics 4
Basic Technology 1
Science 3
Service Learning 75 Hours
Physical Education 1
Fine Arts 1
Students may earn original and recovery credit through the Evening High School, Summer School and/or Twilight School Programs.
Counseling/Student Services:
Individual and group academic counseling, college, career and military planning are provided. In addition, Naviance, an electronic college- career planning and advisement system, is used by students and parents to support college and career planning. Guidance and counseling services are available to students and parents twelve months a year. Additional student services are provided by a professional team of collaborators: Psychologists, Pupil Personnel Worker, Social Workers, Signature Program Facilitator, AYP Specialist, and Case Management Specialist. For more information contact us at 410.222.6970 ext. 5206.
Counselors and Support Staff:
Chelsea Singer                    A-DAu
Margaret Drummund            DAV-HEN
Laura Simpson                    HEO- MHz
Kristen Hickman (Fino)        Mi-shz
Julianne Lorditch                 Si-z
Kristin Krycia                      STEM/DC
Mary Davis                         Administrative Assistant
Cathy Lamp                       Registrar
Post-Secondary Plans – Class of 2009*
College (4 year) 24%
College (2 year) 47%
Military 6.0%
Specialized Schools 7.0%
Undecided 15%
The Graduating Class of 2009 was awarded more than $2.1 million in scholarships and awards.
Self-reported by seniors*
The Graduating Class of 2011 was awarded more than $7 million in scholarships and awards.
Self-reported by seniors*
Special Programs
Student Activities: NCHS offers a wide variety of award winning co and extra-curricular clubs activities supporting student interests and abilities. Clubs and activities are inclusive of but not limited to 17 athletic teams and dance; symphonic, marching, jazz bands, chorus, orchestra; guitar; SGA, honor societies; It’s Academic; yearbook; newspaper; literary magazine; Model UN; math team; robotics; outdoor; environmental; literary arts; drama; visual arts and many more. Community service is an important component of our clubs and activities.
Advanced Placement courses include:
English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Modern European History, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics B, Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, French Language, German Language, Human Geography, Spanish Language, Computer Science A and AB, Studio Art: Drawing.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic program designed to provide support to students who are in the “academic” middle. The purpose of AVID is to move students from average level classes to more rigorous college-preparatory coursework while providing academic support in this elective. During each AVID class, students receive instruction in reading/writing across the curriculum, note taking & test-taking strategies, study skills, organization and time management. Another aspect of the program focuses on career and college exploration through guest speakers, college tours, and research assignments
Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.
STEM Magnet:
NCHS launched the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) magnet program in AACPS in the fall of 2008. The STEM Magnet High Schools, housed within North County high school is designed to engage students in an exciting project-based, technology-rich learning environment where expectations are high and student success expected. Global vision, 21st century high tech and communication skills, solid STEM coursework foundations, col¬laborative problem solving, research and internship opportunities, project-based learning, self-direction, and social responsibility are the driving forces behind the STEM programs at these magnet high schools
Academic Eligibility:
In order to participate in interscholastic athletics or extracurricular activities, grades 9 through 12, a student must maintain a “C” average (a 2.0 GPA or greater) as determined by existing county grading procedures in all courses enrolled in AACPS that count toward graduation. In addition, a student may earn a maximum of one “E”, “I” or “U” grade in courses taken during that eligibility period. A student on a partial schedule must maintain a “C” average and may not earn E, I or U grade.
Signature Programs:
International Trade, Transportation and Tourism (IT3); Academy of Legal Studies, Academy of Teaching Professions, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Pro-Start – a career building program for students who are interested in culinary arts and food service management. Collaborative partnerships have been established among North County, Anne Arundel Community College, parents, students, and local businesses and industry to increase/improve and enhance the educational opportunities and skills for all students.
Work-based Learning Programs are available through the Centers of Applied Technology and through school-based programs such as Diversified Occupations, Career and Technology Education Programs for example accounting, child development and computer technology.
Assessment Programs:
HSA: To receive a Maryland High School Diploma, a student must complete all state High School Assessment (HSA) testing requirements. There are three ways to meet the testing requirement: pass the four HSAs (algebra, biology, English 10 and US government), earn the combined score of 1602 on all four tests, or complete the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation in each of the four tested areas. Go to, or for more information.
PSAT is administered to students in grades 9, 10 and 11, while the SAT, ACT, and/or the Anne Arundel County Community College Placement Test – Accuplacer are taken for college entrance.
The Anne Arundel County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs.
Questions regarding nondiscrimination should be directed to Leslie N. Stanton, Specialist in Human Relations, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401: telephone (410)222-5318. tdd (410)222-5500.