Carroll County boasts a wide variety of educational institutions within the county for students of all levels including public schools, private schools, career and technology centers, Carroll Community College, and McDaniel College. There are also many education institutions that are just an easy commute away.


Instilling skills and work-ethic for rewarding careers or continued education.



Preparing student to be skilled, productive and independent workers.



Enrolling more Carroll County residents than any other college or university.



Numerous quality alternatives to a public school education throughout Carroll County.



A private four-year liberal arts and sciences college offering bachelor and graduate study programs.



World class institutions offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs an easy commute away.



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The Carroll County Public School System consistently ranks as one of the top-performing school systems in the state of Maryland. Numerous awards have been bestowed upon Carroll’s instructional staff and students at both the state and national levels. The educational programs developed in the Carroll County Public School System are also recognized statewide and nationally for their high standards and innovative approaches. Carroll County students consistently score above state and national averages on the Maryland Comprehensive Program, the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and other standardized tests. Today, more than 25,700 students are enrolled in Carroll County Public Schools.


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• National award-winning teachers, students and programs
• Offers 28 accredited programs
• Students can earn various certifications and college credits

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SAT Scores

Average in 2021
Carroll County: 1100
Maryland: 1075  |  Nation: 1050

Carroll County Public Schools’ award-winning career and technology educational programs are among the best in the state. The purpose of the programs is to meet the challenge of continuing to supply employers with skilled, productive, and independent workers. Programs of study, including consumer services, engineering, health and biomedical sciences, human services, computer and information technology, art and media, manufacturing and machine technology, transportation, construction trades, and business training, are offered at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center and the seven comprehensive high schools.

Carroll offers a variety of programs designed for academic and career-oriented preparation. Five transfer programs and eleven career programs provide students with a foundation for educational success. With proper advising and planning, students may begin any baccalaureate degree at Carroll. Programs producing the most graduates in recent years are Arts and Sciences, General Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, and Physical Therapist Assistant. Carroll consistently has one of the highest transfer rates among community colleges in the state.

The College’ also offers customized professional development to individual business with the “Advantage C” program. The Miller Center for Entrepreneurs assists business owners who want to launch or build their business. Miller instructors and advisors develop strategies and provide support for business owners, connecting them with local, state and federal resources such as funding, technical support and industry specific expertise.

A private four-year liberal arts and sciences college founded as Western Maryland College in 1867.  This prestigious college offers bachelor and graduate study programs including preparatory programs in engineering and the health professions. Centrally located in Westminster on a 160-acre campus, the college has recently completed construction on new academic buildings, lifestyle centers and residence halls.
McDaniel was one of only 40 colleges recognized in the book, “Colleges That Change Lives”. The college also sponsors sports, theater, lectures, workshops and other special community events.


Carroll Christian Schools
  • Preschool through high school
  • Before- and after-school care
  • Bus Service (limited)
  • American Association of Christian Schools
  • Maryland Association of Christian Schools
Carroll Lutheran School
  • Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Before- and after-school care
  • Christian based education
  • Accredited
Gerstell Academy
  • Kindergarten through 12th grade
  • College preparatory focusing on leadership, moral & ethical decision-making
  • An independent, co-educational, non-sectarian school
Faith Christian School
  • Pre-school through 12th grade
  • Bible-centered curriculum
  • Before- and after-school care
Montessori School of Westminster
  • Pre-school through 9th grade
  • All day kindergarten
  • Before- and after-school care
  • AIMS Accredited
  • Private, Montessori-based, co-educational, non-secular
North Carroll Community School
  • Preschool through high school
  • Before- and after-school care
  • Bus Service (limited)
  • American Association of Christian Schools
  • Maryland Association of Christian Schools
Springdale Preparatory School
  • Springdale Preparatory School is a co-educational boarding and day school located on 21 acres in Carroll County’s rolling countryside.
  • College preparatory school with a diverse student population from Maryland counties, other states across the country, and from all over the world.
  • Rigorous academics while equipping all learners with the tools needed to meet all of life’s challenges.
St. John's Catholic School
  • Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Before- and after-school care
  • Bus transportation available (Limited)
  • Strong, formalized computer education program
  • Accredited, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools


World class institutions within a 50-mile/one hour commute include the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Hood College, Loyola College, Mount St. Mary’s, University of Baltimore, Towson University, Georgetown University and American University are the academic homes to many local residents. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered in virtually any field including the sciences, humanities, engineering, arts, law and medicine.