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AACPS Signatures Programs


  • A Signature is a theme chosen by a school and its surrounding community, to connect classroom instruction with real-world situations and workforce-relevant skills. 
  • A Signature brings together educators with local business and community leaders to make classroom instruction relevant, interesting, and challenging for students with opportunities that connect to the 21st century workplace. 
  • Each of the 12 comprehensive high schools in Anne Arundel County will offer a unique Signature Program.  These programs align with the AACPS goals to eliminate the achievement gap by providing all students with access to rigorous coursework.



What Signature Program is offered at my school?

Click here for an AACPS Signatures location map

  • Annapolis High School: Change Engineering
  • Arundel High School: Community Development and Global Citizenship
  • Broadneck High School: Environmental Literacy
  • Chesapeake High School: Information Management
  • Glen Burnie High School: Public Service
  • Meade High School: Homeland Security
  • North County High School: International Trade, Transportation, and Tourism (IT3)
  • Northeast High School: Human Performance
  • Old Mill High School: International Economics and Finance
  • Severna Park High School: Business, Innovation, and Leadership
  • South River High School: Global Communications and Public Affairs
  • Southern High School: Design--Preservation and Innovation


Signature Goes Global!

Arundel High School's Community Development and Global Citizenship Signature Program took its inaugural visit to the UMBC Maryland Study Center at Kiplin Hall, Richmond, England in November 2013. During this trip, Arundel Juniors were able to shadow students from Richmond school, meet with local members of highly active North Yorkshire Community, and learn about the culture and history of their host area. You can follow their incredible journey, with student reflections and a day-by-day travel blog on their Global Connect travel page. A return visit for Arundel High School is tentatively planned for November 2014.

We are also expanding our relationship with Kiplin Hall and Richmond to other Signature Programs throughout the county. In November 2014, Meade High School's Homeland Security Signature Program plans to take its first visit to England.


Signature Programs--Press Highlights

Arundel High School Students to Explore Global Citizenship Through Visit to England, Arundel Voice--12/11/13

Arundel High Signature Students Present to Nantucket Elementary Students, Maryland Gazette--12/6/12

FAQ and Other Resources Regarding Signature Programs

Frequently Asked Questions about Signature Programs

Background Reading and Resources

Signature Program links to Anne Arundel Community College

Click here to see how your high school's Signature program can lead directly into College and Career pathways at Anne Arundel Community College!

Who can I contact for more information about getting involved in a Signature Program?

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