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August 24, 2018, UPDATE:

Crofton Area High School will open its doors for students in grades 9 and 10 only in September 2020. The school will add Grade 11 in the 2021-2022 school year, and Grade 12 in the 2022-2023 school year.


Rendering of Crofton Area High School The $135 million facility, now 25 percent complete, will have a state-rated capacity of 1,696 students and cover 275,768 square feet of space. It is being constructed just off Route 424 adjacent to Crofton Middle School.


A redistricting committee to recommend an attendance area for the school is in the process of being set up now. The committee will have two representatives each from every potentially impacted school: Arundel and South River high schools; Arundel and Crofton middle schools; and Crofton, Crofton Meadows, Crofton Woods, Nantucket, and Piney Orchard Elementary Schools. The fact that a school is represented on the committee does not necessarily mean that school’s attendance area or feeder pattern will change.


The committee will hold meetings in October before submitting a recommendation to Superintendent George Arlotto. Dr. Arlotto will deliver his recommendation to the Board in December. The committee’s recommendation, which may or may not align with that of Dr. Arlotto, will also be delivered to the Board at that time.


Anne Arundel County Public Schools staff will hold community briefings and the Board will conduct public hearings before it adopts a plan in April 2019.


The Board also learned that a principal for the new school will be in place by July 2019. That person will form a committee or committees to select a school name, which must be approved by the Board, and a mascot and colors, which must be approved by the Superintendent. A separate committee formed by the Division of Advanced Studies and Programs will determine the school’s signature program.


Crofton Area High School will not be a magnet school. It will offer a full array of AACPS courses, including the Project Lead the Way engineering program.


Whether athletic teams will compete on the junior varsity or varsity levels when the school opens will be determined on a sport-by-sport basis. No decisions have yet been made.