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BCPS Snapshot

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the number of students in BCPS living in severe poverty has increased by 10%.

Over 58,000 students, 53% of all students in the system, now live in severe poverty, i.e., qualify for Free and Reduced Price Meals

For Free Meals in school, a family of four can make no more than $48,470.

Extreme Poverty: Students receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) live in families at or below 130% of the federal poverty level, which in 2020-21 is an annual income of no more than $34,060 for a family of four people.

The “survival budget” income needed by a family of four to be self-sufficient in Baltimore County (no savings possible) is $87,000.

For statistics on the number of homeless students by school, click here.

Homelessness: 1,928 students were identified as experiencing homelessness in BCPS (January 2021; number increases by end of the school year).

Looking to educate yourself on the issue of Food Insecurity?

Here are two helpful reports that illustrate the challenges and the opportunities:


Every picture is worth a thousand words! 

To see the map illustrating Baltimore County poverty rates and where Network schools fall on that map, click here.

Dramatic Increases in Levels of Need

Over the past 15 years, the percentage of BCPS students in low-income families* has increased by 60%, from 33% in 2006-07 to 53% in 2020-21. (*Students in low-income families are defined as those that qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, F/R).

📈 All schools within the Network also experienced increases, many with dramatic spikes in the percentage of students in low-income families, including the following schools that experienced about a doubling, or more, of the rate of students in need:

  • Cockeysville Middle
  • Loch Raven High
  • Owings Mills High
  • Parkville High
  • Pine Grove Elementary
  • Pine Grove Middle

🔝 Many schools have long experienced high levels of students in low-income families, including these schools with current rates above the 53% district average:

  • Baltimore Highlands Elementary
  • Battle Monument School
  • Featherbed Lane Elementary
  • Halstead Academy
  • Loch Raven Tech Academy
  • Mars Estates Elementary
  • Owings Mills Elementary
  • Stemmers Run Middle

To see a graph charting this dramatic increase in need, click here.