OSSI provides comprehensive support to schools to improve instruction in every classroom every day by coaching school leaders, connecting them with central office resources and creating strong networks of schools to share best practices.  

Who We Are

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Our Vision:
Elevating Leadership — Magnifying Learning

OSSI is organized into school improvement teams based on grade levels rather than geography.

There are three school improvement teams, each led by one or more associate superintendents, and their directors and staff.

What We Do

principals 

You have to know us to serve us well."
– School Leaders 

OSSI strives to understand each school's unique "story" by examining the conditions of success that make a great school.

The new School Support and Improvement Framework (SSIF) was created to examine four categories of data which tell a school's story.

Our Three Practices 

  • One-on-One Coaching
  • Learning Networks
  • Liaison Work with Other Central Offices
  • Read more

How We Help Schools

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"Servant-first leadership"
Offices → Principals → Staff → Students

OSSI provides support to schools by:

School Support & Improvement Framework

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These four data categories, when reviewed together, tell a school's unique "story":

Student Outcome

  • Standardized test scores (SAT, IB, AP)
  • Eligibility
  • State Assessments
  • Graduation Rate
  • Algebra I and II with C or better

Perceptual

Implementation

Leadership

  • Leading School Improvement
  • Leading for Equity
  • Leading for Learning
  • Leading High-Functioning Teams

Clusters by High School

Clusters

School clusters are groups of geographically defined attendance areas.

They include elementary and middle-level schools that feed into particular high schools and consortium schools.

See the list below to find which schools are in which clusters, or download the .pdf version.

High Schools A-F

High Schools G-O

Contact Us

At the Office

Carver Educational Services Center
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 100
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone 301-315-7377
Fax 301-315-7380

OSSI in the staff directory 

By Associate Superintendent

Enrollment/Boundaries

School Boundaries

School Assignment Locator
type in your address to determine which school serves your area

School service area maps and facility information
school boundary areas and other school statistics

Enrollment

How to enroll your child in school
steps, guide, and contacts

Consortia/Choice

The Consortia and Application Programs give students some degree of choice in schools and academic programs. Click on the Consortia tab or go to Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS) to learn more.

Alternative Programs

Six alternative school programs are available for middle and high school students who are unsuccessful in their home schools for a variety of reasons. Read more about alternative programs.

Consortia

Overview

Consortia give students some degree of choice in schools and academic programs.

High school students living within the geographic attendance areas of the Northeast Consortium (NEC) and the Downcounty Consortium (DCC) are able to pursue educational interests through unique programs in the consortia schools.

Middle school age students interested in specialty courses can attend one of the three Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) schools.

Each MSMC school offers an innovative and challenging academic curriculum with a magnet instructional focus.

MCPS Consortia

Further Reading

Learn more about consortia and specialty programs.

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We believe leadership transforms student and staff learning.

Our Work in Action

We build the capacity and improve the practices of instructional leaders through:

  • serving, supervising, supporting, coaching, and evaluating principals;
  • developing leaders to have passion, persistence, and practice to eliminate racial inequities;
  • facilitating support between central offices and schools;
  • intentionally creating networks of leadership practice, and
  • modeling our own learning.

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