Tuesday, September 3, 2013
We have known for some time that there are a lot of MCPS 6th graders that do not participate in Outdoor Education.
The above chart shows the numbers. The blue column shows how many 6th graders were enrolled in MCPS each year. The red line shows how many students paid the $76 fee imposed by the Board of Education in 2004. All numbers were obtained from MCPS Operating Budget documents.
On average about 4,000 MCPS 6th graders are not participating in Outdoor Education every year according to this budget data. That's a pretty stunning number since MCPS is using Outdoor Education to satisfy the State of Maryland's environmental learning module requirement. If the students don't go on the Outdoor Education trip, they won't have completed the requirement for middle school.
Oh, and the Outdoor Education program in Frederick County Public Schools is free to all students.