What is the Digital Education Center?

The Howard County Public School System is planning a full-time, virtual option for students entering grades K-12 who wish to learn virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Once finalized, the Digital Education Center (DEC) program will give students the opportunity to take classes and earn credits virtually, while receiving support services from both the DEC and their designated home school. DEC students will continue to be “enrolled” in their assigned home school and will be able to participate in athletics and activities at that school. The final DEC scope and options are subject to funding, staffing and final Board of Education approval.