The Howard County Public School System is one of the leading school districts in Maryland. It operates more than 70 educational facilities that include middle, high and elementary schools. The system serves over 48,900 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Its schools provide classes in English, mathematics, science and physical education. The system s schools administer special education programs for gifted students. Its schools also coordinate the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. The system s schools offer guidance counseling and food services. Its schools conduct athletic events, as well as extracurricular activities, such as music and dance. The system s schools maintain parent-teacher associations that encourage parental involvement in children s education. The Howard County Public School System s schools additionally have media centers.