3 New School Buildings Open Next Week In Anne Arundel County


The new Hillsmere Elementary School in Annapolis (left) Quarterfield Elementary School in Severn (middle) and Rippling Woods Elementary School in Glen Burnie (right) all open next week. (Courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - Three new Anne Arundel County Public Schools buildings open next week.

The new facilities are Hillsmere Elementary in Annapolis, Rippling Woods Elementary in Glen Burnie and Quarterfield Elementary in Severn. All three are replacements for older buildings.

Chesapeake Science Point, a charter school in Hanover, is also adding an elementary school this year. It previously only served middle and high schoolers.

The replacement process for Hillsmere, Rippling Woods and Quarterfield elementary schools started in May 2019. Construction began 2 years later. 


Here's a look at the specs for each school.

Hillsmere Elementary

  • Current Cost: $36.8 million ($2.2 million under budget)
  • Size: 67,988 square feet (Previously 45,885 square feet)
  • Capacity: 506 (Previously 509)

Rippling Woods Elementary

  • Current Cost: $47.3 million ($6.6 million under budget)
  • Size: 102,834 square feet (Previously 76,500 square feet)
  • Capacity: 775 (Previously 613)

Quarterfield Elementary

  • Current Cost: $40.4 million ($4.7 million under budget)
  • Size: 83,840 square feet (Previously 45,885 square feet)
  • Capacity: 585 (previously 463)

The costs above include all the expenses reported before AACPS's July update. The final costs have not been solidified. 

The true price tags will likely be at least slightly closer to the budgeted $39 million for Hillsmere Elementary, $54 million for Rippling Woods Elementary and $45.1 million for Quarterfield Elementary.

Back To School

AACPS students start class the week of Monday, Aug. 28. The first day varies by grade. The school calendar is viewable at this link.

Bus schedules and disruptions are available here.

School supply lists are posted at aacps.org/schoolsupplies.

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