About Applications and Research Lab (ARL)

Atholton High School

School Address: 
10920 Clarksville Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042

Front Office Phone: (410) 313-6998
Absence, Early Dismissal & Late Arrival:
Attendance Phone: (410) 313-6998  
Attendance E-mail: arlabsence@hcpss.org

Administrator – Karl Schindler

10920 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Ellicott City, MD 21042 (Google Map)


410-313-7000, fax

"Extraordinary Learning Through Experience"

The Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) is the career and technical center for Howard County Public School System high school students.The philosophy behind the Career Academy Program is to prepare students for careers, rather than jobs or employment.The program offers students an opportunity to meet and work with professionals from career fields while building an academic foundation and skill base to be college and career ready. Business partnerships and advisory boards are pivotal in the success of these programs. Students from all high schools and Homewood School can enroll in programs at the ARL. Students use industry standard software and technology through project-based instruction. Students have the opportunity to earn industry certifications and college credits while attending the ARL, preparing them for success in all postsecondary pathways and opportunities.

HCPSS and ARL Vision Statement

Every student is inspired to learn and empowered to excel.

ARL Mission Statement

The centralized academies at the ARL will engage students through real-world experiences and 21st century industry standards to be college and career ready, empowering lifelong learners and qualified professionals who will thrive in a dynamic world.


The Career Academies @ the Applications and Research Laboratory are 2-year programs beginning in the 11th grade. Each ARL academy may have limited seats available at each grade level.

Students may request courses online through the regular high school registration window, and the option to include alternate courses is available. If there are more requests than there are seats available for any given course, a randomized computer program is utilized for enrollment and the placement of students within courses. This process results in a waitlist being generated for applicable courses.

If seats become available between now and the beginning of next school year, students on the waitlist are offered the opportunity for enrollment based on the order in which they have been waitlisted.

Students on the waitlist should work with their counselors for guidance regarding alternate options for college and career readiness coursework that aligns with their career goals. 

School Improvement Plan at a Glance

23-24 SIP at a Glance

Learn more about us!

Visit our Academy Profiles and Videos Web Site

Visit our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Web Site

MSDE School Report Card
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) School Report Card reflects overall school performance using a combination of academic and school quality indicators.

Community Superintendent

With a focus on instruction as a birth-through-graduation continuum, Community Superintendents better position the school system to support students throughout their entire journey with HCPSS. View community superintendents by regional area.

Community Superintendent Area 1: Patrick Saunderson

Board of Education Representative

Howard County public schools are divided into school clusters, which are assigned to individual Board members to facilitate school visitations, attend special events, and provide a point of contact for each school community. View all BOE school cluster assignments.

ARL BOE Representative: Jacky McCoy