About Applications and Research Lab (ARL)

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 High School for Howard County Public Schools. The ARL offers centralized academy programs in unique content areas with many opportunities for internships and real world experiences. Business partnerships and advisory boards are pivotal in the success of these programs. Students from all 12 high schools and Homewood are able to enroll in programs at the ARL. Each academy is a two-year program intended for juniors and seniors and bus transportation is provided for students between their school and the ARL, allowing students to participate in all after school extracurricular activities. Students are able to use industry standard software and technology to study material at an in-depth level. Students are able to earn industry certifications and college credits while attending the ARL which helps prepare them for success in college and careers. The ARL is located on Rte 108 next to the Howard County Board of Education. Please contact us at (410) 313-6998 if you have any questions!

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.

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