About Us

Peter Gaylord

Peter Gaylord Principal peter_gaylord@hcpss.org
Hello Ellicott Mills! I am extremely excited to serve and be a part of the Ellicott Mills Middle School's family and community. I believe that a strong partnership amongst all stakeholders is truly what it takes to give our middle schoolers the best educational experience. Middle school is the second most significant developmental stage (mental, emotional, and physical) in a young person's life, and it is my firm belief that it is our job to develop the strengths of the whole child. I wholeheartedly believe educating the whole child starts with building relationships and trust. I look forward to an exciting and productive school year!

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson Assistant Principal christine_a_johnson@hcpss.org

School Overview


Celebrating over 80 years of service, Ellicott Mills Middle School continues in its dedication and commitment to provide a world class education to a vibrant and diverse community of students, staff, and community members.  Our mission “to make great things happen” acknowledges the importance of a middle school culture that balances students’ academic growth with their social and emotional growth.  To that end, all members of the community work to provide opportunities for our children that engage, challenge, and support them in their preparation for an ever-changing world.

Ellicott Mills Middle School believes deeply in the power of student voice and agency in curricula, classroom instruction and practices, student government, extra-curricular activities and after-school activities.  Student participation ranges from Student Voice, visual and performing arts, and Project Lead the Way to Student Government, Best Buddies, Girls on the Run, and a host of Seminars.

As partners in our children’s education, the staff of Ellicott Mills Middle School welcomes the participation and collaboration of parents, volunteers, community members, and businesses as we reflect on our past, succeed in our present, and focus on our future.

Staff Hours: 8:10am - 3:45pm

Student Hours:

  • Doors Open: 8:20am
  • Classes Begin: 8:30am
  • Dismissal: 3:15pm

School Profile: Ellicott Mills Middle School
Fast facts about Ellicott Mills MS listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.

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 3: Kendra V. Johnson, J.D., Ed.D.

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.

EMMS BOE Representative: Robyn Scates