Eleven Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) received gold or silver medals in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s “Best High Schools.” Three MCPS high schools were ranked in the top 100 and the district had the top seven high schools in the state of Maryland.
The Best High Schools list, released Tuesday (May 8, 2012), ranks schools on academic performance and how schools are preparing students for college-level work. The magazine evaluated nearly 22,000 high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia in developing its report. More than 4,850 schools received gold, silver or bronze medals and the 2,008 schools that received gold or silver medals were ranked.
Three MCPS high schools—Winston Churchill, Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton—are ranked in the top 100 and eleven MCPS schools are in the top 1,000. MCPS has 11 of the top 28 schools in Maryland.
Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr said such rankings certainly have limitations but allow the public to see how schools compare based on the same criteria.
“The Best High Schools ranking is another indicator that, overall, MCPS is doing a great job preparing students for college and careers,” Dr. Starr said. "We celebrate the accomplishments of the schools on this list and remain focused on helping all schools improve teaching and learning in order to best serve the needs of our students.”
U.S. News & World Report partnered with the Washington D.C.-based American Institutes for Research on the methodology used to rank schools. The magazine first analyzed schools based on state assessment results, taking into account the demographics of each school, and then looked at college-readiness indicators, such as Advanced Placement classes and International Baccalaureate programs. Visit the Best High Schools website for a full explanation of the methodology.
High School National Rank State Rank
Churchill 57 1
Whitman 84 2
Wootton 93 3
Poolesville 105 4
Walter Johnson 118 5
Bethesda-Chevy Chase 151 6
Richard Montgomery 187 7
Blair 255 12
Rockville 356 18
Einstein 482 21
Wheaton 826 28