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Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late on Thursday, March 22, 2018, due to emergency weather conditions. Bus service will be provided on a two-hour-delayed schedule. Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Other activities and programs that begin at 10:50 a.m. or earlier are canceled. Administrative offices will open on time. Day care programs in school buildings may remain open as scheduled. MCPS will continue to monitor the roadways and, if school closure is necessary, an announcement will be made by 7:00 a.m.

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Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) abrirán dos horas más tarde el jueves, 22 de marzo de 2018 debido a las condiciones del tiempo. El servicio de autobús escolar será provisto con dos horas de retraso. Los programas de prekindergarten, los programas de Head Start en la mañana, otros programas de medio día durante horas de la mañana y excursiones escolares quedan canceladas. Actividades y programas que comienzan a las 10:50 a.m. o antes quedan canceladas. Las oficinas administrativas abrirán en horario regular. Los programas de cuidado infantil en los edificios escolares podrán abrir en horario regular. MCPS continuará monitoreando las condiciones en las carreteras y, de ser necesario un cierre escolar, se hará un anuncio a las 7:00 a.m.

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MCPS High Schools Among the Nation’s Most Challenging

April 20, 2015

All MCPS high schools appear in Washington Post rankings

All 25 high schools in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are among the most challenging and rigorous in the nation, according to a Washington Post ranking released Monday. The list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools based on the access that students have to rigorous classes, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB).

MCPS placed six high schools in the top 200 of the Washington Post’s list—Poolesville, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Richard Montgomery, Winston Churchill, Thomas S. Wootton, and Walter Johnson. Only two other Maryland schools made the top 200. MCPS accounted for more than one-third of the 17 Washington, D.C.-area schools in the top 200.

“MCPS is committed to providing all students with access to AP and IB classes and this ranking recognizes the success of our efforts,” said Larry A. Bowers, interim superintendent of schools. “I want to congratulate our students and staff on the high level of participation and success in AP and IB. We will continue to make sure our students are prepared to take and succeed in rigorous classes.”

The Post evaluated more than 22,000 schools for the America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranking. Just 2,326 schools made the list, meaning all MCPS high school are among the top 11 percent of the nation’s most challenging schools. Among other MCPS highlights:

  • Twenty out of the 25 MCPS high schools are in the top half of the national list;
  • In the ranking of Washington, D.C.-area schools, MCPS placed three high schools in the top 10, and 19 in the top half of the list of 184 schools; and
  • MCPS had seven of the top 10 high schools in Maryland, including the top three, and 20 schools in the top half of the 124 Maryland schools that made the list.

To develop the list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, The Washington Post takes the number of AP, IB and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divides it by the number of seniors who graduated in that year. Generally, schools that have a score of 1.00 or higher are included in the rankings. (Learn more about the rankings)

MCPS is among the highest-performing districts in the nation when it comes to AP participation and performance. In 2014, MCPS students took 33,662 AP exams and earned a college-ready score on 74 percent of those exams—significantly higher than the performance of their peers across the state (60.9 percent) and the nation (57.2 percent).

MCPS High Schools on American's Most Challenging High Schools List

America's Most Challenging High Schools Report

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