US News ranks Maryland high schools No. 1 again

High SchoolMaryland public high schools have earned the top spot among all the states for the third year in a row according to US News & World Report's 2017 Best High School rankings.

While a charter school in Arizona took the top slot, Maryland was the top state overall in terms of the percentage of eligible schools awarded gold or silver medals.

This year, 27.5 percent of Maryland's eligible schools earned gold and silver medals in the ranking. Florida came in second with 24.4 percent and California came in third with 23.6 percent. Nearly 6 percent of Maryland high schools achieved gold medal status and 21. 6 achieved silver medal status.

The gold and silver awards reflect which schools are most successfully preparing students for college, based on students participating in and achieving passing scores on Advanced Placement tests. For a school to be eligible for a gold or silver medal, its students must also do well on the appropriate statewide tests and graduate at high rates, as explained in the rankings methodology.

Twelve Maryland schools received gold medals in the rankings including: Montgomery County’s Winston Churchill, Thomas S. Wootton, Poolesville, Walter Johnson and Richard Montgomery high schools; Howard County’s Marriott’s Ridge, River Hill, and Centennial high schools; Baltimore County’s Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Eastern Technical and Hereford high schools; and Washington County’s Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

Two Howard County school's received silver medals including Mount Hebron and Atholton high schools. Two Prince George's County schools also received silver medals including Eleanor Roosevelt and Oxon Hill high schools. No schools in Anne Arundel or Calvert counties were ranked.

Complete information on the study can be found on the US News website at usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/rankings-overview

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