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Howard and Calvert county high schools in U.S. News ranking

badge-national-rankingsTwo Ellicott City high schools were ranked among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best High Schools and were among 500 schools nationally to earn gold medals.

U.S. News & World Report, a publisher of education news and information, announced the 2014 Best High Schools this week.

Centennial High School was ranked 11th in the Maryland and 342nd in the nation and Mount Hebron High School was ranked 13th in the state and 439th nationally.

Four more area high schools were awarded silver honors including two from Calvert County — Huntingtown High School (ranked 14th in the state and 520th nationally) and Patuxent High School in Lusby (ranked 19th in state and 615th nationally) — and two more from Howard County — Howard High School in Ellicott City (ranked 18th in state and 610th nationally) and
Oakland Mills High in Columbia (ranked 30th in the state and 1,254th nationally).

Overall, Maryland had 13 schools with gold medals, 29 with silver medals and six with bronze medals. The top-ranked school in Maryland was Walt Whitman High School in Montgomery County.

Despite having three schools in the rankings last year, Anne Arundel County Public Schools did not have any schools on the list this year.

The U.S. News Best High Schools ranks of the nation’s 4,707 highest-scoring schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Along with the national rankings, U.S. News also released new statewide rankings and new rankings for the nation’s Best Charter Schools, Best Magnet Schools and Best STEM Schools.

“A good high school education is critical to prepare our future workforce,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. “The 2014 Best High Schools rankings are designed to help families understand the increasing public school options available to them.”

The 2014 edition of Best High Schools includes school-specific data on location, enrollment, ethnicity, school type and results of state assessment proficiency tests and Advanced Placement® and International Baccalaureate tests. Using the data and a comprehensive methodology, U.S. News gave each eligible school a College Readiness Index score, and then numerically ranked and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. This year 500 high schools earned gold medals, 1,519 took home silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze.

To produce the 2014 Best High Schools, U.S. News worked with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, a behavioral and social science research organization. AIR implemented the U.S. News rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college.

For more information about the Best High Schools, visit www.usnews.com/highschools.

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