U.S. News Ranks Maryland High Schools #1 in Nation

Maryland high schools are the best in the nation, with four ranking among the top 150 in the country, according to a new list from U.S. News & World Report.

The list, published Tuesday morning, ranks more than 2,600 high schools across the country based on state high school proficiency tests, disadvantaged students’ performance on those tests, graduation rate, and then Advanced Placement test data.

As reported in the Baltimore Business Journal,

On a state-by-state level, U.S. News said Maryland schools performed best by their measures, with 5.9 percent of the public schools achieving “Gold Medal” status and 21.6 percent achieving “Silver Medal” status.

Massachusetts actually had the highest percentage of “Gold Medal” schools, with 6.2 percent of its public schools reaching that status, but ended up fifth overall among the states because it had relatively few “Silver Medal” high schools.

After Maryland, rounding out the top five were Florida, California, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

When broken down by individual schools, the state only placed four inside the top 150, all from Montgomery County: Winston Churchill High School (75), Thomas S. Wootton High School (106), Poolesville High (108) and Walter Johnson High School (149).

The highest-ranked high school in Greater Baltimore is Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County, which came in at 226th on the list. The Baltimore School for the Arts, coming in at 1,276th, was highest among Baltimore City schools.

Nationally, five of the top seven schools are in the Arizona, while Texas landed three schools among the top 10. All five of those Arizona schools are part of the BASIS Schools charter network, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

At the bottom, South Dakota did not allow U.S. News to view Advanced Placement test results, so it’s listed as No. 51. It places behind Nebraska, Mississippi, Wyoming, Iowa and New Mexico, each of which had fewer than 4 percent of schools achieve either “Gold Medal” or “Silver Medal” status.

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