Maryland Near Top of USNews “Best High Schools” Rankings

Maryland ranked #3 overall in rankings of best high schools by US News & World Report.

The newsmagazine US News & World Report, known for its research-based rankings, has issued its list of best high schools – including a state ranking for each one’s system of public schools. Maryland ranked 3rd of 51 entries in the latest rankings, with over 40% of Maryland high schools grading in the top 25% of their nationwide rankings.

From the article summarizing the results:

The top-ranked U.S. public schools in the 2021 Best High Schools rankings are those whose students earned outstanding scores in math and reading state assessments, took and earned a qualifying score in an array of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions. Under U.S. News’ 2021 rankings methodology, nearly 18,000 public high schools were ranked using a comprehensive formula. The six ranking factors and their weights are explained in the rankings methodology.

The state rankings are calculated based on the proportion of each state’s schools in the top 25% of the 2021 Best High Schools rankings. That level of achievement is the most valid indicator of the relative performance of a state’s high schools compared with other states. This is because if a state has a relatively high percentage of its high schools in the top 25%, it demonstrates that those high schools have performed at the highest levels compared with other U.S. schools.

Read the full article online, and see the detailed rankings school-by-school as well as by state.


Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties