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Eight Local High Schools Ranked among Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools
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Eight Local High Schools Ranked among Newsweek’s Top 500 High Schools

Of the 19 schools on the Maryland state list, eight were Montgomery County Public high schools. Seven of those MCPS schools were among the top ten in the state, according to a new measuring system created by Newsweek to rate the success of a high school in “turning out college-ready (and life-ready) students.” The results of the publication’s revamped national rankings were released online on June 20th, along with an explanation of the methodology used to rank the schools. Newsweek no longer publishes a national ranking based on Jay Mathew’s High School Challenge Index that appears in The Washington Post.

Each school’s score was determined using six weighted measures: four-year, on-time graduation rate (25%), immediate post-graduation college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%). According to Newsweek, officials at more than 10,000 public high schools across the country were contacted and asked to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2009-2010 academic year. Self-reported data from approximately 1,100 schools were assessed to produce the final list of the top 500 high schools.

The following Montgomery County Public Schools were recognized:

  • Poolesville
  • Winston Church hill
  • Thomas S. Wootton
  • Walt Whitman
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Walter Johnson
  • Richard Montgomery
  • Sherwood
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