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14 MCPS Schools on the U.S. News ‘Best High Schools’ List

Fourteen Montgomery County Public High Schools made it on the 2015 Best High Schools list, published by U.S. News & World Report on of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda

Eleven MCPS high schools received a gold medal for being among the top 500 schools in the nation and three received a silver medal for being among the top 2,527, according to a release from the school system.

The gold and silver medal MCPS high schools and their national rankings are: Walt Whitman (55), Winston Churchill (69), Thomas S. Wootton (101), Poolesville (129), Bethesda Chevy-Chase (161), Richard Montgomery (193), Rockville (275), Northwest (309), Damascus (378), Col. Zadok Magruder (466), Montgomery Blair (500), Gaithersburg (838), Wheaton (859), and Albert Einstein (1,028). Last year, MCPS had 11 schools make the Best High Schools list, with seven in the top 500.

MCPS accounted for more than half of all the Maryland high schools that received a gold medal and had the top six high schools in the state—Walt Whitman, Winston Churchill, Thomas S. Wootton, Poolesville, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and Richard Montgomery.

You can read the report here.

Schools that received gold medals also were eligible for the list of the nation’s Best High Schools for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), based on participation in science and mathematics Advanced Placement classes. Seven MCPS high schools were among the nation’s Best STEM High Schools—Poolesville (36), Thomas S. Wootton (78), Walt Whitman (110), Winston Churchill (128), Montgomery Blair (156), Richard Montgomery (173), and Col. Zadok Magruder (237).

This is the second national ranking to be released in the past month that shows that MCPS high schools are among the best in the nation, according to an MCPS news release. In April, The Washington Post released a report on America’s Most Challenging High Schools, and all 25 MCPS high schools made the list, placing six in the top 200.


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