MCPS High Schools Shine in National Rankings
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) earned exceptional results on two national rankings of high school performance released on May 20.
MCPS placed five schools in the top 100 of the Washington Post’s 2012 High School Challenge rankings. All 25 MCPS high schools appear in the rankings, which represents the top eight percent of the nation’s high schools.
Additionally, nine MCPS high schools were ranked among the nation’s 1,000 best by Newsweek/The Daily Beast on its list of America’s Best High Schools.
Our performance on these reports is another indicator that we are committed to giving all students access to classes that prepare them for college and the work place.
These rankings are an acknowledgement of the hard work of our outstanding staff and the ongoing commitment of our community to provide every child an excellent education. – Superintendent Joshua P. Starr
The High School Challenge
The Washington Post’s High School Challenge is designed to identify high schools providing the greatest number of students access to Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other college-level classes. The rankings use the Challenge Index, which divides the number of AP, IB or other college-level tests a school gave in 2011 by the number of graduating seniors. Only schools that had at least the same number of college-level tests taken as the school had graduates are included in the rankings. Therefore, only 1,848 out of the nation’s 22,000 high schools are included in the rankings. All MCPS high school made the list.
For the second year in a row, MCPS placed five schools in the top 100– Poolesville (54), Richard Montgomery (77), Bethesda-Chevy Chase (88), Walter Johnson (89), and Winston Churchill (98). In the Washington D.C. region, MCPS had seven schools in the top 20, including the five listed above as well as Thomas S. Wootton and Walt Whitman. In the state of Maryland, MCPS had the top seven schools and eight of the top 10.