Whitman, Wootton Rank in Top 200 U.S. High Schools

Montgomery County High Schools Score High in U.S. News 2022 Rankings

photo of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda

Whitman and Wootton High Schools are the only Maryland high schools ranked in the top 200 high schools for 2022.

The U.S. News & World Report released their annual Best High School rankings Tuesday. Walt Whitman in Bethesda (104) and Wootton in Rockville (167) are the only two high schools in Maryland to make the top 200 nationally.

U.S. News ranked more than 17,800 public high schools in the country based on their performance on state assessment and how well they prepare students for college. The six factors used to compile a score for each school include college readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates.

Six Montgomery County High Schools are ranked among the top 10 public schools in Maryland according to the U.S. News report on Best High Schools in Maryland.

Walt Whitman in Bethesda is ranked as the best school in Maryland and  No. 104 in the country.

Thomas S. Wotton High School in Rockville ranks second best in the state and No. 167 in the country.

Poolesville High school was ranked fourth best in the state and No. 248 in the country.

Winston Churchill High School in Potomac ranked fifth in the state and No. 294 in the country.

Three other county high schools ranked within the top 20 in Maryland as well. Bethesda-Chevy Chase ranked No. 8 in the state and No. 491 in the country. Richard Montgomery located in Rockville ranked No. 9 in the state and No. 572 nationally, while Walter Johnson in Bethesda ranked No. 15 in the state and No. 707 nationally. Northwest in Germantown ranked 18th in the state and No. 771 nationally.

The data used by U.S. News came from U.S. Department of Education, statewide math and reading level assessment tests and high school graduation rates from the 2019-2020 school year, Advanced Placement examination data from the College Board, and the International Baccalaureate examination data from International Baccalaureate. More information is available about the methodology used to rank the high schools at U.S. News.

For the full national high school rankings, click here, and for the full Maryland high school rankings, click here.

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