April 22, 2020 at 9:11am | Bob Myers

Best High Schools in Maryland

U.S New and World Report reviewed more than 24,000 U.S. public high schools; 212 Maryland high schools made their rankings.
Maryland high school students are assessed in English language arts and math through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exams. Learn more from the Maryland State Department of Education.

# 1 – Poolesville HS
# 2 – Walt Whitman HS
# 3 – Thomas S. Wootton
# 4 – Winston Churchill
# 6 – Walter Johnson

# 1 – Poolesville HS
# 2 – Walt Whitman HS
# 3 – Thomas S. Wootton
# 4 – Winston Churchill
# 5 – Walter Johnson (6 in MD)
# 6 – Bethesda-Chevy Chase (13 in MD)
# 7 – Richard Montgomery (14 in MD)
# 8 – Quince Orchard (20 in MD)
# 9 – Damascus (25 in MD)
#10 – Northwest (26 in MD)
#11 – Paint Branch (35 in MD)
#12 – James H. Blake (36 in MD)
#13 – Clarksburg (38 in MD)
#14 – Montgomery Blair (43 in MD)
#15 – Rockville (46 in MD)
#16 – Sherwood (48 in MD)
#17 – Wheaton (61 in MD)
#18 – Springbrook (63 in MD)
#19 – Col. Zadok Magruder (68 in MD)
#20 – Albert Einstein (83 in MD)
#21 – Northwood (93 in MD)
#22 – Gaithersburg (94 in MD)
#23 – John F. Kennedy (112 in MD)
#24 – Seneca Valley (116 in MD)
#25 – Watkins Mill (132 in MD)

A great high school educates all students from different social and economic backgrounds, exposing them to challenging coursework on the path to graduation. The highest ranked U.S. public schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best High Schools rankings are those whose attendees demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed a diverse array of college-level exams and graduated in high proportions.

Under U.S. News' 2020 rankings methodology, the vast majority of all public high schools are ranked.

In coordination with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, U.S. News ranked approximately 17,790 public high schools out of more than 24,000 reviewed. This is the count of public high schools that had a 12th grade enrollment of 15 or greater, or otherwise had sufficient enrollment in other high school grades during the 2017-2018 school year to be analyzed.

They did this by summing their weighted scores across six indicators of school quality, then computed for each school a single zero to 100 overall score reflective of performance across these metrics. The overall scores depict how well each school did on a national percentile basis. For example, a school with a score of 60 performed in the 60th percentile among all schools in the rankings.

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