County Public High Schools Rank Among Best In State, Country

MCPS high schools were ranked the top seven in the state and placed three schools in the nation's top 100.

Montgomery County features the top seven public schools in the state of Maryland and three of the top 100 in the country, according to the Best High Schools list by US News & World Report.

"The Best High Schools list, released Tuesday, ranks schools on academic performance and how schools are preparing students for college-level work," MCPS said in a press release. "The magazine evaluated nearly 22,000 high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia in developing its report."

Potomac's  (No. 57), Bethesda's l (No. 84) and Rockville's  (No. 93) finished with a top-100 ranking.

Churchill, Whitman, and Wootton were joined by Poolesville High School,, , and to round out the top seven in the state.

MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr said in a press release the rankings, while having limitations, are a good way for the public to compare schools based on similar criteria.

“The Best High Schools ranking is another indicator that, overall, MCPS is doing a great job preparing students for college and careers,” Starr said. "We celebrate the accomplishments of the schools on this list and remain focused on helping all schools improve teaching and learning in order to best serve the needs of our students.” 

Wootton principal Michael Doran said the rankings should help push legislators away from reducing funding for education.

"It does not surprise me about the rankings of our MCPS schools," Doran told Patch in an email. "Our county council and State department need to understand just what an effective program we have here in Montgomery County and to be very careful not to dismantle it in these tough budget times."

Greg Cohen May 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I don't know that I'd be so quick to dismiss the efforts of both the students and faculty members by simply chalking this up as "due to the educated parents who have very prestigious and high paying positions." Spend some time in a Churchill, Whitman, Wootton, etc. classroom before writing off the efforts of those in the building on an everyday basis.
Theresa Defino May 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Low and middle income parents also want the best for their children!
Greg Cohen May 09, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Exactly, Theresa.
Temperance Blalock May 09, 2012 at 04:28 PM
If academic excellence is largely the result of parental intervention at home, then why are those parents so eager to get their children into the best schools? Would they not assume that their child's academic performance is only secondary to the actual school the child attended? It's a lot like trying to determine what effect breast-feeding has on the child's IQ. Since the women who do breast-feed for a significant amount of time have higher IQs than those who don't, and since they come from households with higher incomes, once you factor those things out then there's only a demonstrably marginal effect between breast-feeding and higher child IQ. Most middle-income and lower-income parents would love to get their children into those high-performing schools.
Jeff Hawkins May 09, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Brigitta With all due respect, you may want to revisit your comment. We all know that there are many reasons for success and failure in the public school system and probably too many to mention here. To merely equate family background and the financial health of the parents to the child's success is in my opinion in error. There are just too many variables to come to that conclusion.


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