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

May 14, 2018

Winston Churchill Ranked #1 in Maryland

Five Montgomery County Public Schools earned spots on the 2018 Best High Schools list, published by U.S. News & World Report. Four MCPS high schools received a gold medal, including Winston Churchill High School which ranked 1st in Maryland and 113th nationally.

The following Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) high schools received recognition in the report:

-Winston Churchill (# 113 in National Rankings, #1 in Maryland)

-Poolesville (#116 in National Rankings, #2 in Maryland)

-Thomas S. Wootton (#168 in National Rankings, #3 in Maryland)

-Quince Orchard (#243 in National Rankings, #5 in Maryland)

-Clarksburg (#843 in National Rankings, #20 in Maryland)

(See how MCPS high schools performed on the Best High Schools List)

U.S. News & World Report worked with North Carolina-based RTI International to evaluate more than 20,000 high schools across the nation, using a four-step process. The analysis first evaluated schools on their overall student performance on state-mandated assessments and then, how effectively schools educated their African American, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Researchers then looked at graduation rates, along with school participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams to determine how well the schools prepared students for college-level work. Based on the results of their analysis, the researchers created a College Readiness Index for each school. (Learn more about the methodology).


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