Release Date: 4/7/2014
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Washington Post ranks 14 BCPS high schools among most challenging in nation

Annual America’s Most Challenging list gauges academic rigor

TOWSON, MD. – The national America’s Most Challenging High Schools project has named 14 Baltimore County public schools – more than half of the county’s 24 traditional and magnet high schools – to its list of the nation’s top schools.

The list, compiled and published by The Washington Post since 1998, ranks the nation’s most challenging high schools for academic rigor. From more than 22,000 high schools across the nation, the list spotlights 2,025 high schools, representing the top 9 percent of high schools based on total student participation in rigorous coursework and exams.

This year’s 14 BCPS schools, which are among 122 Maryland schools on the roster, includes two schools – Chesapeake and Parkville high schools – that were not on last year’s list. The total honor roll includes the following schools:

  • Catonsville High School in Catonsville (ranked 68 in Maryland / 1,112 nationally)
  • Chesapeake High School in Essex (121/2,000)
  • Dulaney High School in Timonium (23/428)
  • Eastern Technical High School in Essex (54/875)
  • Franklin High School in Reisterstown (92/1,586)
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson (44/775)
  • Hereford High School in Hereford (36/631)
  • Loch Raven High School in Towson (74/1,295)
  • Owings Mills High School in Owings Mills (117/1,906)
  • Parkville High School in Parkville (115/1,883)
  • Perry Hall High School in Perry Hall (103/1,739)
  • Pikesville High School in Pikesville (39/665)
  • Towson High School in Towson (26/472)
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville (43/749)

“These lists reaffirm what we already know – that Baltimore County is home to some of the best high schools to be found anywhere in the nation," said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “Inclusion on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools roster represents a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of students, teachers, parents, and all of Team BCPS. We can be proud of the work that is going on every day in these schools, and we will work to see that even more of our schools are included next year."

The America’s Most Challenging High Schools list measures a school’s academic rigor by comparing the number of graduates per year with the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge tests taken by students at the school.

The complete list may be found at

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