Release Date: 4/19/2016
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U.S. News & World Report taps nine BCPS schools for “Best High Schools" roster

Five schools earn gold medal status on annual list

TOWSON – Nine Baltimore County Public Schools made U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools" list of the nation’s top public high schools, and five schools earned “gold medal" status under the magazine’s ranking system.

Dulaney High, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Hereford High, Towson High, and Western School of Technology and Environmental Science were awarded gold medals, which signifies a spot in the top 500 schools on the national list of 2,673.

“This year’s U.S. News list shows that we are certainly among the best school systems anywhere in ensuring a strong academic preparation for all students," said Superintendent Dallas Dance. “It is also gratifying to see the number of schools receiving gold medals go from four to five this year. That kind of growth tells me that we are continuing to seek better educational opportunities for students."

A total of 67 (from among 244) high schools in Maryland made the list of the nation’s top schools, including the following Baltimore County high schools:

  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science (ranked 11th in Maryland /347 nationally) (Gold Medal)
  • Dulaney High School (12/350) (Gold Medal)
  • Hereford High School (14/396) (Gold Medal)
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology (17/466) (Gold Medal)
  • Towson High School (19/479) (Gold Medal)
  • Eastern Technical High School (21/520) (Silver Medal)
  • Franklin High School (35/1,196) (Silver Medal)
  • Loch Raven High School (43/1,510) (Silver Medal)
  • Perry Hall High School (65/2,575) (Silver Medal)

Schools receiving medal designations indicate those recognized for high degrees of student college readiness. A “Silver Medal" means a school is high performing but has a lower degree of student college readiness, and “Bronze Medal" designation means schools that are high-performing based on state exam performance.

Another six BCPS high schools were recognized nationally by U.S. News with bronze medal awards: Chesapeake, New Town, Owings Mills and Parkville high schools, Milford Mill Academy, and Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.

This year’s rankings were culled from data from more than 21,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Partnering with the global nonprofit research firm RTI International, the magazine analyzed state reading and math assessment scores, demographic information, college-readiness measurements such as AP tests, and other factors.

Maryland had the highest percentage of eligible schools that received gold or silver medals in the U.S. News rankings.

The full U.S. News & World Report “Best High Schools" list may be found at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools?int=994d08.

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