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Release Date: 4/22/2016 Contact: Office of Communications, 443-809-5908

Washington Post ranks 10 BCPS high schools among most challenging in nation

Annual list uses AP, IB participation as indicator of rigor

TOWSON, MD. – The America’s Most Challenging High Schools project of The Washington Post newspaper has named 10 of Baltimore County’s 24 traditional and magnet high schools to its list of the nation’s top schools.

“Inclusion on this list is the result of a lot of hard work and shared vision, and we congratulate the students, staff, parents, and communities who achieved this honor,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “We also know that our job is never done, however, so while we celebrate today, we continue tomorrow to focus on making all of our high schools the most challenging and rewarding learning experiences anywhere in public education.”

From more than 22,000 high schools across the nation, the list spotlights 2,289 high schools, representing the top 10 percent of high schools. This year’s BCPS schools are among 115 Maryland schools on the roster: 

  • Catonsville High School in Catonsville (ranked 72 in Maryland /1,474 nationally)
  • Dulaney High School in Timonium (19/371)
  • Eastern Technical High School in Essex (31/664)
  • Franklin High School in Reisterstown (59/1,244)
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson (42/875)
  • Hereford High School in Hereford (39/764)
  • Owings Mills High School in Owings Mills (105/2,085)
  • Pikesville High School in Pikesville (53/1,136)
  • Towson High School in Towson (15/343)
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville (51/1,126)
Compiled and published by The Washington Post since 1998, the list ranks schools based on a ratio of the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge tests given at a school in 2015 divided by the number of graduating seniors that year.

The complete list may be found at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/.

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