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Release Date: 5/8/2017 Contact: Office of Communications, 443-809-5908

Washington Post ranks 13 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 13 of Baltimore County's 24 traditional and magnet high schools to its list of the nation's top schools.

"The high schools on this list have demonstrated sustained commitment to excellence for all students," said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. "I congratulate their principals, teachers, students, and communities for bringing honor to Baltimore County Public Schools. This list, however, is but one way to measure success. All of our high schools are raising academic rigor and expanding learning opportunities for their students. We continue to focus on ensuring that our high schools offer the most challenging and rewarding learning experiences anywhere in public education."

From more than 22,000 high schools across the nation, the list spotlights 2,324 high schools, representing the top 12 percent of high schools. This year BCPS schools are among 105 Maryland schools on the roster:

  • Dulaney High School in Timonium (ranked 15 in Maryland /355 nationally)
  • Towson High School in Towson (17/439)
  • Hereford High School in Parkton (26/511)
  • Eastern Technical High School in Essex (35/738)
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville (40/812)
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson (42/841)
  • Pikesville High School in Pikesville (51/1,100)
  • Catonsville High School in Catonsville (52/1,115)
  • Franklin High School in Reisterstown (67/1,478)
  • Loch Raven High School in Towson (72/1,633)
  • Owings Mills High School in Owings Mills (92/2,085)
  • Sparrows Point High School in Baltimore (103/2,320)
  • Perry Hall High School in Baltimore (rankings not yet posted)

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 Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2016 divided by the number of graduating seniors that year.

The complete list and related articles may be found on the Washington Post website. (Please note that as edits are made to the Most Challenging High Schools list, rankings shift. The rankings above were correct as of the time this news release was issued. Perry Hall High School has received notification that it will be added to the online list.)

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