Maryland’s public education system ranks first in the nation again this year.
Education Week, the College Board and Newsweek Magazine ranked Maryland #1 for the highest percentage of rigorous high schools in America based on the “Challenge Index” developed by the Washington Post.
The “America’s Top High Schools” issue of Newsweek, published last week, listed 98 Maryland high schools among its top 1,622 schools nationwide. Since Maryland has 185 public schools, this means that 53 percent of our high schools appeared on their list. (A few other states have more schools on the list, but they have far more schools overall and, therefore, a lower percentage of schools from their state.)
The Challenge Index looks at student enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge courses and tests. These are considered to be indicators of good preparation for college, and many colleges and universities give credit for them.
Both high schools attended by children living in Crofton, Maryland (21114), are among the eleven (out of twelve) Anne Arundel County public schools that made the list – Arundel H.S. in Gambrills and South River H.S. in Edgewater. Nearby Bowie H.S., in Prince George’s County, also made Newsweek’s list of “America’s Top High Schools”.
If you're looking for good schools when you relocate to the D..C. area, you can't go wrong with Maryland - and it's hard to beat Anne Arundel County, where 11 out of 12 schools are in the nation's top 6% of public high schools.