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MCPS High Schools Ranked High Among Most Challenging in State



Poolesville High School ranks as number nine in the 2016 America’s Most Challenging High Schools in the Washington D.C. Area in the list published by The Washington Post. Poolesville High School ranks fourth among Maryland high schools.

Winston Churchill High School in Potomac ranks as number 88 in the nation, number 1 in the state and number 2 in the Washington D.C. region.

Eight MCPS schools ranked in the top 20 of the Washington area schools and the top 10 of Maryland schools (Winston Churchill, Richard Montgomery, Bethesda Chevy Chase, Poolesville, Walt Whitman, Quince Orchard, Walter Johnson, and Thomas S. Wootton).

In Germantown, Northwest High School was listed as number 24, down from 18 last year, in the State of Maryland, and number 41, up from 44 out of 184 in the Washington D.C. region and 416, up from 423 out of 2,289 national schools participating.

Seneca Valley High School was ranked 59 in Maryland, down from 46 last year. Seneca Valley ranked 107, down from 83 in the Washington D.C. region, and 1243 in the nation, down from 920 in last year’s ranking.

Clarksburg High School was ranked 45 in Maryland, up from 51 last year. In the D.C. region Clarksburg ranked 89 up from 90 in last year’s ranking. Clarksburg ranked 974 nationally, which up from 987 in the national rankings last year.

Other UpCounty schools ranked as follows; Damascus High School was ranked 33 in Maryland, up from 27 last year. In the D.C. region Damascus High School ranked 67 down from 55 in last year’s ranking. Damascus ranked 684 nationally, which down from 581 in the national rankings last year.

Quince Orchard ranked as six in the state, 13 in the D.C. region, and 180 in the nation. While Watkins Mill which ranked 55 in Maryland, 99 in the D.C. region, and 1,136 in the national rankings.

Schools are ranked by The Washington Post 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 2015, divided by the number of seniors graduating that year.

“Our schools continue to perform at high levels on AP and IB tests,” said Larry A. Bowers, interim superintendent of schools. “MCPS is committed to ensuring that all of our students have the access, rigor and opportunity to achieve success.”

The list includes 2,289 schools across the country and more than 186 schools in the Washington region.

File Photo by Germantown Pulse.

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