A list released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report ranked three Montgomery County Public Schools — Winston Churchill High in Potomac, Walt Whitman High in Bethesda and Thomas S. Wootton High in Rockville — as the first, second and third best high schools in the state, respectively; in the country, they stacked up as the 57th, 84th and 93rd best.
The list evaluated nearly 22,000 schools in the country on academic performance and how schools are preparing students for college-level work. The top 2,008 schools were ranked.
Seven of the top 10 high schools in the state are in Montgomery County; 232 schools were evaluated in the state, including charter and magnet schools. Eleven of the 30 high schools evaluated in the county are in the top 1,000 in the nation.