All of Montgomery County’s public high schools fall into the top 9 percent of the most challenging high schools in the nation, according to The Washington Post’s high school challenge 2013 ranking, which was announced last week.
The county’s schools have always ranked highly on the list, which considers students’ access to college-level instruction such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.
Four county high schools were among the 100 most challenging in the country: Poolesville ranked 47th, Richard Montgomery ranked 87th, Bethesda Chevy-Chase ranked 92nd, and Winston Churchill ranked 100th.
Those four schools also made the top ten list for the Washington, D.C., region, with Poolesville moving up one spot from last year, taking third.
Superintendent Joshua P. Starr congratulated the schools Tuesday, stating that the ranking shows how Montgomery schools are “breaking down barriers” in providing access to advanced courses.