U.S. News & World Report once again named the high schools it considers the country’s best and 11 Montgomery County schools have made the cut.
Seven county public high schools received gold medal awards for placing within U.S. News’ top 500 schools for 2014: Walt Whitman in Bethesda ranked 61st, Thomas S. Wootton in Rockville ranked 65th, Poolesville ranked 83rd, Richard Montgomery in Rockville ranked 163rd, Quince Orchard in Gaithersburg ranked 176th, Col. Zadok Magruder in Rockville ranked 319th and Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring ranked 389th.
Whitman, Wootton, Poolesville and Richard Montgomery also hold Maryland’s four top spots among the 42 schools from the state who received either gold or silver medal awards on the best list.
Another four county public schools won silver medal awards and were among the top 2,019 high schools: John F. Kennedy in Silver Spring ranked 583rd, Wheaton ranked 589th, Gaithersburg ranked 591st and Springbrook in Silver Spring ranked 1,047th.
To rank the schools, U.S. News considered student performance in three areas: state assessments; black, Hispanic and low-income students’ math and reading profiency; and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests.


—Lindsay Powers
lpowers@gazette.net

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