Five county schools make top high school list
Rankings based on numbers of graduating seniors and advanced tests taken
Five Prince George's high schools were named to the America's Top Public High Schools list by Newsweek magazine for 2009.
The list, released Monday, named the 1,500 top schools nationwide. It included High Point High School in Beltsville, Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, Oxon Hill High School and Bowie High School.
Schools were named to the list based on the number of Advanced Placement and other advanced tests taken by students divided by the total number of graduating seniors, called the "Challenge Index." School-by-school details were not available.
Eleanor Roosevelt ranked the highest out of county schools at 372nd on the nationwide list. Oxon Hill ranked 918th, High Point ranked 961st, and Bowie ranked 1,370th. Charles Herbert Flowers ranked 1,445th.
Statewide, 83 public high schools were named to the list.
Jane Spence, principal of Bowie High School, said she was "elated" to see the school make the list, as they have focused increasingly on academic rigor in recent years.
"We've been trying to make sure that students challenge themselves, that teachers are forcing our students to critically analyze information versus just recall information," Spence said. "And apparently those are the dividends that you're seeing manifested in our position on the list, so we're excited."
On last year's list only two county high schools made the list: Eleanor Roosevelt ranked 519th and Oxon Hill ranked 1,002nd.