Five MCPS Schools Place in Top 500 on U.S. News ‘Best High Schools’ List
All 25 Montgomery County public high schools earned spots on the 2021 Best High Schools list, published by U.S. News & World Report. Five ranked in the top 500 nationally, and eight were ranked in the top 25 in Maryland. Walt Whitman High School was ranked first in Maryland and 105th nationally.
Other MCPS schools that made the top 25 list in Maryland are:
- Poolesville High School (#119 in National Rankings; #2 in Maryland)
- Thomas S. Wootton High School (#179 in National Rankings; #4 in Maryland)
- Winston Churchill High School (#308 in National Rankings; #5 in Maryland)
- Walter Johnson High School (#455 in National Rankings; #11 in Maryland)
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (#569 in National Rankings; #13 in Maryland)
- Richard Montgomery High School (#755 in National Rankings; #18 in Maryland)
- Northwest High School, (#980 in National Rankings; #25 in Maryland)
U.S. News uses six indicators to determine school quality:
- College readiness, based on 12th grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams
- College curriculum breadth
- Math and reading proficiency, based on state tests
- Math and reading performance, based on state tests and the school’s proportion of underserved students
- Performance of Black, Hispanic and low-income students on state tests
- Graduation rate
The complete rankings are available here.
Two Schools Receive Maryland Green Schools Awards
Sherwood and Thomas S. Wootton high schools have been awarded the 2021 Maryland Green Schools Award.
The program encourages educational opportunities for prekindergarten-12 schools that increase awareness and understanding of environmental relationships that impact public health and the local community. Maryland Green Schools demonstrate a continuous effort to integrate sustainable environmental practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development and community engagement into the culture of their schools. This certification signifies that these schools have made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing environmental impact.
The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) made the announcement, saying that the number of Maryland Green Schools grew to 672 during 2020–2021 academic year, representing 36 percent of all schools in the state and an addition of 11 new schools.
Bradley Hills Elementary School and Benjamin Banneker Middle School received their first certification as a Green School, and Gaithersburg Elementary School received its second recertification. In addition, Westland Middle School received Sustainable Green School Certification*.
MAEOE and the Maryland Green School community will recognize awardees virtually in May and June.
*Sustainable Schools have been in the program for 14 years, creating a dynamic green culture in their schools.
Literacy Council Honoring MCPS Retiree
The Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) has announced the recipients of its 3rd Annual Community Builder Awards. These awards honor educators, students, and community and business leaders who understand the power of education for social equity.
Retired MCPS and LCMC teacher Karen Shilling is being recognized as Educator of the Year. Shilling started the Bare Necessities Foundation in her garage during the pandemic. She began putting together care packages for her English as a Second Language students; the operation grew when her friends and neighbors provided her with a steady stream of donations.
Along with other winners, Shilling will be recognized during a virtual reception on May 6.