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WCPS High Schools on U.S. News & World Report List of Top Schools

WCPS High Schools on U.S. News & World Report List of Top Schools

Hagerstown, MD (December 3, 2007)- Six high schools in the Washington County Public School system have earned places on a prestigious list, "America's Best High Schools," as reported by U.S. News & World Report. The list contains 26 schools from Maryland, six from Washington County. In addition, schools were named from seven other counties and Baltimore City. Of almost 19,000 schools reviewed nationally, about nine percent were named to the list. The schools were named in gold, silver, and bronze categories. North Hagerstown, Smithsburg, and Williamsport high schools were named to the silver category and Hancock, Clear Spring, and South Hagerstown high schools were placed in the bronze category.
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, Donna Hanlin, credited the intensive approach toward training staff and implementing rigorous curriculum in recent years, and the hard work of staff and students for the recognition accorded the high schools. "WCPS is striving for excellence in performance by all students and this report shows that our instructional and staff development strategies are working."
The criteria used to compile the list include performance by all students as measured by state proficiency standards. Washington County's results on Maryland's High School Assessments (HSA), along with the number of Advanced Placement courses and tests taken, and the test results, were significant factors in determining the WCPS rankings. The performance of minority students and those on Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARM) also contributed to the inclusion of the Washington County schools on the list.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Elizabeth Morgan said, "Since 2003 we have strategically aligned curriculum, hired and trained the highest quality staff, and challenged all students like never before. These rankings reflect the new levels of achievement we have been striving for in our high schools, as they go from good to great!"

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