Seven WCPS High Schools Receive National Recognition from U.S. News

Seven WCPS High Schools Receive National Recognition from U.S. News

Hagerstown, MD (May 11, 2012) - In rankings based on state high school assessments and a formula that measures college readiness, U.S. News has ranked seven Washington County Public high schools as silver medal schools in its 2012 report of the best high schools in the country. Boonsboro, Smithsburg, North Hagerstown, Hancock, Williamsport, Clear Spring, and South Hagerstown high schools were first analyzed for performance on state assessments, factoring in test scores of disadvantaged students in methodology used by U.S. News in partnership with the Washington, DC-based American Institutes for Research.
Schools that advanced past that analysis were eligible to be ranked nationally in terms of college readiness. Student performance in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs was the basis for the national ranking. Schools were placed in award categories of gold, silver or bronze.
Boonsboro High School received the highest ranking in the state of any county school, standing 30th in Maryland and at number 898 nationally. Smithsburg High School was number 34 in the state and number 1,010 in the national rankings. North Hagerstown High School was ranked 35th in the state and number 1,020 across the country. Hancock Middle Senior High is in the 40th position in the state and number 1,263 in the country. Williamsport and Clear Spring high schools were right behind in 41st and 42nd position, respectively, with Williamsport ranked at 1,399 nationally and Clear Spring at 1,459. South Hagerstown High was ranked in 51st position in Maryland and at number 1,810 nationally.