U.S. News & World Report Ranks Four WCPS High Schools Among Country's Best

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Four WCPS High Schools Among Country's Best

Hagerstown, MD (December 8, 2008)- Washington County is well represented again in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the country's best high schools. Of 24 Maryland schools on the list, four are from Washington County.
North Hagerstown and Smithsburg high schools earned placement in the silver award category, while Hancock and South Hagerstown high schools were listed in the bronze award category.
More than 21,000 public high schools were analyzed, using data from the 2006-2007 school year. State proficiency standards, or High School Assessment scores, were used as the initial measurement, followed by a study of how well each school prepared students for college-level work.
The college preparatory data was comprised of participation and performance results on Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests.
Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for secondary instruction, said the rigor and challenge of curriculum for Washington County Public School (WCPS) students brings out the best in students and staff. "As evidenced by measurements such as the U.S. News & World Report rankings, we continue to confirm that the more we challenge our students, the better they perform, which creates more options and opportunities for them in higher education and in their future careers."