SILVER SPRING, MD — Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring is one of the best schools in Maryland, according to a new national ranking released by US News and World Report. Several Silver Spring high schools entered the top 100.
The 2022 ranking of the best secondary schools aims to show how well the country’s public schools serve all students, regardless of their level of achievement, by teaching them basic skills and preparing them for university-level work, according to a US News press release.
Families can also use the rankings to see how schools compare at the national, state, and local levels on factors like graduation rates and college readiness.
While thousands of schools were rated, here’s how Silver Spring schools ranked in Maryland, according to US News:
- Montgomery Blair High School, #34
- James Hubert Blake High School, #35
- Wheaton High School, #42
- Springbrook High School, #54
- Northwood High School, #81
The best high school in Maryland is Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda.
This year, the top 15 schools nationally are in 14 different states.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia was ranked #1 in the nation, as well as among magnet schools.
Here are the top 10 schools in this year’s National Championship Best High Schools ranking:
- Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology – Alexandria, Virginia
- Academic Magnet High School – North Charleston, SC
- Signature School – Evansville, Indiana
- School of Advanced Studies – Miami, Florida
- Payton College Preparatory High School – Chicago, Illinois
- The Davidson Academy of Nevada – Reno, Nevada
- Central Magnet School – Murfreesboro, Tennessee
- The School for the Talented and Gifted – Dallas, Texas
- Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology – Lawrenceville, Georgia
- Julia R. Masterman High School – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This year’s schools were ranked on six measures: college readiness, breadth of college curriculum, state assessment performance, state assessment proficiency, reading and math proficiency, performance in reading and math, performance of underserved students, and graduation rates.
The data used in this year’s ranking comes from the 2019-2020 school year. US News has adjusted its calculation of these measures to account for the impact of COVID-19 on schools during the 2019-20 school year.
Since most states closed schools for in-person instruction beginning in March 2020 — typically just before most states would conduct assessments — the U.S. Department of Education has granted waivers allowing all states to waive state testing for the 2019-2020 school year.
To account for this, US News relied on past assessment data from the
three previous ranking years. The researchers also incorporated state science assessment data from the 2018-2019 school year.
Learn more about the Methodology of the best secondary schools.
In addition to national rankings, US News has also published rankings at the state, metro area and school district level. Only metropolitan areas and school districts with three or more high schools were included in these sub-rankings.
Signature School in Indiana tops the list of charter schools, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia is the #1 magnet school. Davidson Academy of Nevada is the top STEM school.