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Whitman, Poolesville, Wootton Rank in Top 200 High Schools Nationally

Montgomery County High Schools Score High in U.S. News 2024 Rankings

photo of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda

Whitman High School and Poolesville are two of the three Maryland High Schools in the top 200 rankings for 2024.

The U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual Best High School rankings. Walt Whitman in Bethesda ranked No. 139, Poolesville at No. 172, and Wootton at No. 196, making them three of the four high schools in Maryland to rank in the top 200 nationally. Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County topped Maryland schools, breaking into the top 200 nationally at No. 123.

U.S. News reviews about 25,000 public high schools in the country and ranks nearly 17,660 schools based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. The six factors used to compile a score for each school include college readiness; breadth of college curriculum; state assessment proficiency; state assessment performance in math, reading, and science; underserved student performance; and graduation rate.

Each school’s score was calculated by summing the weighted scores across the six indicators of school quality and then computing a single overall score ranging from zero to 100, which reflects a school’s performance across these metrics. These overall scores indicate how well each school performed relative to others on a national percentile basis. For instance, a school with a score of 60 performed at the 60th percentile among all schools in the rankings.

All 25 county high schools earned spots on the Best High Schools list.

Maryland’s Top 10 Public Schools

Six Montgomery County High Schools rank among the top 10 public schools in Maryland according to the .

Top Rankings:

  • Walt Whitman (Bethesda): 2nd in Maryland, 139th nationally.
  • Poolesville: 3rd in Maryland, 172nd nationally.
  • Wootton (Rockville): 4th in Maryland, 196th nationally.
  • Churchill (Potomac): 5th in Maryland, 295th nationally.
  • Richard Montgomery (Rockville): 6th in Maryland, 364th nationally.
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 10th in Maryland, 590th nationally.

Other Top Rankings:

  • Walter Johnson (Bethesda): 15th in Maryland, 855th nationally.
  • Northwest (Germantown): 20th in Maryland, 1,059th nationally.

For the full national high school rankings, , and for the full Maryland high school rankings, .