Two Charles County Public high schools were among the nation’s top 1,000 schools ranked for Advanced Placement (AP) performance by The Washington Post this week in its annual “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list for 2014, compiled by Post education columnist Jay Mathews.
Westlake High School’s ranking is 973 and La Plata High School is ranked at 979. A total of 2,025 high schools were ranked in the list. North Point High School ranked at 1,323, followed by Henry E. Lackey High School at 1,354, Maurice J. McDonough High School at 1,552 and Thomas Stone High School at 1,804.
The list also ranks schools by state and region. Statewide rankings for the six Charles County high schools are Westlake, 61; La Plata, 62; North Point, 77; Lackey, 78; McDonough, 90; and Stone, 109. A total of 122 schools in Maryland were included in the list and used to rank schools by state.
Mathews began to rank public high schools in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area using the Challenge Index in 1998. The Challenge Index measures how effectively a school prepares students for college. In 2011, the Post expanded the rankings to include high schools nationwide.
Rankings on the list are formulated by dividing the number of AP, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year by the number of seniors who graduated in June. Schools included on the national list achieved a ratio of at least 1.00 for 2013, which meant they had as many tests in 2013 as they did graduates.
The list was published earlier this week on Monday and varies dependent upon additional data reported to the Post. The list including national, regional and local rankings is posted on the Washington Post website at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.