Monday, June 14, 2010

RHHS Gets Top HoCo Ranking

Newsweek magazine just published its 2010 list of the 1,623 best high schools in the country and River Hill High School, was the top HoCo high school at 158 but was beat out by eight other Montgomery County schools statewide. The topped ranked Maryland high school was Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville at 33, followed by Poolesville (59), Bethesda-Chevy Chase (63), Winston Churchill (75), Walt Whitman (85), Walter Johnson (95) and Montgomery Blair (139).

Other HoCo high schools that made the cut were Centennial (238), Mount Hebron (726), Glenelg (879), Reservoir (1119), Atholton (1124), and Hammond (1515).

Though 1,623 may seem like a long list, consider that this represents “only 6 percent of all the public schools in the U.S.”

Congrats and a big wag of the wordbones tail to the faculty and staffs.

8 comments:

B. Santos said...

Woohoo for Hammond High!

Sarah said...

Woop woop RM Rockets!

(Sorry, I know it's not in Howard County but that's my alma mater!)

Trevor said...

Go Hammond! I wonder how much of the ranking has to do with how successful alumni are?

Jen said...

I wonder if those school districts have teachers' unions ;-)

DanaSr said...

Also Howard HS (1089)

Smirkman said...

Please look at the methodology used in these rankings. The rankings have NOTHING to do with performance, how well the teachers teach or how a school should be compared/ assessed. It is an easy formula based on AP courses. Although I would prefer my local school to have a high AP participation, there are other, better ways to evaluate schools and many people simply see the list (as you have) and believe that this is a proper school comparison.

FreeMarket said...

Smirkman is correct. The ranking is done by taking the number of students taking AP tests divided by the number of graduating seniors. No consideration is given for how well the students did on the tests. It is just a measure of AP participation.

w said...

Marriots Ridge also made the list (3rd in Ho Co). These rankings seem to matter most to families looking to move here. But it is good to give schools a competitive goal in academics except a better grading system is needed.