Poolesville Is the Best Public High School in Maryland, According to Data Site

Montgomery County Public Schools ranked second best district in state

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Four Montgomery County Public Schools were named among the top five public high schools in the state of Maryland, according to the data site, Niche. Clockwise, the schools are: Poolesville High (No. 1), Potomac’s Winston Churchill (No. 2), Bethesda’s Walt Whitman (No. 3), and Rockville’s Thomas S. Wootton (No. 4).

Via Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery County high schools dominate in new rankings of the best public high schools in the state―and Poolesville High is at the top of the heap.

The school was named as the No. 1 Best High School in the state, according to Niche, a data website that creates national rankings of schools, colleges and neighborhoods.

Poolesville, with 1,205 students, received an “A+” grade from the site, along with three other county schools listed among the top five in the state: Potomac’s Winston Churchill (No. 2), Bethesda’s Walt Whitman (No. 3), and Rockville’s Thomas S. Wootton (No. 4).

The county had five other schools in the Top 20:

  • 7: Richard Montgomery in Rockville;
  • 8: Walter Johnson in Bethesda;
  • 10: Bethesda-Chevy Chase in Bethesda;
  • 11: Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring; and
  • 16: Quince Orchard in Gaithersburg.

According to Niche.com, the rankings were based on such factors as grades, state test results and SAT/ACT scores, as well as survey responses on academics, culture and diversity, and health and safety.

Nationwide, Poolesville High School is ranked 30th in the country, according to Niche. Churchill, Whitman and Wootton also ranked in the top 100 in the U.S.

In rankings of school districts, Montgomery County was ranked the second-best district in the state, behind Howard County Public Schools.

Montgomery County was ranked 585 of 10,758 districts across the country, according to Niche.

Montgomery County is home to the most diverse school district in the state, receiving an “A+” diversity score from the site, and falling just outside the Top 100 diverse districts in the country at No. 103.

MCPS was also rated as the best place to teach in the state, with an average teacher salary of $78,471, according to the site.

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