Newsweek's rankings of "America's Best High Schools" came out today. It ranks the top 500 schools, based on six components: "graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%)."
I've always been a little dubious of statistics-based rankings like these because, in my experience, since they don't take into account various other factors, like the quality of the leadership, administration, and teachers, the learning environment, the extracurriculars, etc., they rarely seem to jibe with the reality of schools I'm familiar with.
In any case, Baltimore didn't fare great. The only Baltimore City school to make the list was Baltimore City College, in at number 442. Baltimore County had seven schools on the list: Eastern Tech (131), Hereford (219), Carver Center for Arts and Technology (232), Pikesville (388), Towson (413), Loch Raven (433), and Dulaney (446).
I'm curious to hear from students, teachers, parents, administrators, and others affiliated with local schools that either did or did not make the list: What do you think?