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Churchill Ranks Best School In Maryland

A report released by the U.S. News and World Report lists Winston Churchill High School as the best school in Maryland. Seven other Montgomery County schools rounded out the top 10.

in Potomac tops Maryland high schools, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The school placed first out of 232 public, charter and magnet schools in the state of Maryland, also coming in at No. 57 in the national rankings. 

"We at Churchill are thrilled that we have been identified by U.S. News and World Report as the number one school in Maryland,” said Churchill Principal Dr. Joan Benz. “Our number one rank is a tribute to the daily hard work of Churchill students and their dedicated teachers. We are also immensely fortunate to have parents and a community that is highly supportive of rigor in education.”  

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Walt Whitman High School and Thomas S. Wootton High School followed Churchill in state rankings, holding the second and third places respectively. In total Montgomery County schools made up seven of the top 10 high schools in Maryland.

"The Best High Schools list, released Tuesday, ranks schools on academic performance and how schools are preparing students for college-level work," MCPS said in a press release. "The magazine evaluated nearly 22,000 high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia in developing its report."

The rankings were announced on National Teacher Day, giving students and teachers an extra reason to celebrate.

“Our kids work so hard, and we have an incredible staff here,” Scott Selman, Churchill Student Government Association coordinator said of the ranking. “It’s nice to see everyone get recognized for that hard work.”

Benz pointed out that Churchill’s success begins with its contributing schools, and a community that encourages education.

“Since we do not have a magnet nor IB program that draws students from other geographical areas, teachers and administrators at all schools within the Churchill cluster – elementary and middle – contribute to the foundation of success of Churchill High School students,” Benz said.  

This isn’t the first time Churchill has been listed as a top-tier school in the state and the nation. In 2006, Churchill was also named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School and in 2007 went on to be named a National Blue Ribbon School. This year the school was recognized as a leader in AP Exam performance. It also of top schools for math and science in the country. 

How did the publication come to these rankings? Check out the methodology here, and tell us what you think. Is Churchill Number One?

Patricia Begin May 10, 2012 at 01:58 PM
As a grandmother of 2 little boys (almost 4 & 6 years of age), I am thrilled that Churchill High will be there for them when the time comes. As an educator for nearly 40 years in both Michigan and California, I applaud the recognition given to your elementary and middle schools. Congratulations!
Katie Griffith (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Thanks for the comment, Patricia! What do you think makes Churchill and Montgomery County Public Schools so great? What are some differences between how things are done here and where you taught in Michigan and California?
potomac secretagent May 25, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Moved here in 2000 to enroll my kids in Potomac Elementary - which feeds into Churchill. With one daughter a rising senior and the other a freshman - I am so pleased to see the recognition finally come to Churchill teachers and students. The Churchill cluster has so much to offer - including MANDARIN Chinese language. What other districts can compete?
TerpsFan1 October 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Our kids will need to be speaking Mandarin Chinese especially if Mitt Romney wins the election! Our debt is held by China and he wants to borrow a heck of a lot more as well as continuing to outsource our jobs at a greater pace than we already have done!

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