7 of Top 10 Public High Schools in Maryland Are in MoCo; All MCPS High Schools In Top Half of Rankings, According to Niche

by MCS Staff

Niche, a rankings and review resource that provides information on K-12 schools, colleges, cities, neighborhoods, and companies across the United States, has just published its new 2023 Best Schools and Districts rankings. Now in its ninth year, the rankings include updated data for 92,743 public schools, 30,112 private schools, and 11,820 school districts nationwide. 7 of the top 10 public high schools in Maryland are located in Montgomery County, with Poolesville High School earning the top spot (All MCPS schools listed can be seen below and there are 282 public high schools in the state).

Per Niche: “While traditional rankings rely almost exclusively on metrics like test scores and academic performance, Niche’s rankings combine user input — ratings from current students, alumni, and parents — with quantitative data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities and more. The 2023 Best Schools rankings include 2,906 newly ranked public schools, 1,018 newly ranked private schools, and 547 newly ranked school districts across the country.

1) Poolesville

2) Walt Whitman

4) Winston Churchill

6) Richard Montgomery

7) Thomas S. Wootton

8) Walter Johnson

9) Bethesda-Chevy Chase

11) Montgomery Blair

16) Northwest

18) Quince Orchard

23) Sherwood

27) Damascus

28) Clarksburg

36) Wheaton

39) Rockville

46) James Hubert Blake

47) Paint Branch 

53) Albert Einstein

58) Col. Zadok K. Magruder

62) Springbrook

87) Gaithersburg

89) Seneca Valley

111) Northwood

122) Watkins Mill

(Listed 134th) John F. Kennedy

The full list can be seen here.


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Tim September 28, 2022 - 12:11 am

This article only works if you leave out Kennedy, which you did.

Proud Cavalier September 28, 2022 - 7:07 am

Isn’t 134 in the top half of 282?

Tim October 2, 2022 - 11:19 am

They added that after my comment. They previously pretended that Kennedy didn’t exist.

MCS Staff October 2, 2022 - 1:39 pm

Hello, Kennedy wasn’t given a numerical ranking, but was in the top half of schools in the list. We added it to show you that it “works” without being rude because you incorrectly stated it did not. Hope that helps!


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