Winters Mill High ranked 36 in state in US News evaluation

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May 19, 2012

Winters Mill High School ranked No. 36 in the state of Maryland and No. 1021 in the nation in the fourth edition of US News and World Report's listing of the best high schools in the nation.

The publication evaluated nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The survey, published May 8 on the US News website, considered a number of factors including Advanced Placement performance, overall student performance and "proficiency on state exams among typically underperforming subgroups."

The report also included a "college readiness" ranking that included students' scores on "exams to earn college credit and (who) demonstrate success at college-level course work."

Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on those standards. Winters Mill's ranking netted a silver medal.

For Winters Mill, US News said 90 percent of students are proficient in English studies; 98 percent in algebra and had a 31.5 rating for college readiness.

US News noted that for the entire school district, the average is 85 percent for English; 90 percent for algebra and a 27.2 rating for college readiness.

Two other Carroll County schools actually rated higher than Winters Mill in the "college readiness" category — Liberty High with a rating of 39.6 and Century High with at 36.8 readiness rating — but other factors blended together put Winters Mill in the state's top 50.

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