|Release Date: 4/15/2013|
The Challenge list, compiled and published by The Washington Post since 1998, ranks the nation’s most challenging high schools for academic rigor. From more than 22,000 high schools across the nation, the list spotlights more than 1,900 high schools, representing the top 9 percent of high schools based on total student participation in highly rigorous coursework and exams.
“Team BCPS can be proud that so many of our great high schools are recognized year after year for their academic rigor and excellence," said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “But as I have said before, we can do better. We must have every school capable of providing students not just with a diploma but with the 21st-century skills and knowledge they will need to become successful as citizens of the world. We have some great high schools, but we cannot be satisfied with just having some."
The Challenge measures a school’s academic rigor by comparing the number of graduates per year with the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge tests taken by students at the school.
The complete High School Challenge may be found at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge/.