Release Date: 4/15/2013
Contact: Charles Herndon, 410-887-6111

Washington Post ranks 13 BCPS high schools among most challenging in nation

Annual Challenge Index gauges academic rigor


TOWSON, MD. – The national High School Challenge project has named 13 Baltimore County public schools – more than half of the county’s 24 traditional and magnet high schools – to its list of the nation’s top schools.

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.

This year’s 13 BCPS schools, which are among 123 Maryland schools on the roster, also made the honor roll last year. They are:

  • Catonsville High School in Catonsville (ranked 50 in Maryland / 869 nationally)
  • Dulaney High School in Timonium (27/487)
  • Eastern Technical High School in Essex (36/716)
  • Franklin High School in Reisterstown (84/1,427)
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson (45/812)
  • Hereford High School in Hereford (26/485)
  • Loch Raven High School in Towson (61/1,008)
  • Owings Mills High School in Owings Mills (111/1,841)
  • Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts (114/1,852)
  • Perry Hall High School in Perry Hall (83/1,420)
  • Pikesville High School in Pikesville (56/942)
  • Towson High School in Towson (21/415)
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville (74/1,262)

“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

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