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All Howard County High Schools Ranked Among Most Challenging in State and Nation by Washington Post

Posted: May 17th, 2017

All 12 Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) high schools are ranked among the most challenging in Maryland and the nation on the Washington Post’s 2017 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Two HCPSS high schools are in the top 12 of the Maryland rankings.

The list ranks the nation’s 2,323 schools considered the nation’s most challenging, which represents approximately 12 percent of all U.S. high schools. Schools must participate in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or Cambridge testing programs to qualify for inclusion in the list. The rankings are based on the ratio of the total number of AP, IB, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at the school each year, divided by the number of graduates.

The HCPSS high schools included on the list and their respective rankings among the 104 top Maryland schools are:

The full list can be found at