Among Newsweek magazine's 500 "Best American High Schools" list, which was published in the magazine's June 19 issue, Towson is home to three, while Essex, Hereford, Timonium and Pikesville can each claim one.
The magazine contacted more than 1,100 public high schools throughout the nation, according to a story on Newsweek's website.
School administrators provided the magazine with information such as graduation rates and the rate of students who go on to college, as well as average scores on SATs, the rate of Advanced Placement tests taken per student and other information, according to a June 21 statement from Baltimore County Public Schools.
In all, Maryland can claim 18 high schools in the top 500, with more than a third of those in Baltimore County.
Of the county's communities, Towson can claim the most high schools in the top 500 with Loch Raven High School, on Cowpens Avenue; Towson High School, on Cedar Avenue; and George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, on York Road.
The other four county schools ranked in Newsweek's 500 "Best American High Schools" are Eastern Technical High School, on Mace Avenue in Essex; Hereford High School, on York Road in Parkton; Pikesville High School; on Labyrinth Road in Pikesville; and Dulaney High School, on East Padonia Road in Timonium.
In order of rank, Eastern Technical High School beat out other county schools at No. 131, putting the Essex school in the top 20 percent of high schools surveyed by Newsweek.
Following Eastern Tech, the county high school were, in order of rank, Hereford High (219), Carver Center (232), Pikesville High (388), Towson High (413), Loch Raven High (433) and Dulaney High (446).
County schools superintendent Joe Hairston said in the June 21 statement that the study, like others, "validates the work that is going on every day in all of our schools to prepare young people for challenging but promising future."
The statement also noted that a survey by the Washington Post, released in May, primarily compared the number of Advanced Placement exams to the number of graduating seniors.
That survey, called "High School Challenge," evaluated 27,000 high schools around the U.S. and placed 13 Baltimore County high schools in the top 7 percent.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun