Century High School in Sykesville was one of 23 Maryland high schools — and the only school in Carroll County — to earn a spot on Newsweek magazine's annual ranking of "America's Best High Schools"
The listing, released this week, placed Century High as the No. 20 high school in Maryland, and ranked No. 854 in the country.
The Newsweek survey ranked what it considers the "best" 1,000 public high schools in the nation.
The list was based on six components provided by school administrators — graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), the amount of Advanced Placement or other advanced tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP or other advanced course scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent).
The No. 1 school in Maryland in the ranking was Poolesville High School in Montgomery County, which was the only school in Newsweek's top 100 nationwide, coming in at No. 81.
A complete listing of America's Best High Schools 2012 is available at