By Keith Meisel, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:35 PM EST, December 20, 2012
Century High School was one of only six schools in Maryland to be named Blue Ribbon schools for 2013.
Schools from Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Washington counties were also awarded Blue Ribbon status for 2012, it was announced Dec. 20.
State officials said the schools selected have shown high performance and/or significant improvement in reading and mathematics achievement as measured by Maryland's annual assessments. Achievements in school leadership, professional development and instructional approaches were also factors.
Century's scores on the Maryland High School Assessments in math were 97.6 percent at proficient or better in math and 096.8 percent at proficient or better in reading.
Of its students who receive free and reduced meals, 92 percent passed all four HSA exams.
The number of students who took Advanced Placement exams rose from 303 to 549 over the last five years, and an average of 66 percent earning a score of 3 or above.
Century, which opened in 2001 and graduated its first senior class in 2004, is designed with a Career Academy structure.
Drew Cockley is the principal.
All of its students participate in one of four academies after their sophomore year, and more than 90 percent of them earn a six-credit academy certificate by graduation.
Century students have had internships at institutions such as the National Cancer Institute, the National Security Agency, Northrop Grumman, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
The school, at 355 Ronsdale Road, was named a University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering "Source School" and a "Top High School" by Newsweek magazine.
Century and the other five Blue Ribbon honorees will receive:
• A monetary award from Maryland Department of Education made possible through corporate donations from EduTrax and Comcast,
• A visit by State Schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery,
• A SMART Board interactive whiteboard from SMART Technologies,
• A pizza party for the entire school from Joe Corbi's Pizza,
• A Blue Ribbon School mural for the inside of each school from Music & Arts, a music instrument retailer headquartered in Frederick,
• Dinner in Annapolis and an honors ceremony on the floor of the State Senate and House of Delegates,
• Books donated by Scholastic.
Oklahoma Road Middle School was the last Carroll County school honored with a Maryland Blue Ribbon award. It was recognized in 2010.
Maryland can select up to six schools for recognition, based on its school-age population.
The six Maryland schools chosen in 2012 are now eligible for national Blue Ribbon Awards, which will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in September.