By Blair Ames, email@example.com
12:56 PM EDT, May 7, 2013
Century, Liberty, and South Carroll high schools have been named to Newsweek's List of America's Best High Schools for 2013.
The three schools were among 68 Maryland high schools to earn a spot on the list of the 2,000 best in the nation that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates.
Century was the only Carroll high school named to the list last year.
Sherri-Le Bream, Carroll County Public Schools Director of High Schools, called the distinction "wonderful news" and a validation of what county high schools have been working toward in terms of Advanced Placement (AP) testing.
Newsweek's list is based on six components: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores, and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course.
"It's not just a numbers thing, it's a performance evaluation as well," Bream said of Newsweek's list.
Bream said county schools are making AP courses a priority if a student plans on going to college and this list reflects that emphasis.
"Maybe more schools will be recognized next year," she said.
A complete listing of America's Best High Schools for 2013 is available at http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/features/2013/americas-best-high-schools.html.