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.