11 Howard high schools make Newsweek's best list

Eleven Howard County high schools have made Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools.

The list of 2,000 schools across the country was released Tuesday, May 7 and, according to the magazine, represent the schools that are "most effective in turning out college-ready graduates."

River Hill High School in Clarksville was the top Howard school ranked, coming in at 232.

Marriotts Ridge, Centennial, Atholton, Glenelg, Reservoir, Mt. Hebron, Howard, Oakland Mills, Wilde Lake and Long Reach also made the list.

The only Howard County high school not to make the list was Hammond.

According to Newsweek, the list is compiled based on a school's graduation; college acceptance rate; Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken per student; the average student score on those tests; percent of student enrolled in at least one of those courses; and average SAT and ACT scores.

"It is reaffirming for our schools when they receive national attention for the teaching and learning that goes on in our buildings every day," said schools spokeswoman Rebecca Amani-Dove. "Howard County schools rank among the best in the nation due to our hard-working students and dedicated staff and community."

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