Owings Mills, Franklin HS Ranked Among Top Schools on List
Owings Mills ranked in Maryland and the U.S., while Franklin ranked nationally.
Equally as notable was its average SAT score, listed at 1,446. In a recent Patch report about the high school's dismal sophomore assessment rankings, senior Brandon Hoffman lauded the Advanced Placement program at the school.
"Because I'm in upper level classes, I think Owings Mills High does a fantastic job in preparing me for what I want to do after these four years," he said.
Comparably, Franklin High in Reisterstown made the list, although in what appears to be a typographic error, its average SAT score is listed at 15. The school's SAT mean score for 2010 was 1,545, according to its guidance department profile, said FHS staff Cheryl Mihalic.
Baltimore County had more schools included than ever, with more than half of its 24 traditional and magnet high schools making the list, according to a county release. Thirteen schools were selected.
The AP participation rate has increased from 2 percent to 16 percent since the early 1990s in Baltimore County, according to the release, and the BCPS pass rate is at 66 percent, above the global AP pass rate of 59 percent.
“By examining the advanced placement tests available and undertaken by students, the High School Challenge reflects the increasing rigor and excellence of our high schools and our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston. “This recognition reinforces the fact that our students are among the best prepared in the nation for the demands of a rapidly changing workplace and world.”
Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews came up with the Challenge Index 14 years ago to rank high schools on their ability to prepare students for college.
The ranking formula divides the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors, according to the press release.