Maryland Has 15 Best STEM High Schools in Newsweek Rankings

    When it comes to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Maryland has 15 of the best 500 high schools in America, according to a new ranking. Newsweek released the list this November, based on data from STEM.org.

    “Children are natural STEM students. They love to explore,” Newsweek Global Editor in Chief Nancy Cooper said in a statement with the rankings. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity and creativity aren’t lost along the way.”

    Among the schools deemed tops for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are “high-profile institutions” in urban areas and “small but strong programs” around the United States, according to Cooper. In all cases, she said the best STEM schools have “skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.”

    Here are all the STEM schools in Maryland that earned a spot on the list:

    Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
    Baltimore
    Public
    STEM Rank: 36

    Poolesville High School
    Poolesville
    Public
    STEM Rank: 121

    Thomas S. Wootton High School
    Rockville
    Public
    STEM Rank: 160

    Eastern Technical High School
    Essex
    Public
    STEM Rank: 240

    Holton-Arms School
    Bethesda
    Public
    STEM Rank: 243

    Centennial High School
    Ellicott City
    Public
    STEM Rank: 268

    Winston Churchill High School
    Potomac
    Public
    STEM Rank: 282

    River Hill High School
    Clarksville
    Public
    STEM Rank: 290

    Towson High School
    Towson
    Public
    STEM Rank: 310

    Gilman School
    Baltimore
    Private
    STEM Rank: 312

    Marriotts Ridge High School
    Marriottsville
    Public
    STEM Rank: 412

    The Bryn Mawr School
    Baltimore
    Private
    STEM Rank: 412

    Walt Whitman High School
    Bethesda
    Public
    STEM Rank: 419

    Urbana High School
    Ijamsville
    Public
    STEM Rank: 445

    McDonogh School
    Owings Mills
    Private
    STEM Rank: 459

    To come up with its rankings, educational research company STEM.org used a proprietary regression analysis. It assessed data from the second quarter of 2015 through the third quarter of 2019 to find out which schools in America best offer students experiences in STEM while preparing them for post-secondary outcomes, such as college or careers. The rankings took into consideration affluence and median household income, among other factors, according to Newsweek.

    Texas had three schools crack the top 10 best STEM schools overall in the country, including the top two institutions.

    School of Science and Engineering, located in Dallas, was ranked as the No. 1 STEM school in the United States.

    The full report on the best STEM schools in America is available on Newsweek.org.

    — By Gus Saltonstall and Elizabeth Janney

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