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Old 04-05-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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Cterp can you tell me where you are getting the data that Northwest High is one of the top schools in the country? Not that I doubt you just curious where you are getting the info...
Sure, America's Top Public High Schools | Newsweek Best High Schools | Newsweek.com. Type "Maryland" in search. Northwest is 482 on the list of 1,300 (out of 100,000 in the country). Other Montgomery County schools are better, such as the six top-100 schools in Rockville/Bethesda/Potomac, but those areas are extremely expensive, even by Montgomery County standards. Seneca Valley, Germantown's other HS is placed 945, also outstanding, if overshadowed by it's county peers.
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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Silver Spring is not a small town and I don't really think Rockville would qualify either...
The poster was looking for towns smaller than 100K people, I was just going by that.
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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Cterp can you tell me where you are getting the data that Northwest High is one of the top schools in the country? Not that I doubt you just curious where you are getting the info...

Here's a separate list I had saved @ one time, which shows two Rockville high schools rated #37 and #61 in the top 100 in the US [using someone's "proprietary" methodology].


The Top High Schools

A Web-exclusive extended list of the nationís top high schools

Public schools are ranked according to a ratio called the Challenge Index devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2002 divided by the number of graduating seniors. Schools that chose more than half of their students by grades or test scores were not considered because the index is designed to identify schools that challenge average students and does not work well with schools that have few or no average students. The schools ranked below have the strongest AP or IB programs in the country. Each of them is in the top four percent of all American high schools measured this way. If you know of a public school that belongs on the list, with at least as many AP or IB tests as graduates in 2002, contact Jay Mathews at
mathewsj@washpost.com.

* gives International Baccalaureate tests

Using Ctrl-F on your keyboard allows you to search the list

Rank / School Name / City / State / Score

1 . International Academy* | Bloomfield Hills | Mich. | 6.323
2 . Stanton College Prep* | Jacksonville | Fla. | 5.639
3 . Paxon* | Jacksonville | Fla. | 4.668
4 . Alabama School of Fine Arts | Birmingham | Ala. | 4.567
5 . Jericho | Jericho | N.Y. | 4.519
6 . George Mason* | Falls Church | Va. | 4.365
7 . Myers Park* | Charlotte | N.C. | 4.086
8 . Science Academy of South Texas | Mercedes | Texas | 4.024
9 . H-B Woodlawn | Arlington | Va. | 3.961
10 . Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies | Los Angeles | Calif. | 3.893
11 . Manhasset | Manhasset | N.Y. | 3.840
12 . Wyoming | Cincinnati | Ohio | 3.782
13 . Bellevue | Bellevue | Wash. | 3.755
14 . Highland Park | Dallas | Texas | 3.693
15 . Edgemont | Scarsdale | N.Y | 3.673
16 . International | Bellevue | Wash. | 3.643
17 . Great Neck South | Great Neck | N.Y. | 3.640
18 . Newport Bellevue | Bellevue | Wash. | 3.625
19 . Cold Spring Harbor | Cold Spring Harbor | N.Y. | 3.573
20 . Mills University Studies | Little Rock | Ark. | 3.564
21 . Lincoln Park Academy* | Fort Pierce | Fla. | 3.521
22 . W.T. Woodson* | Fairfax | Va. | 3.448
23 . Yorktown | Arlington | Va. | 3.422
24 . St. Petersburg* | St. Petersburg | Fla. | 3.403
25 . Brighton | Rochester | N.Y. | 3.357
26 . Great Neck North | Great Neck | N.Y. | 3.298
27 . Greeley | Chappaqua | N.Y. | 3.240
28 . Washington-Lee* | Arlington | Va. | 3.192
29 . Wheatley | Old Westbury | N.Y. | 3.146
30 . Langley | McLean | Va. | 3.144
31 . Indian Hill | Cincinnati | Ohio | 3.100
32 . Fort Myers* | Fort Myers | Fla. | 3.075
33 . Pittsford Mendon | Pittsford | N.Y. | 3.053
34 . Vandermeulen | Port Jefferson | N.Y | 3.040
35 . Weston | Weston | Mass. | 3.009
36 . Westlake | Austin | Texas | 3.004
37 . Richard Montgomery* | Rockville | Md. | 2.969
38 . University Laboratory | Urbana | Ill. | 2.932
39 . Miami Palmetto | Miami | Fla. | 2.914
40 . Pittsford Sutherland | Pittsford | N.Y. | 2.881
41 . Lyndon B. Johnson | Austin | Texas | 2.879
42 . Enloe* | Raleigh | N.C. | 2.879
43 . Rye | Rye | N.Y. | 2.878
44 . Eastside* | Gainesville | Fla. | 2.868
45 . Walter Johnson | Bethesda | Md. | 2.848
46 . Westfield | Chantilly | Va. | 2.848
47 . La Jolla Calif. | La Jolla | Calif. | 2.802
48 . Providence | Charlotte | N.C. | 2.800
49 . Banneker | Washington | D.C. | 2.796
50 . Gunn | Palo Alto | Calif. | 2.791
51 . Hewlett | Hewlett | N.Y. | 2.780
52 . East Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill | N.C. | 2.774
53 . University | Irvine | Calif. | 2.772
54 . Atlantic Community* | Delray Beach | Fla. | 2.745
55 . Robinson* | Fairfax | Va. | 2.736
56 . Wilson Magnet* | Rochester | N.Y. | 2.735
57 . Westwood* | Austin | Texas | 2.709
58 . Bernards | Bernardsville | N.J. | 2.707
59 . Miller Place | Miller Place | N.Y. | 2.700
60 . Syosset | Syosset | N.Y. | 2.699
61 . Wootton | Rockville | Md. | 2.699
62 . South Side* | Rockville Centre | N.Y. | 2.690
63 . Millburn | Millburn | N.J. | 2.673
64 . Kennedy | Bellmore | N.Y. | 2.668
65 . Harding University* | Charlotte | N.C. | 2.665
66 . Stevenson | Lincolnshire | Ill. | 2.658
67 . Foshay Learning Center | Los Angeles | Calif. | 2.651
68 . Chagrin Falls | Chagrin Falls | Ohio | 2.625
69 . Chantilly | Chantilly | Va. | 2.620
70 . East Hampton | East Hampton | N.Y. | 2.598
71 . North Shore | Glen Head | N.Y. | 2.591
72 . Buchholz | Gainesville | Fla. | 2.573
73 . Scarsdale | Scarsdale | N.Y. | 2.565
74 . Churchill | Potomac | Md. | 2.557
75 . Torrey Pines | San Diego | Calif. | 2.541
76 . Edina | Edina | Minn. | 2.528
77 . Roslyn | Roslyn Heights | N.Y. | 2.505
78 . Duxbury | Duxbury | Mass. | 2.502
79 . Mamaroneck | Mamaroneck | N.Y. | 2.500
80 . Bellaire* | Bellaire | Texas | 2.493
81 . Stonewall Jackson* | Manassas | Va. | 2.489
82 . Monta Vista | Cupertino | Calif. | 2.470
83 . Whitman | Bethesda | Md. | 2.450
84 . Ardsley | Ardsley | N.Y. | 2.448
85 . Lynbrook | San Jose | Calif. | 2.442
86 . Fairfax | Fairfax | Va. | 2.436
87 . Spruce Creek* | Port Orange | Fla. | 2.436
88 . Palos Verdes Peninsula | Rolling Hills Estates | Calif. | 2.435
89 . East Mecklenburg* | Charlotte | N.C. | 2.434
90 . Irondequoit | Rochester | N.Y. | 2.432
91 . Bronxville | Bronxville | N.Y. | 2.429
92 . Calhoun | Merrick | N.Y. | 2.419
93 . Troy* | Fullerton | Calif. | 2.407
94 . Sunny Hills* | Fullerton | Calif. | 2.384
95 . Oak Park | Oak Park | Calif. | 2.382
96 . Lewiston-Porter | Youngstown | N.Y. | 2.367
97 . North Hollywood | Los Angeles | Calif. | 2.349
98 . Garden City | Garden City | N.Y. | 2.346
99 . Sumner Academy* | Kansas City | Kans. | 2.340
100 . Croton-Harmon | Croton-on-Hudson | N.Y. | 2.338
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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I just don't know how accurate some of these school rankings are... I attended two high schools in the list, one in Montgomery County (Sherwood) and one in Calvert County (Patuxent)... Sherwood had a ton more students and a lot of smart kids that went there. But there was also a lot of crime and drugs in the school... The school had cameras and full-time police... There were always fights, kids with weapons and drugs...

In Calvert County there is one cop that splits his time between every school in the county. Fights and violence in general were a rarity and the curriculum was extremely competitive... I think the lower score on the rankings are more indicative of the demographics of the area and not the quality of the school itself...

I was just curious what others thought of the rankings...
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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I just don't know how accurate some of these school rankings are... I attended two high schools in the list, one in Montgomery County (Sherwood) and one in Calvert County (Patuxent)... Sherwood had a ton more students and a lot of smart kids that went there. But there was also a lot of crime and drugs in the school... The school had cameras and full-time police... There were always fights, kids with weapons and drugs...

In Calvert County there is one cop that splits his time between every school in the county. Fights and violence in general were a rarity and the curriculum was extremely competitive... I think the lower score on the rankings are more indicative of the demographics of the area and not the quality of the school itself...

I was just curious what others thought of the rankings...
This can happen sometimes with rankings. Schools in the more expensive areas of any county generally get more money and more funding so they are expected to be better. And the media pretty much controls most people's opinion of an area, so people like to label whole cities, counties, and even states sometimes as good or bad rather than breaking it down into direct neighborhoods themselves. It's sad but it's easier, not everybody wants to go to deep into investigation. A city like bethesda, potomac, rockville, clarksville, people would probably like to believe that all the schools are not just good but one of the best in the country, people have to believe they are getting there money worth to live in a certain zip code and put out that kind of money. I'm not saying most of the schools aren't very good, but it does result in people overlooking some of the very good schools is places like PG county, Calvert county, and etc.
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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And going back to the original post you might want to look at Columbia in howard county, it is broken down into 10 'villages' that actually have at the center something called a town center, i would say that that definately might fit your description lol. Except that it is 100,000 people but it still sound like what you are looking for. If interested i could tell you about the 5 best villages and 5 suspec villages, and where u might wanna look in the villages to rent or buy. Every 'village' has it's own identity so it's almost like you could pretend the village you live in is a small town even though the city is 100,000 people.

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Old 04-07-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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Here's a separate list I had saved @ one time, which shows two Rockville high schools rated #37 and #61 in the top 100 in the US [using someone's "proprietary" methodology].


The Top High Schools

A Web-exclusive extended list of the nationís top high schools

Public schools are ranked according to a ratio called the Challenge Index devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2002 divided by the number of graduating seniors. Schools that chose more than half of their students by grades or test scores were not considered because the index is designed to identify schools that challenge average students and does not work well with schools that have few or no average students. The schools ranked below have the strongest AP or IB programs in the country. Each of them is in the top four percent of all American high schools measured this way. If you know of a public school that belongs on the list, with at least as many AP or IB tests as graduates in 2002, contact Jay Mathews at
mathewsj@washpost.com.

* gives International Baccalaureate tests
Yeah, he uses the first 100 of the top 1300 schools from the Newsweek ranking I posted. This is actually the first list that came to my mind when looking for the school rankings.
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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Default Greenbelt?

I see most people are listing Montgomery County but you may want to check out the town of Old Greenbelt (note the Old part) in PG County. I grew up there and although the town outside of the old part has changed the original Greenbelt remains. It was built as a public works project back in the 40's and is set up to be a walkable town with sidewalks everywhere- you can walk- without crossing any roads- to the library, grocery store, post office, a few small restuarants/sandwhich shops/coffee shops, parks and playgrounds everywhere (including Greenbelt Lake for ice skating in Winter), they also have festivals and such. It has a total small town vibe- you will know ,by face, tons of people! They have their own police department so crime- particular in the old part is pretty much nonexistent. I am not sure about all the schools now but the high school- Eleanor Roosevelt- is a technical magnet scholl and offered me a great education. Its just down the road from the University of Maryland so lots of cultural stuff too. Its got a very liberal vibe so not sure if that would be fit for your family. I believe they have a website....Its also very affordable- the old town homes especially. There is a metro/subway stop at Greenbelt- not sure about Marc but I am sure it would take you near one. I grew up in Maryland and have lived all over it and have never found such a small town feel anywhere!

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Old 04-11-2009, 02:49 AM
 
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Laurel is a small city and has a convenient train station in the city limits. The International Airport is only 20 minutes away. Frederick is very far from the airport. There is a main st. with small shops and there are your big stores like Macy's and Target. Even though Laurel isn't a large city it has everything you need in it so you never have to leave Laurel to get what you need.
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