Top 10 Best Maryland Public Schools (2024)

Maryland is the #25 largest school system in the United States, serving 882,159 students across the 1,419 public schools for the 2024 school year (there are 835 private schools, serving 140,444 students). 86% of all K-12 students in Maryland are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in Maryland is 19%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 36%.
The top ranked public schools in Maryland are River Hill High School, Thomas S. Wootton High School and Glenelg High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 66% (majority Black) and the student:teacher ratio is 14:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(MD) School Average
Asian
7%
Hispanic
21%
Black
33%
White
34%
Two or more races
5%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in MD.

Top Ranked Public Schools in Maryland (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #1 - 21. - 2.
River Hill High School
Math: 88% | Reading: 92%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 88% (Top 1%)
Reading: 92% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
12101 Clarksville Pike
Clarksville, MD 21029
(410) 313-7120
Rank: #1 - 21. - 2.
Thomas S. Wootton High School
Math: 88% | Reading: 92%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 88% (Top 1%)
Reading: 92% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
2100 Wootton Pkwy
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 740-1500
Rank: #33.
Glenelg High School
Math: 87% | Reading: 93%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 87% (Top 1%)
Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
14025 Burnt Woods Rd
Glenelg, MD 21737
(410) 313-5528
Rank: #44.
Walt Whitman High School
Math: 91% | Reading: 91%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 91% (Top 1%)
Reading: 91% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
7100 Whittier Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817
(240) 740-4800
Rank: #5 - 65. - 6.
Centennial High School
Math: 88% | Reading: 90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 88% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
4300 Centennial Ln
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 313-2856
Rank: #5 - 65. - 6.
Severna Park High School
Math: 85% | Reading: 93%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85% (Top 1%)
Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
60 Robinson Rd
Severna Park, MD 21146
(410) 544-0900
Rank: #77.
Academy Of Health Sciences At Pgcc
Magnet School
Math: 80-84% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 80-84% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
301 Largo Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
(301) 546-7247
Rank: #88.
Urbana High School
Math: 85% | Reading: 90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
3471 Campus Dr
Ijamsville, MD 21754
(240) 236-7600
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Harford Technical High School
Vocational School
Magnet School
Math: 81% | Reading: 92%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 81% (Top 5%)
Reading: 92% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
200 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015
(410) 638-3804
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Poolesville High School
Magnet School
Math: 86% | Reading: 89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 86% (Top 1%)
Reading: 89% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
17501 W Willard Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837
(240) 740-2400

Best Maryland Public Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
23
8,254
14%
171
107,334
68%
167
84,139
90%
25
15,407
33%
10
5,551
42%
44
26,287
24%
29
14,780
27%
39
26,875
80%
72
46,733
47%
55
37,920
40%
74
53,690
68%
5
1,786
45%
210
158,671
75%
8
4,533
47%
25
14,664
62%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Maryland?
The top ranked public schools in Maryland include River Hill High School, Thomas S. Wootton High School and Glenelg High School.
How many public schools are located in Maryland?
1,419 public schools are located in Maryland.
What percentage of students in Maryland go to public school?
86% of all K-12 students in Maryland are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Maryland?
Minority enrollment in Maryland is 66% (majority Black)

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