LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Jan. 9, 2008) - In a recent Newsweek article, St. Mary's County Public Schools' three high schools ranked in the top 4% of the 27,000 public high schools nationwide. The results for 2007 place Leonardtown High School in the top 1.26 percent of all high schools nationwide, Great Mills High School in the top 2.25 percent, and Chopticon High School in the top 3.67 percent.
In the Newsweek article, writer Jay Mathews, of The Washington Post, ranks public high schools based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school divided by the number of graduating seniors. The result is Mathews' list of the top 5 percent or 1,300 Top High Schools in the country.
Newsweek is owned by the Washington Post Company. Benjamin C. Bradlee, vice president of The Washington Post, maintains a residence in St. Mary's County. Bradlee is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) in St. Mary's City, St. Mary's County.