Top High Schools in the Baltimore, MD Metro

Top High Schools in the Baltimore, MD Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Below are profiles featuring the top 10 high schools in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 TestRating of 10 out of 10.  The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.



Atholton High School

Howard County Public Schools School District


Students at Atholton High School have the opportunity to take academically challenging courses while participating in a wide variety of after-school activities. Parents are very involved on campus through many organizations, such as the drama booster club and the active PTA. The school offers a wide variety of AP courses and many students participate in the program. Students can participate in the school's exciting culinary science program to learn about the food service industry and gain real-world experience in the profession.


The drama program is a point of pride on campus and many students participate in the classes and productions. Each year students design costumes, create sets, work the lighting, and act in two productions for the school and community. Sports teams are important to school culture and have won many state championships over the years in a variety of sports. The JROTC has an excellent reputation on campus and within the community, and receiving high praise from parents and students alike.


The mission statement details that Atholton High School will, “Build life-long learners, Challenge students with rigors and relevant instruction, nurture students in a safe environment and value respect, excellence, accountability, consideration, and honesty.”



Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Baltimore City Public Schools School District


Baltimore Polytechnic Institute has been providing a STEM-based education long before STEM because a popular educational concept. The school, which opened in 1883, is a magnet school with admission open to all Baltimore City residents who meet specific test scores and academic criteria. Each student who comes to the school is on a college preparatory track and knows their ultimate destination is college when they first set foot on campus. In addition to the focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, the school provides a balanced education through top caliber other courses such as English, Social Studies, and PE.


The school provides real-world experience to seniors through practicums in both science and engineering. Engineering students work in groups to design a special piece of appliance for a special needs child, and the science projects are completed individually with guidance from mentors at local colleges.


The school boasts the largest number of athletic teams in the area and offers all sports played on a varsity level. The school also offers club sports, such rugby. The marching band has top reputation and holds many awards. Students can also become a member of many different clubs, such as the Environmental Club, Robotics, and S.H.O.P (Students Helping Other People).


“We have a long tradition of excellence and our motto is “Poly Pride Deep Inside,” said Matthew Woolson, Interim Director.




Centennial High School

Howard County Public Schools School District


Centennial High is known around the country by college admissions officers for producing top notch students. A large percentage of students sign up for AP and honors courses and the school boosts a high pass rate on the AP exams.


The school is also the only school in the country to offer a complete Humanities program for advanced students that focuses on a holistic approach to English and Social Studies. For example, during a middle age study, the humanities students will learn about the topic through multiple subject areas to give them an overall picture of the relevance of the information.


According to the administration, the school has the largest number of special interest clubs of any school in the country, and students who do not find a club that suits them can make a proposal for a new club. Many of the clubs are also related to learning about diversity and cultural issues. Some of these clubs include the Black Student Achiever program, Alpha Achievers for African American, and Latin Advancement Committee.


Athletic teams are also popular, especially volleyball and basketball. Performing arts are a priority at the school; the program boasts a nationally known dance instructor, and the drama program puts on several productions each year. Many musical groups, including the band, choir, and symphonic bands, have received state rankings and honors.


“We really endorse our many groups and things that we offer the students on campus,” said Dr. Perkins, Principal.


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