Top High Schools in the Baltimore, MD Metro (page 3)

Top High Schools in the Baltimore, MD Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011


River Hill High School

Howard County Public Schools School District 


Students at River Hill get the benefits of a comprehensive high school while also getting a jump start on their future by participating in specialized career academies. At the beginning of their sophomore year, students can enroll in one of 10 academies: Architecture and Engineering, Biotechnology and Health Sciences, Business and Entrepreneurship, Culinary Arts and Hotel Management, Education, Energy, Power and Transportation, Human Resources, Multimedia Arts, and Information Technology. Students in the academies take courses that prepare them for an eventual career in this area and also gain hands on experiences through internships or research projects.


River Hill boasts a very involved parent community -- the PSTA membership is almost as large as the total student body! Additionally, the school has been recognized for its commitment to character education and green living.


Students are accustomed to success and hold many awards, from the Future Business Leaders in America often being top in the state to the school’s music program being recognized as a Grammy Signature School three times. Athletics are also familiar with winning, and hold 32 state championships, including recent titles in Girls and Boys Cross Country, Basketball, Girls Soccer, Football, and Boys Soccer.


Severna Park High School

Anne Arundel County Public Schools School District


Severna Park High School provides a comprehensive education for students by providing a strong academic foundation. A unique feature of Severna Park High is that each student has an advisory period on Friday, where various topics are discussed, which provides every student with an opportunity to have an adult mentor.


The school is competitive in many sports and has won recent state championships in swimming, field hockey, and lacrosse. The band and orchestra have a top reputation and are popular on campus. To help fund the trips to performances and competition, the musical groups have support from their own booster clubs. The drama program is excellent on campus and performs numerous productions every year, including recent shows of Phantom of the Opera and Romeo and Juliet. For the past 18 years, the school has put on the Rock-n-Roll Revival, which is a popular event for both the school and local community.


The Severna Park High School website states, “The mission of Severna Park High School, the educational and cultural focal point of the community, is to empower all students to think critically, communicate and solve problems effectively and become lifelong learners.”



Towson High Law & Public Policy

Baltimore County Public Schools School District  


When students are asked what they like most about Towson High Law & Public Policy, they often say that they appreciate their teachers and value what they learn from them. The school is a magnet program that includes 1407 students. Students apply to attend the magnet and are accepted based on their performance in middle school; The application process includes an essay and relevant coursework.


The curriculum at the school focuses on law and public policy, which includes teaching skills necessary for success in the legal profession, such as public speaking and writing. Seniors have the option of participating in an internship program, which provides the opportunity to network with potential future employers and mentors. The local legal community has provided opportunities for the students in the internship program to take on concrete responsibility and complete exciting projects.


Students in the magnet program can participate in a number of programs offered at Towson High. The school offers competitive athletic teams, a variety of clubs, and performing arts programs.


“Our students are very special and so is our faculty. Our teachers show up early and leave late. For many it is not a job, but their love. They enjoy working with teenagers and it shows,” said Dr. Jan Barranger, Principal.



Western School of Technology & Environmental Science

Baltimore County Public Schools School District


Western School of Technology & Environmental Science focuses on hands-on learning opportunities, and every day the students are able to gain practice working with both academic and real-world concepts.


Students at the magnet school select a concentration from a career and technology program, which prepares them to go to either four-year college, community college, technical school or directly into the work force. Programs offered include automotive Service Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Graphic/Print Technology, Health Science Technology, Business, Information Technology, Mechanical and Construction/Plumbing. Students headed to a four-year university who want to focus on science can also participate in the Environmental Science program.


To keep a balanced atmosphere on campus, students can play on a variety of athletic teams at both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Level. Musically-inclined students can sing in the chorus or play an instrument in the band. There is a variety of active clubs on campus, including the Robotics Club, It’s Academic Team, Green Club, Envirothon Team.


“Our aim is to ensure success in pursuing a career goal and/or higher education through hands-on experience in student-selected areas of concentration,” said Richard Jester, Princ



Please note that only schools in the following Maryland counties were considered for this article: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne's.

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