The 2011 America's Best High Schools list ranks schools based on their efforts to provide all students access to rigorous classes, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Students who succeed in rigorous classes, like AP, are more than 3 times as likely to get a bachelor’s degree than those who do not, according to college completion data. Among MCPS students in the classes of 2001 through 2004, only 25% of those who did not take an AP exam earned a bachelor’s degree. But among those students who took at least 1 AP exam, 60% earned a degree, and among those who scored 3 or higher on at least 1 exam, 76% earned a bachelor’s degree.
Poolesville High School
Poolesville High School is home to the Global Ecology Studies Program, the Math Science / Computer Science Magnet Program, and the Humanities Program. The SAT mean scores of PHS has drastically increased due to the new magnet programs.