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Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Top Ten in Maryland in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Ranking of Best High Schools

Posted April 27, 2017

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 27, 2017) – Barbara Ingram School for the Arts (BISFA) jumped into the top ten of Maryland schools in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report list of the nation’s best high schools. BISFA was ranked 9th in Maryland and 349 nationally, compared to 15th and 406 last year. The ranking earns the school Gold Medal status, one of only 12 schools in the state to be so honored.

Boonsboro High School and North Hagerstown High School achieved Silver Medal status. Boonsboro is ranked 39 in the state and 1,548 nationally, and North High is 43 in Maryland and 1,764 nationally.

The rankings are compiled using a formula that factors in student/teacher ratio, college readiness and proficiency in algebra and English. Data was collected from more than 22,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. U.S. News & World Report partnered with the American Institutes for Research to analyze student performance on state-mandated assessments, including data from demographic sub-groups. The degree of college readiness was measured by performance on Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate exams.

Barbara Ingram’s college readiness ranking was above the state average, with 82 percent of BISFA students taking AP exams and 67 percent passing.