Dear Mom of 2,
From the Maryland State Department of Education's website (google the Department's site for links to Education Week and the College Board)
"For the third straight year, Maryland's public education system received two Number One national rankings in 2011â€”from Education Week and from the College Board for AP performance. This is truly exciting for Maryland's public education system and worthy of celebrating. We should all be truly proud of these consistent and remarkable accomplishments.
--Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools"
A number of individual high schools in Frederick County have achieved Blue Ribbon status from the Department of Education. You can check each individual school's achievement metrics at its website. Try the Schools tab at fcps.org.
Frederick County's Urbana High School is home to this year's National Teacher of the Year. Yes, NATIONAL TEACHER of the Year, Ms. Michelle Shearer. Ms. Shearer, the nation's 61st, was recognized at the White House along with 49 other state winners on May 3. Ms. Shearer, a graduate of Princeton University, teaches chemistry.
You might also check REALTOR.COM for a quick metric from Great Schools. For each home listed, a school metric is included.
Finally, feel free to call the school and schedule an interview with the principal and a guidance counselor. Nothing can give you a better feel for a school than being in it. This recommnedation comes from my wife, a retired educator, who now works with me in real estate.
Let me know if we can be of further assistance. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 240.529.0120.