Century High School Named Blue Ribbon School
Release Date: 12/20/2012 10:41:32 AM
Century High School has been named as a Maryland 2013 Blue Ribbon School. State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery announced the award this morning at the Maryland State Department of Education.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a state and national program that recognizes and honors schools that exhibit high performance and/or significant improvement in reading and mathematics achievement as measured by Maryland’s assessments. Schools must meet rigorous standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. These schools are all extremely high achievers in reading and mathematics, and some serve an economically disadvantaged student population. Other achievement indicators include school leadership, professional development and instructional approaches.
According to Superintendent of Schools Stephen Guthrie, “I am pleased to learn of the wonderful news and recognition for Century High School. Congratulations to students and staff and the parent community on this wonderful achievement.”
Century High School is a high performing school designed with a Career Academy structure. At Century, 100% of students participate in one of four academies with over 90% earning a six-credit academy certificate by graduation. Student interns are placed at prestigious institutions including the National Cancer Institute, the National Security Agency, Northrop Grumman, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. The focus on 21st Century Careers has led Century to be named a University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering “Source School” and a Newsweek magazine national “Top High School.”
Excellence is seen in all programs at Century, with 28 state champions in only 12 years, a JROTC Honor Unit of Distinction, and 11 National Board Certified teachers. Scores on the HSA in math were 97.6% and reading was 96.8%, and 92% of students receiving Free and Reduced Meals passed all 4 HSA exams. Advanced Placement exams rose from 303 to 549 over the last 5 years with no drop in success with an average of 66% earning a 3 or above.
Maryland can select up to six schools for recognition, based on its school-age population. The Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools go on to compete for National Blue Ribbon Awards, which will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education next September.