Oakdale High didn't make it in 2012 because it didn't have a graduating class.
Some of the nation's top high schools are located in Frederick County. The latest Newsweek list of America's Best High Schools puts nine local schools among the 2000 listed by the magazine.
Urbana High ranked the highest at 666 nationwide. Middletown High was 1,118; Linganore High was 1,301; Walkersville High stood at 1,630; Gov. Thomas Johnson High came in at 1,781; Brunswick High was 1,795; Tuscarora High was 1,800; Frederick High stood at 1,907; and Catoctin High came in at 1,991.
Oakdale High was not included because it did not have a graduating class in 2012. It will have its first graduating seniors in 2013.
Newsweek based its ratings on graduation rates (25%); college acceptance rate (25%); Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests taken per student (10%); SAT and ACT scores (10%) and the percent of students enrolled in at least one AP, IB or AICE course (5%).
"All data was analyzed was for the 2011-2012 school year," says Newsweek reporter Lauren Streib. "We invited more than 5,000 high schools to participate in the survey this year, and nearly 2,500 responded. All public high schools in the US are eligible."