January 13th, 2011 Categories: Schools
Our public school system has fifteen semifinalists for the 2011 Intel Science Talent search. According to MCPS, this is the most semifinalists from any single school district in the U.S. (read the announcement on MCPS’s site).
Here’s a breakdown of the semi-finalists by school:
- Montgomery Blair* – 7
- Poolesville* – 3
- Richard Montgomery* – 2
- Walter Johnson – 2
- Winston Churchill – 1
The first three schools are county magnet programs. Montgomery Blair and Poolesville have Science/Math magnet programs, and Richard Montgomery has the county’s top IB program. These are application-based programs, so students from across the county apply and must be accepted. It’s a pretty good guess that these students are in the magnet programs at those schools…. but all may not be.
In the Metro D.C. area, the single high school that gets the most acclaim is Thomas Jefferson in Alexandria, Virginia. They have seven semi-finalists (still, not too shabby).
Since I couldn’t help myself, I looked at all of the semi-finalists. The 15 from Montgomery County is more than those from all schools in the states of Illinois, Florida, Virginia and 23 other states. New Jersey has 15, Texas has 18 and California has 41 (it’s a big state). I was getting pretty puffed-up until I added up New York’s total. They have 100 — 1/3 of the entire list. Now that I’ve deflated a bit, I guess my re-worked conclusion is that there’s a whole bunch of smart kids in the state of New York!