For the second year in a row, Maryland public schools have been ranked first in the nation by EducationWeek. National test performance, school finances and students' overall chance of scholastic success are factors in the EducationWeek survey. Maryland public schools ranked 3rd in 2008.
The Clark School draws 70 percent of its students from within the state.
"One reason the Clark School is advancing so rapidly is that we have a great "source" system in Maryland public schools," stated Darryll Pines, Clark School dean and Farvardin Professor of Engineering. "The state's excellent secondary and primary schools send students who are creative, well-prepared and ready to make a positive impact on the world through technology. Our private schools are likewise first-rate."
The Clark School makes a point of identifying the top 25 Maryland public high schools that send it students, and establishing good working relationships with these and other public and private schools. For a list of the Top 25 Source Schools, click here.
Further, the Clark School takes a national leadership role in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education in secondary and primary schools. In recent months, Dean Pines testified before Congress about the importance of science and technology in K-12 education, and steps that schools of engineering could take to improve the preparation of young students. For an article about his remarks, click here.
To "prime the pump," the Clark School also offers a variety of summer programs to interest young students in science and engineering. Visit the K-12 Students section of our web site to learn more.
The EducationWeek report can be found on the publication's web site (some portions require a subscription to view).
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