Annapolis High School (Maryland)
|Annapolis High School|
|2700 Riva Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
|School district||Anne Arundel County Public Schools|
|Enrollment||1813 (September 2014)|
|Color(s)||Maroon, Navy Blue|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Perception (literary magazine)|
Annapolis High School is an American high school located in the Parole census-designated place in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, near Annapolis. It is part of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2013, Newskweek ranked Annapolis as one of the top 2,000 high schools in the country.
Founded in 1896, Annapolis High was the first public high school to open in Anne Arundel County and among the first in the state of Maryland. Though nearby Arundel High School was founded earlier in 1854, it was run as a private school until 1926. The school originally occupied a brick building in historic, downtown Annapolis, but the post-World War I population surge led to the construction of a new school that stood on the outskirts of downtown Annapolis within a short distance from Wiley H. Bates "Colored" High School. In the mid-1960s — more than a decade after the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education — Annapolis High and Bates High were desegregated. Soon thereafter, the Wiley H. Bates High School was renamed/repurposed into Annapolis Middle School for grades 9 and 10 in 1966-67, and then into Bates Junior High School for grades 7 to 9 in 1968. The original Wiley H. Bates High School building at 1101 Smithville Street served as a public school until early 1981 when Bates Middle School moved to the former Annapolis Senior High School campus. In 1979, Annapolis High moved to its present location on Riva Road outside the city limits. Its former buildings now house Bates Middle School and the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
In 2010, Annapolis High was ranked as the 16th best high school in the state of Maryland (3rd in Anne Arundel County; 297th overall) in Newsweek's America's Best High Schools list. Annapolis is noted for its International Baccalaureate (I.B.) program — one of three county schools with the program (the other two being Meade and Old Mill). The I.B. program is a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum for grades 11 and 12 that emphasizes critical thinking and features a strong international focus. The school also offers nearly every Advanced Placement (A.P.) class approved by the College Board as well as an English for Speakers of Other Languages program.
Recently, the Annapolis High math team has won the Anne Arundel County High School Mathematics Competition four years straight (2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010).
Annapolis High publishes a school newspaper (The Anchor), a yearbook (The Wake), a literary & arts magazine (Perception), and produces a newscast (Pantherama/P:tv).
Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) School
Beginning the 2012-2013 school year, Annapolis High School, along with Broadneck High School became the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) high schools of Anne Arundel County. PVA is the now newest option of Magnet programs Anne Arundel County has to offer. Magnet Programs of Choice are optional advanced programs of studies, each specializing and emphasizing instruction in their own areas of interest. PVA's focuses delve into honing and strengthening artistic craft and talent. Students residing in Anne Arundel County have the opportunity to try out for the PVA, and if they pass their audition, they attend either Annapolis or Broadneck High School, depending on which branch of the PVA they audition for. The branches of the PVA that Annapolis houses are Creative Writing, Fine/Digital Visual Art, Dance, Film, Technical Production/Arts Management and Theatre. All branches of Broadkneck PVA are affiliated with a field of Music.
County PVA program high school students from both Annapolis and Broakneck collaborate and continue their art studies at a separate building, Studio 39  in down-town Historic Annapolis. Here students are given instruction by professionals in the art world, in additional after school classes. Students also perform shows, create art installations, and put up art galleries that are viewable to the public.
Annapolis High has a football program dating back to 1896 that has won state titles;[when?] a boys' basketball program — that has won several state titles;[when?] and boys' and girls' lacrosse programs dating back to 1929 that have won numerous state championships.[when?] Annapolis has also won state championships in girls' gymnastics (1989).
Zero-basing controversy & academic turnaround
After the school's standardized test scores failed to meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards, Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell required the school's entire staff — including the principal, administrators, teachers, secretaries, and custodians — to reapply for their positions in the fall of 2007, a controversial move termed "zero-basing" that is one of several reform options authorized by the Maryland Department of Education and the federal No Child Left Behind law. As a result, around half of the teachers and staff did not return in 2008. The school also hired a group of "AYP Specialists" and other support staff to focus primarily on ensuring that the school's standardized test scores reached state and federal standards. Within 30 months of zero-basing, the school successfully made an academic turnaround and met AYP standards in two consecutive years and increased the number of students who passed the Maryland School Assessment 34 percentage points in English and 19 points in math. As a result of this turnaround, principal Don Lilley was named the state's best principal by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals in 2010. As of the 2011-12 school year, Annapolis High did not make AYP despite extensive efforts by teachers to do so.
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