Award Year: 2014

Western School of Technology and Environmental Science

100 Kenwood Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21228-3610

(410) 887-0840

Mr. Murray G. Parker III, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Baltimore County Public Schools

School Website


Provide challenging academic courses, technological career programs, and experiential environmental science programs so students may achieve success in higher education and the workplace.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 74%
  • White: 11%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Teacher and student meet in the front lobby before school.

Teacher and student meet in the front lobby before school.

Western School of Technology and Environmental Science is an economically and culturally diverse magnet high school on the west side of Baltimore County, Maryland. The school, offering a non-diploma bound autism program and eleven magnet programs, is consistently recognized as a top-performing high school in the state, region, and nation, earning the title Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in December 2013.

Students and parents are drawn to Western Tech’s diverse, challenging, and supportive learning environment. Each subgroup consistently makes Adequate Yearly Progress. The school’s overall 2012-2013 pass rate on the English High School Assessment (HSA) was 99%, with 100% proficiency on the Algebra/Data Analysis HSA. Academic success is predicated on high expectations and a commitment to the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Ninth and tenth-grade students are exposed to rigorous skill development in preparation for taking AP courses their junior and senior years. In 2013, 248 students took 548 AP exams, achieving a 68% pass rate.

Students, through their magnets, are exposed to industry standards and partnerships with businesses, colleges, and government agencies. All juniors attend an annual Career Fair, and many seniors participate in internships.

The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to the unwavering belief that college and career readiness go hand-in-hand. Hard work and collaboration result in each Western Tech graduate being fully prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century.