Every year, the U.S. News & World Report publication issues the results of its Nationwide “Best High Schools” rankings. To come up with the rankings, US News focuses on four major indicators:
- Student / Teacher ratio
- College readiness – as measured by Advance Placement (AP®) or International Baccaleaurate (IB) passing rates
- Proficiency in Geometry
- Proficiency in Reading
This year, US News reviewed over 21,000 high schools across the United States. Among these, 96 high schools in Virginia (out of 347) made the rankings.
Top High School in Virginia
The top school in Virginia (#1) is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), which is a “Governor School” (that means that it doesn’t belong to a school district).
Specifically, TJ is located within the Fairfax County Public Schools District but it accepts qualified students from districts beyond Fairfax County. TJ has been on the US News list of Best High Schools for many years, most of those as the #1 school. This year, it’s ranked at #2 Nationally.
Top High School in Fairfax County
The second school in Virginia (#2) is George Mason High School, which is the only high school within the boundaries of The City of Falls Church Public School District. The City of Falls Church is within Fairfax County, but it’s an independent city with its own local government and school district.
Top High Schools in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)
Overall, 13 high schools in Fairfax County Public Schools (from a total of 24) made the rankings.
Seven Fairfax County high schools made the Top 10:
#3 Marshall High School
#4 Mclean High School
#5 Robinson Secondary School
#6 Langley High School
#7 Woodson High School
#8 Madison High School
#9 Oakton High School
In the Top 20-ish
#11 Lake Braddock Secondary School
#12 West Springfield High School
#13 Fairfax High School
#15 Chantilly High School
#16 Westfield High School
#22 Falls Church High School
If you’d like to see where each of these districts is located, log into the Fairfax County School Boundaries Map.
On the map you can also see the profiles of each High School boundary, complete with a compilation of Elementary and Middle school scores, plus average cost of Real Estate in the boundary.
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