DC-Area Schools Make ‘Best High Schools in America' List

One high school in Alexandria claimed the #10 spot

Dozens of high schools in the D.C. region made the U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools in America list — with one local school making the top 10.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, ranked tenth among the nearly 6,000 public high schools on the list.

The STEM school has a 100 percent graduation rate and scored a 100 for college readiness, U.S. News said.

D.C.'s School Without Walls High School was the next highest ranking D.C.-area school at number 51. The school has a 93.9 score for college readiness and a 100 percent graduation rate.

Here are the other D.C.-area schools that were ranked in the top 500:

  • #113: Winston Churchill High; Potomac, Maryland
  • #116: Poolesville High; Poolesville, Maryland
  • #168 Thomas S. Wootten High; Rockville, Maryland
  • #174 Langley High School; McLean, Virginia
  • #188 McLean High School; McLean, Virginia
  • #222 River Hill High; Clarksville, Maryland
  • #243 Quince Orchard High School; Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • #247 Oakton High School; Vienna, Virginia
  • #284 Marriotts Ridge High; Marriottsville, Maryland
  • #312 Marshall High; Falls Church, Virginia
  • #344 Benjamin Banneker Academy High School; D.C. 
  • #360 West Springfield High School; Springfield, Virginia
  • #391 Centennial High; Ellicott City, Maryland
  • #429 Washington-Lee High School; Arlington, Virginia 
  • #433 Lake Braddock Secondary School; Burke, Virginia
  • #488 Urbana High; Ijamsville, Maryland

U.S. News said it used data on more than 20,500 schools and based the rankings on the schools' performance on state assessments and how well they prepared students for college.


Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia local news, events and information

Terrier Taken With SUV Stolen at Maryland Gas Station

Members of Congress to Tour DC Jail Housing Dozens of Jan. 6 Defendants

See the full report here.

Contact Us