What to Know
- Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology ranked 5th best high school in U.S.
- The rankings are made using data from over 28,000 public high schools.
- The schools on the list were given gold, silver and bronze medals.
A Fairfax County high school is among the top five high schools in the country, according to a ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria placed fifth in the publication's national rankings. The school was also named the third best STEM high school in the U.S.
The rankings are made using data from over 28,000 public high schools. The schools that took the top spots are best at preparing students for college and careers, according to a release.
U.S. News & World Report says graduation rates were also a major factor in its methodology. The schools that received national recognition graduate their students at rates that are 15 percent higher, on average, than other schools across the country.
“A high school education is imperative for success in both college and a career, and a school’s graduation rate is a key indicator of whether students are being effectively prepared for both paths,” U.S. News Managing Editor of Education Anita Narayan said.
The schools on the list were given gold, silver and bronze medals. Gold medals indicate the greatest level of college readiness.
For the second year in a row, Maryland was a leading performer, with 28.9 percent of its eligible schools having earned gold and silver medals
A list of the top ranked schools in the DMV can be found below:
Top Ranked D.C. Schools
1. School Without Walls High School
2130 G St Nw, Washington, D.C. 20037
2. Wilson High School
3950 Chesapeake St Nw, Washington, D.C. 20016
3. Benjamin Banneker Academy High School
800 Euclid St Nw, Washington, D.C. 20001
4. Ellington School of the Arts
3500 R St Nw, Washington, D.C. 20007
5. McKinley Technology High School
151 T St Ne, Washington, D.C. 20002
6. KIPP D.C. College Preparatory
2600 Douglass Rd Se, Washington, D.C. 20020
7. Seed Public Charter School of Washington D.C.
4300 C St Se, Washington, D.C. 20019
Top Ranked Maryland Schools
1. Walt Whitman High
7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
2. Winston Churchill High
11300 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac, MD 20854
3. Poolesville High
17501 Willard Rd., Poolesville, MD 20837
4. Thomas S. Wootton High
2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, MD 20850
5. Walter Johnson High
6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda, MD 20814
6. Richard Montgomery High
250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville, MD 20852
7. River Hill High
12101 Clarksville Pk., Clarksville, MD 21029
8. Severna Park High
60 Robinson Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146
9. Marriotts Ridge High
12100 Woodford Dr., Marriottsville, MD 21104
10. Centennial High
4300 Centennial Ln., Ellicott City, MD 21042
Top Ranked Virginia Schools
1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312
2. McLean High School
1633 Davidson Rd., Mclean, VA 22101
3. Madison High
2500 James Madison Dr., Vienna, VA 22181
4. George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pk., Falls Church, VA 22043
5. Oakton High
2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna, VA 22181
6. Langley High
6520 Georgetown Pk., Mclean, VA 22101
7. Woodson High
9525 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22031
8. Deep Run High
4801 Twin Hickory Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
9. Richmond Community High
201 East Brookland Park Blvd., Richmond, VA 23222
10. Open High
600 South Pine St., Richmond, VA 23220
A complete list of high school rankings, featuring data on factors including enrollment, graduation rates, results of state assessments and participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs,can be searched by state here.