U.S. News report: Best high schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia


Kristina Hu, 16, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and her physics teacher, John Dell, demonstrate the effects of an electrical current on ball bearings submerged in oil. Thomas Jefferson was ranked the second-best high school nationwide in a new report. (Shamus Ian Fatzinger)

U.S. News evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools nationwide based on factors including reading and math scores on state proficiency exams and college prep.

Ninety-six high schools in Virginia, 62 in Maryland and two in the District made the list.

In Maryland, seven of the top 10 schools are in Montgomery County and in Virginia, the top 10 are in Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Falls Church.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria was ranked the second-best high school nationwide, beaten only by a high school in Dallas.

(See the full rankings here.)

Top D.C. schools:

1. Benjamin Banneker High School in Northwest

2. Coolidge High School in Northwest

Top Maryland schools:

1. Winston Churchill High School in Potomac

2. Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda

3. Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville

4. Poolesville High School in Poolesville

5. Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda

Top Virginia schools:

1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax

2. George Mason High School in Falls Church

3. George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church

4. McLean High School in McLean

5. James W. Robinson Jr. Secondary School in Fairfax

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