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.
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.
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