Fairfax County’s own Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the fourth-best high school in the nation, according to 2014 rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
The rankings were based on evaluations of data from more than 19,000 schools across the United States. Data included information on state proficiency tests, how well minority students were performing compared to state averages, and the success of the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate
(IB) programs. U.S. News teamed up with the D.C.-based American Institutes for Research to analyze the data.
The top three high schools in the United States are School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona, and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville, Ga. (See the full list of the Best High Schools in America here.)
George Mason High School in Falls Church was ranked 76th nationwide. Langely High School in McLean was ranked 96th nationwide. Those were the only two Virginia school other than TJHSST to crack the top 100 in the national rankings.
According to the rankings, the top 10 high schools in the state of Virginia are all public schools in the Fairfax County, Falls Church or Arlington school systems: