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Thomas Jefferson High School Makes Newsweek's 'Best High Schools' List

TJHSST was ranked in the top 10 of best high schools in the country.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was named to the top 100 high schools in the country by Newsweek. Patch file photo.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was named to the top 100 high schools in the country by Newsweek. Patch file photo.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is among the top 10 best high schools in America, according to Newsweek's "2013 America's Best High Schools" list.

TJHSST was ranked no. 8, with Kentucky's Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science ranked as the nation's top high school.

The schools are ranked based on six criterion,: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

TJHSST statistics are as follows:
  • Graduation Rate: 99 percent
  • AP/IB Tests: 2
  • Collegebound: 100 percent
  • Average SAT score: 2153
  • Average ACT: 3
  • Average AP score:  4.5
Earlier this year, TJHSST was ranked the fourth best high school in the country and the best in the state of Virginia in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best High Schools rankings.

A handful of other Northern Virginia made the list, but were not ranked as high, such as Falls Church City Public School's George Mason High School, ranked no. 64; James Madison High School in Vienna, ranked no. 146; Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, ranked no. 237; Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, ranked No. 342; Briar Woods in Ashburn, ranked no. 395; Heritage High School in Leesburg, ranked no. 1104; and Falls Church High School in Falls Church, ranked no. 1202.

See the full list of rankings here.

How much stock do you put into national rankings? How do you measure a good school? Tell us in the comments.
JD December 04, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Relatively useless information here. You cannot compare schools that are selective to those with open enrollment. The student populations are vastly different in ability.

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