TJHSST Ranked Best High School in Virginia, Second Best in Nation

U.S. News ranks best high schools in the nation.

(TJHSST) has been ranked the second-best high school in the country and the best high school in the state of Virginia, according to national rankings of the best high schools by U.S. News.

The Fairfax County magnet school was one of 21,776 U.S. public high schools reviewed and one of 96 Virginia schools to make the list.

The School for the Talented and Gifted in Texas was selected as the top school in the nation. The School of Science and Engineering Magnet in Texas, University High School in Arizona, and International Academy in Missouri rounded out the top five schools at third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

According to U.S. News, the rankings were calculated based on state proficiency standards, how well the schools prepare students for college, and other factors. Schools were also awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on those factors.

TJHSST received a gold medal ranking, placing it in the top 500 schools based on highest college readiness. College readiness is based on the percentage of 12th graders who were tested and passed AP exams. TJHSST received a score of 100 for college readiness.

Eighteen Virginia schools received gold medals, 19 were awarded silver medals and 59 received bronze medals.

Falls Church City's  and Fairfax County's  (in the Falls Church area)   in McLean and in Burke rounded out the top five rankings in Virginia.

was not ranked, but received a college readiness index of 53.7 percent.

Jeffrey Pandin May 10, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I think a more meaningful measure of how good a school is would be how much does that school ADD to what the kids bring in the door. Obviously, if you pick the cream of available students, you are going to end up with a high percentage who are ready for college at the end of high school. Hell, some of those TJ kids were ready for college before they STARTED high school. How about measuring which schools are really adding to what the kids bring in the door with them?


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