Many Washington Area High Schools Rank Among Top 500 in U.S.

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Nearly one-third (31 percent) of recent grads reported their monthly loan payments as greater than 12 percent of their income, a nearly 10 percent increase from 2000. Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nearly one-third (31 percent) of recent grads reported their monthly loan payments as greater than 12 percent of their income, a nearly 10 percent increase from 2000. Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington area is again being recognized as home to some of the top high schools in the country.

More than 30 schools made the cut in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the top 500 in the U.S.

Over 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District were evaluated by the magazine. The schools were ranked based on proficiency standards in their home state and students preparedness for college.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria takes top honors locally and is ranked 4th overall in the nation. The report boasts the school has a 17:1 student to teacher ratio and a college readiness score of 100.

Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. is the second highest rated area school, coming in 52nd nationally.

Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda is ranked 59th in the country.

Langley High School in McLean, Va. rounds out the local top 5 and is ranked 84th overall.

Area Schools in Top 500

No. 4 – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology – Alexandria, Va.
No. 52 – Winston Churchill High School – Potomac, Md.
No. 59 – Walt Whitman High School – Bethesda, Md.
No. 84 – Langley High School – McLean, Va.
No. 99 – Poolesville High School – Poolesville, Md.
No. 101 – James Madison High School – Vienna, Va.
No. 105 – Thomas Wootton High School – Rockville, Md.
No. 106 – Richard Montgomery High School – Rockville, Md.
No. 107 – McLean High School – McLean, Va.
No. 116 – W.T. Woodson High School – Fairfax, Va.
No. 118 – Oakton High School – Vienna, Va.
No. 128 – Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School – Bethesda, Md.
No. 165 – River Hill High School – Clarksville, Md.
No. 197 – Lake Braddock Secondary School – Burke, Va.
No. 201 – Briar Woods High – Ashburn, Va.
No. 206 – Loudoun Valley High – Purcellville, Va.
No. 207 – West Springfield High School – Springfield, Va.
No. 212 – Fairfax High School – Fairfax, Va.
No. 213 – Severna Park High School – Severna Park, Md.
No. 242 – George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology – Towson, Md.
No. 247 – Montgomery Blair High School – Silver Spring, Md.
No. 256 – Broadneck High School – Annapolis, Md.
No. 266 – School Without Walls High School – Washington, D.C.
No. 268 – Towson High School Law and Public Policy – Towson, Md.
No. 288 – James Robinson Secondary School – Fairfax, Va.
No. 323 – Centennial High School – Ellicott City, Md.
No. 326 – Chantilly High School – Chantilly, Va.
No. 380 – George C. Marshall High School – Falls Church, Va.
No. 400 – Mount Hebron High School – Ellicott City, Md.
No. 435 – Loudoun County High – Leesburg, Va.
No. 452 – South County Secondary – Lorton, Va.
No. 461 – Benjamin Banneker Academic High School – Washington, D.C.
No. 465 – Heritage High – Leesburg, Va.

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