LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of the nation’s best high schools was released this week, and seven local schools made the top 100.
The magazine started out analyzing 31,242 public high schools in all 50 states and D.C., and that number was eventually reduced to 19,411 schools, the total number that had high enough 12th-grade enrollment and sufficient data from the 2011-2012 school year to be eligible for the rankings.
A three-step process was used to determine the final rankings.
The first two steps used performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. The third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.
Though one local school made the top 10 — Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria — Arizona is the state with the most schools in the top 10 (three) and Dallas, Texas is represented twice, with schools in both the #1 and #8 national spots.
Here are the local schools on the top 100 list:
- Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda
#1 in Maryland, #61 nationally
- Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville
#2 in Maryland, #65 nationally
- Poolesville High School in Poolesville
#3 in Maryland, #83 nationally
- Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria
#1 in Virginia, #4 nationally
- George Mason High School in Falls Church
#2 in Virginia, #76 nationally
- James Madison High School in Vienna
#3 in Virginia, #93 nationally
- Langley High School in McLean
#4 in Virginia, #96 nationally
To see the full national list, click here.