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VA Has 103 Of America's Best High Schools In 2018, US News Says

Posted on May 11,2018
Filed Under News , Community,

By Deb Belt

ALEXANDRIA, VA — A total of 103 Virginia schools ranked among the best in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings of best high schools in the country. The highest ranked Virginia school on the list was Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria.

The 2018 best high school rankings were released on Wednesday and evaluate over 20,500 public high schools. U.S. News identified schools that best serve all students and assessed how prepared students are for college-level work. Schools are also recognized with gold, silver and bronze medals with gold indicating the greatest level of college readiness.

Eleven Virginia schools received a gold medal, 35 received a silver medal and 57 schools received a bronze medal. The state-by-state performance rating was based on which states have the highest proportion of schools with gold and silver medals. Based on this metric, Massachusetts was the leading performer, followed by California and Maryland.

"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News, said in a press release.

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