Twenty-three Fairfax County high schools* have been designated among the most demanding public schools in the country and are featured in the 2010 Newsweek-Washington Post list of 1,622 top U.S. high schools, found at www.newsweek.com. The 1,622 schools represent the top six percent of high schools nationwide. Woodson High School made the list of top 100 schools published in Newsweek, based on a formula devised by Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews. Woodson was ranked 91st on the 2010 list.
Rankings for other Fairfax County Public Schools are: McLean High School, 101; Langley High School, 117; Centreville High School, 140; Madison High School, 143; Herndon High School, 152; Oakton High School, 157; Lake Braddock Secondary School, 172; Fairfax High School, 179; Marshall High School, 200; South Lakes High School, 216; Chantilly High School, 219; West Springfield High School, 274; South County Secondary School, 303; Robinson Secondary School, 325; Westfield High School, 346; Stuart High School, 432; Falls Church High School, 466; West Potomac High School, 523; Hayfield Secondary School, 539; Lee High School, 1,141; Annandale High School, 1,200; and Mount Vernon High School, 1,424.
The Challenge Index measures public high schools’ ability to challenge their students. A school’s ranking is determined by dividing the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Cambridge tests given by a school to all its students by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. The index is designed to identify schools that challenge average students.
*Note: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which serves students across the region, was not included in the list because of its selective admissions process. It is recognized in a sidebar titled “Public Elites,” (http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/13/america-s-best-high-schools-in-a-different-class.html) which highlights 21 high schools with selective admissions. For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.
POSTER'S NOTE: Fairfax County had 23 schools on Newsweek's list, compared to 7 in Montgomery County and 12 in Baltimore County. SOURCE: Fairfax County Public Schools