2019 rankings show Fairfax County High Schools lead the way in Virginia


Each year the U.S. News and World Report releases a ranking of high schools all over the nation. For many, it is seen as the ‘gold standard’ of rankings, and once again, Fairfax County Public Schools received high marks.

The year’s list was the most extensive list to date, ranking around 17,000 schools which was about a 3,000 school increase from 2018. 
Fairfax County Public Schools had eight of the top ten schools in Virginia, with Thomas Jefferson High School leading the way at fourth in the country. County school board officials say it’s great to see the high numbers for many of the schools, but they see this list as a push to improve other schools in the area.

“Being able to use the rankings as a way of signaling to us, how deep are the gaps, where are those gaps, what’s maybe contributing to that gap in performance, and then with more intentional effort to try and narrow those gaps,” said Megan McLaughlin, FCPS Braddock District Representative. 

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