Falls Church’s George Mason High School was ranked in the top 100 high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
The rankings, released late Tuesday, put George Mason High School at no. 76 in the United States.
The rankings were based on evaluations of data from more than 19,000 schools across the United States. Data included information on state proficiency tests, how well minority students were performing compared to state averages, and the success of the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. U.S. News teamed up with the D.C.-based American Institutes for Research to analyze the data.In addition, George Mason was ranked the top traditional Virginia public high school, the second-best high school in Virginia and fourth-best high school in the Virginia-Maryland-D.C. region.
In a statement, George Mason Principal Ty Byrd said, "The entire George Mason community is committed to excellence in mind, body, and character. We expect to achieve at high levels throughout our student body, and while the results are nice to hear, we are not surprised."
Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the fourth-best high school in the nation, according to the 2014 rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
The top three high schools in the United States are School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona, and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville, Ga. (See the full list here.)
Langley High School in McLean was ranked 96th nationwide. George Mason, Langley and Thomas Jefferson high schools were the only three Virginia schools to crack the top 100 in the rankings.
According to the rankings, the top 10 high schools in the state of Virginia are all public schools in the Fairfax County, Falls Church or Arlington school systems: