Public or private? Distribution of the best high schools in Virginia


About 100 school buses are parked at the Arlington County Bus Depot, in response to the novel coronavirus, the COVID-19 outbreak on March 31, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. – Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have decided to close schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic, affecting nearly 55 million students, and seven US states have closed schools for the rest of the year, while the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the country. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP via Getty Images)

(STACKER) – As filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron said in a 1996 opening speech at Wellesley College, “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” If so, high school can be one of the greatest dress rehearsals of all.

It’s a place where students explore their interests, dive into extracurricular activities, finally gain the freedom to pursue their own path in class, and prepare for the crucial next steps in college or the workplace.

For many of these students and their families, public education is essential: 48.1 million students enrolled in public primary and secondary schools in 2020; and there are nearly 24,000 public high schools in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

For anxious parents, getting their child to the best schools is of the utmost importance. Some families are even packing and moving, all to get into better school districts. However, among thousands of schools, a few stand out for their academic excellence, incredible track records, and the future success of their young students.

#ten. St. Stephen and St. Agnes School (private)
– Location: Alexandria
– Enrollment: 1,183 (pupil / teacher ratio: 6: 1)

# 9. Norfolk Academy (private)
– Location: Norfolk
– Enrollment: 1,184 (pupil / teacher ratio: 8: 1)

# 8. Pinnacle Academy (private)
– Location: Chantilly
– Number of students: 159 (pupil / teacher ratio: 6: 1)

# 7. Woodberry Forest School (private)
– Location: Woodberry Forest
– Number of registrations: 406 (pupil / teacher ratio of 7: 1)

# 6. BASIS Independent McLean (private)
– Location: Mclean
– Number of registrations: 478 (pupil / teacher ratio of 7: 1)

# 5. The Potomac School (private)
– Location: Mclean
– Enrollment: 1,060 (pupil / teacher ratio: 6: 1)

# 4. Episcopal high school (private)
– Location: Alexandria
– Number of registrations: 464 (pupil / teacher ratio: 5)

# 3. Madeira School (private)
– Location: Mclean
– Enrollment: 324 (pupil / teacher ratio: 6: 1)

# 2. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (public)
– District: Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
– Staff: 1,809 (pupil / teacher ratio: 18: 1)

# 1. Governor Maggie Walker School (public)
– Location: Richmond
– Number of registrations: 746 (pupil / teacher ratio: 15: 1)

Stacker has compiled a list of the best high schools in Virginia using the Niche rankings.

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