Discover the Best of the Best - A Guide to the Top 25 High Schools in Northern Virginia

Discover the Best of the Best - A Guide to the Top 25 High Schools in Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia is renowned for its exceptional school systems. But which public high schools truly stand out? We've done the research and compiled a ranking of the best high schools in the region for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
Using data from the Virginia Department of Education, we analyzed various factors that we deemed crucial in determining school quality. These factors include advanced diploma rates, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism rates, and standards of learning test (SOL) pass rates for math and reading. We also considered the combined enrollment rates for advanced courses like AP and IB.
 
We looked at high schools from the following school systems: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Prince William, and Stafford. Our ranking is based on the frequency with which each school appeared in the top 25 for each category, weighted accordingly.
 
Without further ado, here are the top 25 high schools in Northern Virginia:
 
1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: Alexandria
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,904
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 452
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 50%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 94.53%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 68.91%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 4.76%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 100%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 100%
 
2. Langley High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: McLean
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,049
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 476
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 24.81%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 55.73%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 48.12%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 9.06%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 99.4%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 87.61%
 
3. McLean High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: McLean
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,368
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 560
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 20.81%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 52.4%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 47.64%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 11.93%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.6%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 84.74%
 
4. Freedom High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: South Riding
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,055
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 555
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 10.08%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 36.61%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 49.59%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 11.27%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 99.1%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 86.9%
 
5. Oakton High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: Vienna
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,638
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 666
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 17.13%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 54.42%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 53.71%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 14.56%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 97.7%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 81.75%
 
6. Madison High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: Vienna
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,213
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 582
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 22.3%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 48.97%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 47.22%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 14.83%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.1%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 79.05%
 
7. Rock Ridge High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Ashburn
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,378
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 349
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 9.69%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 40.85%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 46.11%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 14.13%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.6%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 81.98%
 
8. Meridian High School
Falls Church City Public Schools
 
City: Falls Church
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 849
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 223
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 11.16%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 46.15%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 61.95%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 10.48%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.7%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 73.18%
 
9. Lightridge High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Aldie
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,436
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 167
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 5.81%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 42.16%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 42.13%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 9.41%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 100%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 85.63%
 
10. Robinson Secondary School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: Fairfax
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 3,699
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 645
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 13.38%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 29.27%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 59.96%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 13.22%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.8%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 78.04%
 
11. Yorktown High School
Arlington Public Schools
 
City: Arlington
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,533
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 597
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 10.62%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 44.63%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 43.92%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 9.69%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 96%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 81.61%
 
12. Independence High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Ashburn
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,829
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 392
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 5.45%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 37.67%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 45.62%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 13.25%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 99%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 83.42%
 
13. John Champe High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Aldie
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,690
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 536
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 7.73%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 32.66%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 43.46%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 15.98%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.5%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 87.79%
 
14. Washington-Liberty High School
Arlington Public Schools
 
City: Arlington
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,551
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 637
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 10.55%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 43.35%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 67.65%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 15.56%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 92.8%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 77.91%
 
15. Stone Bridge High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Ashburn
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,740
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 426
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 5.59%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 37.65%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 40.05%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 14.82%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 97.9%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 79.23%
 
16. Broad Run High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Ashburn
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,576
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 411
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 7.69%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 34.85%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 42.15%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 14.16%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 97.6%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 77.56%
 
17. Woodson High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: Fairfax
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,490
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 642
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 12.82%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 44.67%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 40.64%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 25.59%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 97.4%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 77.23%
 
18. Battlefield High School
Prince William County Public Schools
 
City: Haymarket
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,561
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 774
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 8.45%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 35.59%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 29.63%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 16.18%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.6%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 73.87%
 
19. Briar Woods High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Ashburn
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,799
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 472
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 5.24%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 51.58%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 46.53%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 17.61%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 99.2%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 85.16%
 
20. West Springfield High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: West Springfield
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,578
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 647
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 13.24%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 45.06%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 33.48%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 10.87%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.9%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 69.4%
 
21. Riverside High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Leesburg
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,822
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 464
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 4.2%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 34.88%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 48.57%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 13.69%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.9%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 83%
 
22. Chantilly High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: Chantilly
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,965
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 742
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 20.93%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 44.59%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 38.41%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 16.44%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 97.3%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 75.84%
 
23. Lake Braddock Secondary School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: Burke
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 4,381
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 695
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 18.12%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 31.45%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 38.1%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 9.54%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 98.4%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 71.79%
 
24. Marshall High School
Fairfax County Public Schools
 
City: Falls Church
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 2,073
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 526
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 10.8%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 43.7%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 54.2%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 16.56%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 94.9%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 63.6%
 
25. Loudoun Valley High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
 
City: Purcellville
2021–2022 Total Enrollment*: 1,242
Class of 2022 Total Students*: 338
2021–2022 SOL Math Pass Advanced Rate: 1.29%
2021–2022 SOL Reading Pass Advanced Rate: 31.17%
2021–2022 AP/IB Combined Enrollment Rate: 48.26%
2021–2022 Chronic Absenteeism Rate: 19.06%
Class of 2022 On-Time Graduation Rate: 99.1%
2022 Rate of Advanced Diplomas: 84.68%


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