Among traditional public schools in Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area, Falls Church’s George Mason High School is ranked No. 1, according to a Newsweek Magazine-The Daily Beast study out this week.
Only “magnet schools” Thomas Jefferson High of Alexandria and Maggie Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies in Richmond scored higher than Mason in the entire Virginia-Maryland-DC-Delaware region, according to the study.
Among 5,000 high schools in the U.S. included in the study nationwide, Mason finished 64th, according to the report, authored by Lauren Streib. The ranking is based on the following factors (and their relative weight by percentage): graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25), Average SAT/ACT scores (10), Average AP/IB/AICE test scores (10) and Percentage of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course.