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EDUCATION
JAY MATHEWS

America's Most Challenging High Schools: Making the grade

America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2015, divided by the number of graduates that year. Noted in our national and local tables are the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each school’s average scores on the SAT, a common college entrance exam with a national average of 1497 out of 2400.

Mathews considers college test participation a better measure of school success than test scores, which largely reflect parental income. Schools with ratios of 1.000 or above make the list. The list has grown to include nearly 2,300 schools across the country and more than 180 in the Washington region. It includes some private schools - noted with a (P) - for comparison. Certain public schools with highly selective admissions are omitted from the list, but information about them can be found online, along with full local and national lists, at washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge.

Regional Rankings
The top 50 Washington-area schools, as ranked. The Washington Post's Jay Mathews. Principal schools are marked with a (p).

RANK

SCHOOL

LOCATION

CHALLENG RATING
MEALS SUBSIDY %
AVERAGE SAT SCORE
1.
Washington International (P)
Washington, D.C.6.922n/a1888
2.Winston Churchill
Potomac, md
6.488
41836
3.School Without Walls
Washington, D.C
5.893
201738
4.Washington-Lee
Arlington, VA
5.714
331697
5.Richard Montgomery
Rockville MD
5.469181743
6.
McLean
Fairfax County VA
5.42691852
7.H-B WoodlawnArlingtonVA
5.418181821
8.
Bethesda Chevy Chase
Bethesda MD
5.383121763
9.
Poolesville
Poolesville MD
5.35171886
10.Oakton
Fairfax County VA
5.239131792
11.
Yorktown
Arlington VA
5.165141772
12.
Walt Whitman
Bethesda MD
5.09721872
13.
Quince Orchard
Gaithersburg MD
5.012221624
14.
George Mason
Falls Church VA
4.94171776
15.
Walter Johnson
Bethesda MD
4.63371751
16.
Thomas S. Wootton
Rockville MD
4.55861831
17.
James Madison
Fairfax County VA
4.514101786
18.
Holton-Arms (P)
Bethesda MD
4.431n/a1976
19.
Dominion
Sterling VA
4.411211638
20.
Langley
Fairfax County, VA
4.34621850
21.
Centennial
Ellicott City MD
4.34291797
22.
South River
Edgewater MD
4.310121581
23.
Banneker
Washington, D.C.
4.255651499
24.
Herndon
Herndon VA
4.231391668
25.
Centreville
Fairfax County VA
4.214251672
26.
Indian Creek (P)
Crownsville MD
4.167331689
27.Columbia Heights
Washington, DC
4.144901190
28.
Marriotts Ridge
Marriottsville MD
4.11751773
29.
National Cathedral (P)
Washington, D.C.
4.105n/a
2096
30.
Robinson Secondary
Fairfax County VA
4.097111728
31.
River Hill
Clarksville MD
4.01261788
32.
Georgetown Visitation (P)
Washington DC
4.000n/a
1953
33.
Lake Braddock Secondary School
Fairfax County VA
3.962161692
34.
Annapolis
Annapolis MD  
3.953491388
35.
Severna Park
Severna Park MD
3.91651664
36.
Southern
Harwood MD
3.851251467
37.
Urbana
Ijamsville MD
3.84151640
38.
Broadneck Sr
Annapolis MD
3.808101628
39.
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (P)
Bethesda MD
3.785n/a
1838
40.Briar Woods
Ashburn VA
3.75841640
41.
Northwest
Germantown MD
3.733261588
42.
Fairfax
Fairfax VA
3.707271675
43.
West Springfield
Fairfax County VA
3.677131705
44.
W.T. Woodson
Fairfax County VA
3.637111810
45.
Stone Bridge
Ashburn VA  
3.61161666
46.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Greenbelt MD
3.606431536
47.
Tuscarora
Leesburg VA
3.570161601
48.
Osbourn Park
Manassas VA
3.536281569
49.
Chesapeake Science
Point Hanover MD
3.515261615
50.
Loudoun County
Leesburg VA
3.483141614
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