Western Albemarle Makes List of America's Best High Schools

June 22, 2011

Western Albemarle High School in Crozet was the only school in Central Virginia to make the NEWSWEEK list of America's Best High Schools.

WAHS, which came in at No. 247 nationally on the Top 500 list, joins seven other Commonwealth schools in the rankings: Stone Bridge (127-Ashburn), Centreville (177-Clifton), Freedom (183-South Riding), Briar Woods (198-Ashburn), Princess Anne (263-Virginia Beach), Cosby (282-Midlothian) and Blacksburg (384-Blacksburg).

Each school’s score is comprised of six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%). Click here for the full methodology.

WAHS had a student-teacher ratio of 12.0, the lowest of any Virginia school on the list. It also had a graduation rate of 95% and an average SAT of 1752, the highest of the eight Virginia schools.

Two Dallas, TX high schools topped the list, School of Science and Engineering Magnet and School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet were No.1 and 2 respectively.

New York has the most schools recognized, 63, followed by California with 53 and Florida with 43.

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