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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the top school in the state and No. 6 nationally in the new 2017 Best High Schools rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

Released Tuesday, the Best High Schools is a list coveted by education leaders across the country.

The rankings include 6,041 of more than 22,000 schools reviewed. Results are based on student outcomes, with an emphasis on graduation rates and proficiency tests, according to U.S. News.

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"It is critical that students graduate from high school to put them on a successful path to college and a career," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "We encourage parents to use the data included in the 2017 Best High Schools rankings to help make informed decisions about their children's education."

Other area schools ranked in the top 200 nationally included McLean High School at No. 153, Langley High School at No. 180 and Oakton High School at No. 198. Not far behind: Woodson High School at No. 205, Yorktown High School at No. 225 and Stone Bridge High School at No. 243.

Here’s a list of the top 20 high schools in the state, according to U.S. News:

  1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

  2. McLean High School

  3. Langley High School

  4. Oakton High School

  5. Woodson High School

  6. Yorktown High School

  7. Stone Bridge High School

  8. West Springfield High School

  9. Briar Woods High School

  10. Dominion High School

  11. Deep Run High School

  12. Lake Braddock Secondary School

  13. George Mason High School

  14. Chantilly High School

  15. Patriot High School

  16. Glen Allen High School

  17. Richmond Community High School

  18. Washington-Lee High School

  19. Osbourn Park High School

  20. Broad Run High School

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This year’ rankings also gave more weight in tiebreakers to high school programs showing success with college-level courses and exams.

"Research has shown that students exposed to a more diverse high school curriculum are better equipped for college success," said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. "With this new tiebreaker measure, U.S. News is rewarding schools that make an effort to challenge their students in a broad range of subjects."

See the complete list of 2017 Best High Schools from U.S. News.

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