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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the top school in the state and No. 10 nationally in the new 2018 Best High Schools rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

Released Wednesday, the Best High Schools list is coveted by education leaders across the country. Thomas Jefferson High was ranked No. 6 in 2017.

The rankings include nearly 6,000 schools of more than 20,500 reviewed. Results are based on student outcomes, with an emphasis on graduation rates and proficiency tests, according to U.S. News.

"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "We encourage parents to use the Best High Schools rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future."

Other area schools that ranked in the top 250 nationally include George Mason High School at No. 157, Langley High School at No. 174, McLean High School at No. 188 and Oakton High School at No. 247.

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, Fairfax County Public Schools

2. George Mason High School, Falls Church City Public Schools

3. Langley High School, Fairfax County Public Schools

4. Open High School, Richmond City Public Schools

5. McLean High School, Fairfax County Public Schools

6. Oakton High School, Fairfax County Public Schools

7. Woodson High School, Fairfax County Public Schools

8. Marshall High, Fairfax County Public Schools

9. West Springfield High School, Fairfax County Public Schools

10. Washington-Lee High School, Arlington County Public Schools

11. Lake Braddock Secondary School, Fairfax County Public Schools

12. Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax County Public Schools

13. Chantilly High School, Fairfax County Public Schools

14. South County High School, Fairfax County Public Schools

15. Broad Run High School, Loudoun County Public Schools

16. Osbourn Park High School, Prince William County Public Schools

17. Jamestown High School, Williamsburg-James City Public Schools

18. Colonial Forge High School, Stafford County Public Schools

19. Godwin High School, Henrico County Public Schools

20. Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

See rankings on 327 Virginia schools at U.S. News and World Report.

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