Washington Post Challenge Index

Today’s Washington Post reports that Arlington public high schools finished 1st, 6th, 8th and 52nd out of 195 Washingotn area schools in the Washington Post Challenge Index which measures how many college level tests were taken (including AP exams, International Baccalaureate exams and in some circumstances final exams with dual enrollment in college classes) divided by the number of graduating seniors.

HB Woodlawn finished in the top spot where it has been since 2004 and 46th nationally with Washington-Lee High School and Yorktown, which have consistently been in the top ten,  finishing 6th and 8th respectively.  Wakefield finished at 52nd in the DC area.  This also puts Arlington County schools at #2 in Northern Virginia with only Falls Church City, which only has one high school, finishing ahead.

For the complete results, visit the Washington Post website here.

Authors Note:  My copy of The Washington Post shows the results above, but the online version shows Washington-Lee and Yorktown reversed with W-L in the 8th spot and Yorktown in 6th.  I am trying to confirm which is accurate with the Post and will update that information here as soon as I have it.

17 Arlington Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.   For 2010, ten Yorktown High School students, four Washington-Lee High School students, two  HB Woodlawn secondary program students and one student from Wakefield High School were among the 16,000 students named nationally.  In addition, four students from Arlington County attending Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (in Fairfax), have been named National Merit semifinalists.  These students will have the opportunity to compete for approximately 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards totaling $36 million.


Great news from Newsweek’s High School rankings.

All four Arlington high schools were ranked in the top two percent of high schools in the nation according to this year’s Newsweek rankings.  Based on The Washington Post challenge index ranking schools based on AP and IB tests, HB Woodlawn ranked highest among the Arlington schools followed by Washington-Lee High School, Yorktown and Wakefield respectively.  To view more information, see the Arlington Public Schools press release .

Recent Poll Shows All Four Arlington High Schools in Top 1/2% in the Nation

Newsweek just came out with their annual ranking of high schools which  places all four Arlington Public Schools high schools in the top one-half percent of high schools in the United States. Rankings are determined by using The Washington Post Challenge Index, which uses the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken at a school divided by the total number of graduating seniors.  The results for the Arlington schools were:

H-B Woodlawn – ranked #36 (with a rating of 5.25);

Washington-Lee – ranked #67 (with a rating of 4.321);

Yorktown – ranked #98 (with a rating of 3.809); and

Wakefield – ranked #125 (with a rating of 3.5).

For the Arlington press release go to this link.