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Alexandria Area Ranks 1st in U.S. Top Public Schools

George Mason Elementary School - Alexandria, VA
A recent study from, “10 Best Cities To Use Public Schools,” has ranked public schools in Fairfax County and Alexandria, Virginia as the BEST in the U.S.A.  The study does note Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is considered better than Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS).

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Fairfax County) listed as the best magnet high school in the Northern Virginia area.

The study analyzed data from several key areas, including SAT and ACT scores, graduation rates, student-to-teacher ratio, per-pupil spending and crimes per square mile.

Rounding out the top five (5) public schools in the U.S.A. were Scottsdale, AZ, Austin, TX, Charleston, SC, and Raleigh, NC.

For the full list and more information, including the methodology used to determine the rankings, visit this link.

(Flickr Pool photo via Jim Larrison, on Flickr)

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Before wading into the bogus world of school rankings these people should have studied a map. TJ isn’t in the City of Alexandria and the City of Alexandria isn’t part of Fairfax. Did the poster of this article not read the full description provided by Come on, it’s laughable at best.

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A more interesting piece would be on the mass exodus of talented teachers & admins from TC thanks to the quite ineffectual new principal. But I guess that’s to be expected from a system run by someone who doesn’t even live in the city!