Best Schools in Northern Virginia
K-12 Education
Overview

Best Schools in Northern Virginia

Schools in Fairfax, Virginia and the surrounding area are routinely ranked as the top in the state and even the country.

Students in Northern Virginia join diverse student bodies and small class sizes to learn how to be leaders and change the world. Experiential learning programs, internships, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, fine arts programs and top-ranked athletics are at the ready as students find and pursue their passions.

Graduates of Northern Virginia schools go on to prestigious colleges and universities, many receiving scholarships thanks to their performance in rigorous program offerings.

Top Ranked Academics and Diversity

Fairfax County Public Schools is the 10th largest district in the U.S. Its Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, established through a partnership between Fairfax County Public Schools and private industry STEM leaders, is ranked #1 in the nation by both U.S. News & World Report and Niche.

Championing diversity, Alexandria City Public Schools enrolls 15,000 K-12 students hailing from 120 countries and speaking more than 120 languages and ranks as the nation’s #12 most diverse school district according to Niche. Arlington Public Schools’ student population of 28,000 is also one of the nation’s most diverse, with over 150 countries and 110 languages represented across the district.

Other public districts in Northern Virginia also rank highly in academics and athletics, including Falls Church City Public Schools, Fauquier County Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools and Prince William County Public Schools.

Best in the State

Niche’s 2020 ranking of private schools in Virginia found all of the top four schools to be in Northern Virginia. At the top of the list, The Potomac School’s graduates from the 2015-2019 classes can be found at every single Ivy League institution.

Teacher engagement and student success are central at #2-ranked Episcopal High School in Alexandria, where the average class size is 11 and each teacher has three seated meals with students every week. Every senior works, conducts research or pursues a creative project during an on-site externship and alumni go on to be Rhodes Scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners and governors.

Madeira, an all-girls private boarding and day school in Fairfax County, and Flint Hill School, a co-ed school in Fairfax County with an award-winning robotics team, round out Niche’s top 4.