Nine FCPS High Schools Make Jay Mathews 2022 List of Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.

May 02, 2022

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Nine Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) high schools are listed on the Jay Mathews Challenge Index of the most demanding public schools in the country and are featured in the 2022 list of the top 300 U.S. high schools

McLean High School had the top ranking of FCPS high schools on the list, which is based on a formula devised by Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews. The Challenge Index measures public and private high schools’ ability to challenge their students. A school’s ranking is determined by dividing the number of college-level tests given by a school to all its students by the number of graduates for that year. The index is designed to identify schools that challenge average students. 


Note: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which serves students across the region, was not included in the list because of its selective admissions process. It is recognized in a separate group of top-performing schools with elite students.