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30 LCPS Schools included in Top 100 of U.S. News and World Report’s Ranking of Virginia Schools


U.S. News and World Report recently released their rankings of the best K-12 Virginia elementary, middle and high schools. Thirty Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) schools ranked in the top 100 schools as categorized by school level.  

For elementary schools, the following LCPS schools were ranked in the top 100 Virginia elementary schools:

  1. Madison’s Trust (Number 8)

  2. Rosa Lee Carter (Number 20)

  3. Emerick (Number 59)

  4. Aldie (Number 60) 

  5. Legacy (Number 68)

  6. Creighton’s Corner (Number 77)

  7. Moorefield Station (Number 86)

  8. Lowes Island (Number 97) 

  9. Mill Run (Number 100)

For middle schools, the following LCPS schools ranked in the top 100 Virginia middle schools: 

  1. Stone Hill (Number 14)

  2. Eagle Ridge (Number 46)

  3. J. Michael Lunsford (Number 61)

  4. Farmwell Station (Number 62)

  5. Mercer (Number 71)

  6. Belmont Ridge (Number 77)  

The elementary and middle school rankings were based on student achievement on Virginia math and reading assessments. U.S. News and World Report ranked 1,037 Virginia elementary schools and 1,005 Virginia middle schools.  

The following LCPS high schools ranked in the top 100 Virginia high schools:

  1. Briar Woods (Number 14)

  2. Rock Ridge (Number 16)

  3. Freedom (Number 18)

  4. Riverside (Number 19)

  5. Stone Bridge (Number 26)

  6. John Champe (Number 29)

  7. Independence (Number 40)

  8. Broad Run (Number 43)

  9. Loudoun County (Number 45)

  10. Potomac Falls (Number 50)

  11. Loudoun Valley (Number 51)

  12. Woodgrove (Number 52)

  13. Heritage (Number 55)

  14. Dominion (Number 58)

  15. Tuscarora (Number 86)

U.S. News and World Report ranked 336 Virginia high schools based on: 

  • College readiness, the portion of 12th graders who took and earned a qualifying score on at least one AP or IB exam.

  • State assessment proficiency, aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation.

  • Underserved student performance, scores on state assessments aggregated just among students who are Black, Hispanic and from low-income households. These scores are compared with what is typical in the state for non-underserved students, with parity or higher being the goal.

  • College curriculum breadth, the proportions of 12th graders who took and earned a qualifying score on AP and IB exams in multiple areas. 

  • Graduation rate, the proportion of entering ninth graders who graduated four academic years later.


The full ranking of the best K-12 Virginia schools can be found on the U.S. News and World Report website.





Published December 11, 2023