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  1. #1 Best Public High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

    Fairfax County Public Schools, VA,

    9-12,

    554 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I've had a lot of fun at TJ. I'm a senior and I've really enjoyed my 3.5 years at TJ so far! Fingers crossed for college decisions.I like the nerdy atmosphere. It's really nice to sit around before school starts talking about the latest research and our favorite books. I've also had really good luck with teachers. Every teacher in all four years has been really good. I especially like DNA and Biotech. Lots of fun toys and we get to design our experiments!Marching band is really fun and anyone who plays a band instrument should join. You make a lot of friends that way. Homecoming is always really fun. Homecoming will probably be delayed. I hope COVID vaccines will be out for the general public by the end of the year so we can have senior homecoming! It's very...About workload, I've never been overwhelmed and I had time to goof off and relax even during junior year..

    Read 554 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,809,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

  2. #3 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    National Cathedral School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    WASHINGTON, DC,

    4-12,

    71 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says Absolutely top notch school . Our junior (11th grade) joined in 6th grade and it has been very socially fulfilling and academically rigorous but with support systems in place as needed. Over the....

    Read 71 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 597,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  3. #4 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Holton-Arms School

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    Private School,

    BETHESDA, MD,

    3-12,

    133 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says We have two daughters at Holton, both started in the 3rd grade and we are currently working our way through the middle school. We can not say enough good things about Holton. It is a warm loving....

    Read 133 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 665,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  4. #9 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    The Potomac School

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    Private School,

    MCLEAN, VA,

    K-12,

    75 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says Both my children went here and they received an outstanding education, flourished in a small environment that challenged them and encouraged them at the same time. They found their passions, were....

    Read 75 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,060,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  5. #10 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    BASIS Independent McLean

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    Private School,

    MCLEAN, VA,

    PK, K-12,

    43 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says My kids have been attending Basis since before the pandemic, and we are so impressed! Rich academic curriculum, good inclusion of the arts, excellent opportunity for differentiation based on student....

    Read 43 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 522,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  6. #11 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Maret School

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    Private School,

    WASHINGTON, DC,

    K-12,

    48 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says I am currently a Maret School grandmother. My daughter attended, and now her son attends. For that reason, I am one of the oldest people involved with the school, although several teachers are...I would like to have more land to expand!.

    Read 48 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 651,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  7. #13 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Washington International School

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    Private School,

    WASHINGTON, DC,

    PK, K-12,

    52 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says My experience at WIS has been overwhelmingly positive. As a senior, it is great to have access to our own indoor/outdoor lounge and a cafe! The campus is beautiful and the academics are rigorous. It...It is also important to note that students at WIS tend to be more stressed, driven, and over-achieving. As all students take the rigorous full IB program in addition to hours of extracurriculars and....

    Read 52 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 901,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  8. #3 Best Public High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Walt Whitman High School

    Montgomery County Public Schools, MD,

    9-12,

    235 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says My experience at Walt Whitman High School was relatively positive. When I look back at my high school experience I will have lots of wonderful memories thanks to the community that Whitman provided....

    Read 235 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,039,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

  9. #16 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    Pinnacle Academy

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    Private School,

    CHANTILLY, VA,

    PK, K-12,

    24 Niche users give it an average review of 4.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says I met with this school when I moved to NOVA. I have two kids graduated from Pinnacle Academy. First of all, the teachers are so passionate and dedicated to their craft. My kids had incredible...Secondly, the school has the powerful and challenging academic curriculum. I followed my kids improving themselves at finding out and expecting higher from themselves as well. Now, my daughter and my...They loved the school environment and they were happy.Highly recommend!.

    Read 24 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 188,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  10. #18 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    ALEXANDRIA, VA,

    PK, K-12,

    132 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says As the parent of two children in the lower school, I am extremely pleased with SSSAS. The Early Saints teachers make each day engaging for my 3-year-old. The monthly units the ES learn have prompted my son to apply what he’s learned to the world around him (the food unit they...My experiences with JK and K were also nothing short of fantastic; even during the pandemic the teachers were able to connect with my son. The K and 1st grade teachers have also provided my son a....

    Read 132 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,183,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  11. #5 Best Public High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area.

    McLean High School

    Fairfax County Public Schools, VA,

    9-12,

    329 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Offers a wide variety of opportunities for a diverse student body with exceptional academics, arts, and clubs & activities, where many students are able to go above and beyond pursuing their....

    Read 329 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,369,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,