Arlington High Schools Get Top Marks from Newsweek

by ARLnow.com June 15, 2010 at 6:53 am 5,684 4 Comments

H-B Woodlawn received the highest ranking of all Washington-area high schools on Newsweek’s latest list of the top high schools in the country.

H-B Woodlawn placed 27th on the annual list, which ranks high schools by dividing the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests taken by students by the number of graduating seniors.

Washington-Lee and Yorktown both cracked the top 100, ranking 62nd and 82nd in the nation respectively. Wakefield High School ranked number 375. Wakefield is in the process of having its current facility replaced with a new, $105 million building.

“We have improved dramatically over the years and we are continuing our work to find other ways to improve and enhance the instructional program for students,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy in a statement.

See the Newsweek list here.

  • John Antonelli

    Wakefield is in the process of having its facility replaced??

    News to me. As I recall the bond issue has not even gone to the voters never mind construction beginning.

    • It should come as no surprise that the county board approved its Capital Improvement Plan tonight, which includes bond funding for the new Wakefield High School. To my knowledge, Arlington voters have yet to reject a bond issue in the past 30 or so years, so there seems to be little doubt that this will go through.

      That said, we’re considering the bond issue part of “the process” for the purposes of this article.

  • Bill Spanos

    I have two grandsons who attend HB Woodlawn, and naturally I am very proud of that, and, the fact that
    HB Woodlawn once again has received such a high ranking in this category for high schools. Having said that,
    I continue to be puzzled by the fact that $100M+ has been expended for W & L’s new physical plant, and nearly
    the same amount for Yorktown, and probably close to or more than that will be expended for Wakefield’s new
    building. In the meantime, does the condition of the physical plant of HB Woodlawn even make it on the radar
    screen of the Arlington County School Board? My wife who attended all of her elementary/middle/high school education
    (Reed/Swanson/W&L) in Arlington, has commented many times while attending events at HB Woodlawn for our grandsons,
    that some of the same conditions exist at HB as she remembers during her early years. In fact, she recalls that the physical condition of the original HB, now the Captial Hospice about two blocks from our house, was in much better
    condition than the current HB building. So, I am confused; while HB Woodlawn and its students continue to achieve academic excellence and national recognition, locally it is treated as a step child by its own School Board.

  • Marty

    I think Wakefield is the high school that has been neglected until now, not HB Woodlawn. It means that people with children who look at Arlington to live will look for homes in North Arlington not South Arlington thus increasing the value of real estate north of Route 50. W & L is already overcapacity putting students in trailers or adjusting class schedules to accomodate the overflow. Perhaps they should consider moving or adding the IB program to the Wakefield curriculum since it is so popular at W&L?


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