40 Loudoun Schools Rank Top in State

Loudoun County’s public schools fared well in Niche’s annual ranking of Virginia’s best schools.

The organization ranked Loudoun’s 79,000-student school system as the third best school district in Virginia, behind Arlington Public Schools and Falls Church City Public Schools, respectively. And 40 of Loudoun County’s public schools made it to the top of Niche’s list of top 100 schools.

Niche is an organization that publishes information about schools and districts to parents researching schools. It ranks the top 100 elementary, middle, and high schools in each state by exploring SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratios, the quality of colleges students consider and reviews from parents and students.

Twelve of the county’s 15 high schools made the list of 100 best high schools in Virginia. They include (with state ranking): Stone Bridge High School (5th), Dominion High School (16th), Loudoun Valley High School (19th), Briar Woods High School (20th), Loudoun County High School (23rd), Broad Run High School (27th), Freedom High School (37th), Woodgrove High School (40th), Tuscarora High School (43rd), John Champe High School (50th), Heritage High School (54th), and Potomac Falls High School (56th).

All but three of the county’s middle schools made the list. They are (with state ranking): Farmwell Station Middle School (10th), J. Michael Lunsford Middle School (11th), Belmont Ridge Middle School (16th), Harper Park Middle School (19th), Eagle Ridge Middle School (22nd), Blue Ridge Middle School (24th), Mercer Middle School (30th), Stone Hill Middle School (33rd), River Bend Middle School (40th), Harmony Middle School (46th), Seneca Ridge Middle School (52nd), J.L. Simpson Middle School (54th), and Smart’s Mill Middle School (84th).

Fifteen of the county’s 55 elementary schools made the list. They are (with state ranking): Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School (55th), Sanders Corner Elementary School (62nd), Round Hill Elementary School (63rd), Arcola Elementary School (69th), Sycolin Creek Elementary School (71st), Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary School (73rd), Meadowland Elementary School (78th), Mill Run Elementary School (79th), Belmont Station Elementary School (82nd), Legacy Elementary School (87th), Newton-Lee Elementary School (88th), Little River Elementary School (92nd), Evergreen Mill Elementary School (95th), Lowe’s Island Elementary School (98th), and Liberty Elementary School (99th).

One thought on “40 Loudoun Schools Rank Top in State

  • 2017-07-06 at 11:57 am

    This story epitomizes what’s wrong with our K-12 educational system today. The “rankings” are based almost solely on the aptitude of the students and NOT on the quality of the teachers or education provided.

    We saw that Rolling Ridge produced amazingly high growth scores. That means students learned more from RR’s teachers, regardless of where they started, than students at other schools. Yet Rolling Ridge is not on the list. Not because their teachers are ineffective but because they teach mostly disadvantaged students. And there almost certainly schools on this list with mediocre teaching but who happen to have extremely talented students. These “rankings” measure only achievement, not growth.

    In fact, Stone Bridge HS was found to have underperformed when compared to similarly affluent students around the country and world. Yet, they supposedly rank 5th. LCPS stopped participating in the PISA program that showed areas for improvement for Stone Bridge. And then our know-nothing school board moved to stopped all objective evaluation of our students and schools.

    When is Loudoun going to stop being a county of pretenders and start honestly assessing our performance? Maybe that is why Asst Supt Ambrose got fed up and went back to SC. Their students are not as talented but SC is willing to honestly evaluate itself and improve.

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