Readers’ Choice: Best High School in Fairfax County

Show some school pride and vote for your alma mater.

Update: You nominated eleven high schools across Fairfax County, and now, five have moved on to the voting round of Patch's Readers' Choice 2012.

Here's your chance to put your money (er -- vote) where your mouth is. Cast a vote for Centreville (Centreville), George C. Marshall (Falls Church/Vienna), Madison (Vienna), McLean (McLean) or South Lakes (Reston) High Schools to help crown a winner.

Voting opens July 23 and continues through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 17. Only one vote per user — tell your friends and family to log on to pick their favorite, too!

Original: Fairfax County is home to some of the best high schools in the country — not the least being Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which was ranked no. 2 in the country by U.S. News earlier this year.

But there’s more to great high schools than national magazine rankings. Awesome teachers, school spirit and myriad other factors count.

So you tell us -- which high school in Fairfax County is the best? Only one can be crowned the Patch Readers’ Choice Best High School.

We’ll keep accepting nominations through July 9. After that, nominations will be closed and we’ll start the voting, so make sure to get in your favorites now.

All you need to do to nominate a high school is to add it in the comments below. If you already see the one you want to nominate, make sure to add your comment about why it should be included, because we may not be able to add all high schools in the county to our poll and we want to make sure the top ones make it into the poll.

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Katherine Rogers June 22, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Dean Howarth is an outstanding teachers and has influenced and enlightened so many students in the Sciences and Arts. He is why McLean High School is the very best school in Fairfax County.
Dave C. June 22, 2012 at 01:05 PM
McLean High School was and is the best! To be fair though, it was the only high school I ever went to. :)
Dave C. June 22, 2012 at 01:08 PM
WOW! Dean Howarth still teaches at McLean?? He was my physics teacher way back in 1995!
Chris June 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM
R. July 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Marshall -- so many things going on under one roof -- the business school, the vocational center, handicapped center, IB program, AP classes -- it's all there and doing well.
Alden July 09, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Mount Vernon Marshalls all the way. Talk about a turnaround. With a focused and engaged principal, students who perform well on standardized tests and top-notch performance (band and chorus) and athletics programs, the school is far and away one of the best.
Groovis Maximus July 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Susan Sather July 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM
South Lakes!
Josephine L. Brown August 01, 2012 at 03:31 PM
South Lakes of course!
Janet Day August 01, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Go Seahawks!
Leann Yoder August 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
South lakes!!!
Jennifer Davis Heffner August 02, 2012 at 02:44 AM
SLHS! Home of the Seahawks and darn proud of it!
Beth Tecala August 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
carol August 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Marshal - small school big heart
Mary Hagopian August 03, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Marshall! Go Statesmen!
Erica R. Hendry August 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Thanks for the votes everyone. As a reminder: Only votes in the poll above count for this round (but please keep commenting to convince other readers why they should vote for your school!). Voting is open until Aug. 17.
MJ Andres August 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Barbara scott August 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Marshall without a doubt!
Nancy Cintorino August 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Kathy DeLucia August 03, 2012 at 05:15 PM
jody toser August 03, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Marshall! It's a small school with a BIG heart. The principal, faculty and students are supportive of each other--a winning combination!
Miriam Kreykes August 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Sandra Frederick August 04, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Go Madison! Go Warhawks!
A August 04, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Marshall all day!
DW August 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Where is Langley, they have higher test scores than any of these schools!!!!!
Karen Goff August 07, 2012 at 02:04 AM
DW - The contest was open for reader nominations in June. These are the schools that the readers nominated.
Josephine L. Brown August 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Not about the test scores, about the best place to be, best teachers, students and wonderful environment! Home of the Seahawks and darn proud of it!
Lorraine O'Reilly August 12, 2012 at 01:02 AM
DW test sxores are not all that make a school the best. I think that good teachers and well rounded students involved in meaningful extra-curricular activites are what make a school a great place to lean. Madison offers that. Go Warhawks!!!
Kath August 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Marshall. I went straight to college after my junior year because Marshall had such a good rep. That was many years ago so I can't speak to today's Marshall, but historically it was the best! It laid a great foundation for my ability to excel in college and law school!
Michelle Pettis August 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM


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