The list of 2013 Top Virginia High Schools has been released by Virginia Living Magazine. These schools are recognized for excellence and innovation in five categories: arts and humanities, science, math and technology, co-ops and partnerships, athletics, and capital improvements.
According to a statement released by Christine Stoddard, assistant editor at Virginia Living, “After thorough review of each school’s programs and accomplishments, Virginia Living’s editors selected schools that have instituted programs or recently begun capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experiences in and beyond the classroom.”
Pope John Paul the Great High School in Dumfries is one of the schools named in the article as a 2013 Top Virginia High School for the school’s unique and innovative bioethics curriculum.
“I am delighted to see that our bioethics curriculum is gaining momentum throughout the commonwealth of Virginia,” said Dominican Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, principal of John Paul the Great. “We have been encouraged by colleges who see our curriculum as something that prepares students for success. Many of our alumni say that the bioethics curriculum has given them an advantage in critical thinking and discussion at the college level.
“Being recognized as a top school in Virginia is yet another confirmation that our students are being prepared for higher education in a unique and valuable way.”
Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia was recognized in the category of Science, Math, & Technology for its High Flight Program, which is a preparatory track specifically designed for students who wish to attend a United States service academy and/or become a military officer.
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program and Wakefield High School are also featured in Virginia Living’s Top High Schools and Colleges 2013 list. Both schools are in Arlington, Virginia. H-B Woodlawn appears in the Arts and Humanities category for its flexible education plan and Wakefield appears in the Co-Ops and Partnerships category for its partnership with Signature Theater.