Marshall placed sixth in Virginia and 251st nationally on a U.S. News best high schools ranking based on exams and college readiness earlier this month.

Data reveals Marshall has a 95 percent graduation rate and a 16 to 1 student-teacher ratio.

Sophomore Isabel Church said Marshall should continue to improve in academics to achieve a higher rating in the future.

“I’m proud to be in a school that is ranked so highly,” Church said.

Due to the low number of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in Virginia compared to Advanced Placement (AP) schools, principal Jeff Litz said the rankings may not be accurate as they do not factor the difference between IB and AP.

“[The U.S. News ranking] speaks to the hard work of our students and to the hard work of our faculty and staff, as well as our parents who support us.” Litz said.