Resource: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, VA)
Website: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, VA)
Description: This is a public high school in Virginia offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics and technology. The school serves students selected on the basis of aptitude, their interest in the biological, physical, mathematical, and computer sciences, and their intention to pursue college preparation in the sciences, engineering, or related fields.

Comments: Contributed by: Parent on 5/6/2004
This school is one of the best schools in the nation with the greatest number of National Merit Scholarship Finalists in the nation almost every year. This is a highly competitive school to gain admission. The selection is based on an administered TJHSST entrance exam, grades, three essays, three teacher recommendations, and a data sheet completed by prospective students that allows them to list up to four activities in science, math, technology, and other categories. The screening process includes a pool of students selected on test scores and grades. From this pool, the final selection is completed through a review of the complete portfolio by (approximately) 15 individual assessors who consider all entrance criteria. The final selection is for 425 students for each selection class annually. The school has outstanding and dedicated faculty, allows much intellectual freedom, offers a diverse range of activities and has extraordinary sponsorship of participation of academic pursuits at the school, regional, state, national, and international levels. In junior and senior years, the students participate in a senior lab and have the opportunity for mentorships and internships with individuals and partner businesses. This is the only school in the nation with a Cray supercomputer.

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