Thomas Jefferson High School

Close to three-quarters of the incoming class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology will be of Asian heritage, a figure in line with previous years, according to new data.

Fairfax County Public Schools, which operates the regional magnet school, reported that 494 students have been offered admission to the incoming Class of 2023, or about 18 percent of the 2,766 who applied.

About 72 percent of the incoming class resides in Fairfax County, with the remainder in other jurisdictions that send students to the school: Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the city of Falls Church.

About 90 percent of students offered admission come from public schools.

Just under 58 percent of students offered admission are male; males comprised 54 percent of applicants, Fairfax officials said.

Among various racial and ethnic groups:

• Asian students represented 54 percent of applicants and 73 percent of those accepted.

• White students represented 25 percent of applicants and 19 percent of those accepted.

• Latino students represented 8 percent of applicants and 2 percent of those accepted.

• Black students represented 7 percent of those who applied; according to Fairfax County data, fewer than 10 black students were admitted, officials said.

• Students who identified as multi-racial or “other” represented 6 percent of those who applied and 6 percent of those who were admitted. The percentage of those admitted includes black students.

Thomas Jefferson was established in 1985 to serve Fairfax County and other school districts across Northern Virginia that choose to participate. The selection process for admittance “involves a holistic review of each candidate’s semifinalist essay, teacher recommendations and student-authored information sheet, as well as consideration of grades and test scores on the admissions examination,” Fairfax school officials said.

A summer round of admissions, for eighth-graders who moved into a participating district after the start of school last year, will be announced later.

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All of you saying TJ is only for the rich who paid they're way in is completely false. I am personally one of those accepted. Neither I nor my parents paid any money at any point in my life to help me prepare to get in. Additionally, it is nothing close to racist. I recently went through the whole application process, and not once did race become a factor. It is entirely based on merit and those that think otherwise have been repeatedly proven wrong in lawsuits by people like you against TJ.

Julie McCandless

Completely agree. Take TJ private, rename TH "Cram Course Central" and have TJ's wealthy alums support TJ, not the Taxpayers.


Completely Agree. Wealthy TJ Alums should have taken TJ, aka Cram Course HS, private a decade go. TJ is Racist and Elitist and entrance depends on wealthy Parents spending many thousands on years of Cram Courses for their children. Tthis taxpayer scam should have bee investigated by the VA Department of Education years ago.


Mega [thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown] to this Cram Course School. Mega[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] to TJ's wealthy Alums taking TH private.

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