From Washington Post by Emma Brown:
A new player is entering the crowded field of businesses that aim to help eighth-grade students improve their chances of admission to Fairfax County’s elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Aristotle Circle is a New York-based college-counseling firm that has been featured in news stories for offering test-prep services to children as young as four, whose striving parents are seeking an edge in the fight for spots Manhattan’s selective preschools.

Now the company is turning its attention to Thomas Jefferson. On Monday, Aristotle Circle will publish what the company says is the first test-prep workbook specifically designed for preparing students to take the TJ entrance exam.

The firm is marketing the book — which will retail at $199 and include about 300 sample questions, answers and explanations — as a low-cost alternative to test-prep courses and one-on-one tutors, which can cost thousands of dollars a year.

“We want a level playing field,” said Suzanne Rheault, the company’s chief executive, who hinted that the workbook might even hold the key to improving racial diversity at TJ, where Latino and black students have long been underrepresented.

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