Admissions Statistics for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)
In response to a reader question about minority acceptance rate to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), ranked the best U.S. public high school for the last four years by U.S. News and World Report, Jay Mathews of the Washington Post shares the following data:
The admissions statistics for the Jefferson class of 2014, this year's ninth-graders, show there were 3,119 applicants, of which 480, or 15.4 percent, were admitted. This included 272 boys (16.4 percent of those that applied) and 208 girls (14.2 percent of applicants.)
Looking at applicants of different ethnicities, the crux of Meikle's question, 184 African Americans applied and four (2.3 percent of those applying) were admitted. With Hispanics, the figures were 225 applied and 13 (5.8 percent) admitted. In the multiracial category, 190 applied and 21 (11 percent) were admitted.
The number of whites (1,277) and Asians (1,243) who applied was close, but their admission rates were not. Of whites, 166 (13 percent) were admitted and 276 Asians (22.2 percent) were admitted.
In 2011, 3,310 students applied for admission to the Class of 2015 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. 1,562 of those students qualified for the semifinalist pool from which 480 were selected for admission. An additional 50 students were placed in a wait pool from which students may be offered admissions, if spaces are available, in July 2011 after the summer round of freshman admissions is completed.