Students at Northern Virginia's first magnet high school for science and technology, scheduled to open this fall, would like to have football and basketball teams and a computer club in addition to classes in Japanese and advanced calculus, according to a survey by school officials.
The school, to be housed in the Thomas Jefferson High School in Annandale, is attracting corporate donations at the rate of $12,000 a day, David E. Sawyer, an assistant Fairfax County school superintendent, told the county School Board last week.
Corporations have donated more than $1 million for computers and laboratories.
The school has accepted 132 seniors and 360 ninth-graders for next year from Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the cities of Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.
Nineteen students are on the waiting list.
More than two-thirds of the freshmen are male. Three-quarters are white, 3.3 percent are black, 1.4 percent have a Spanish surname and 19.4 percent are of Asian-Pacific background, according to School Board figures.
The freshmen, polled on their extracurricular interests, indicated that their biggest sports interests are football, basketball, swimming and diving, boys' soccer and coed track.
Least popular sports are cheerleading, in which only seven students said they might be interested, and girls' gymnastics, which six said that they might enjoy.
The most popular club would appear to be the junior computer team, which has 51 prospective members.
The English club, Japanese club, concert band, independent study and typing each mustered only one interested student in the survey.
Forty additional freshmen who moved to Northern Virginia after the Dec. 17 school application deadline will be admitted this summer.
All prospective freshmen and seniors from the Groveton and Fort Hunt high school districts will have a second chance to apply because of the School Board's vote to merge their schools into West Potomac High School.
Jefferson has been designated as one of four regional magnet schools and is receiving $300,000 in start-up funds from the state.