It was with alarm that several faculty members of Connelly School of the Holy Child read William Raspberry's editorial "The Disappearing Scientist" {Nov. 23}. The concern expressed by several teachers centered on the bleak picture painted of a future devoid of American scientists.

At Connelly School, a college-prep high school for young women, we find a projection at odds with this assessment. Each year a greater percentage of our graduates opt to pursue degrees and careers in the sciences. A sampling of the school's recent graduates attests to this fact: environmental biology, medical technology, genetic engineering, plant physiology, medical research, engineering, architecture, dentistry, nursing, medicine, psychiatry and audiology were their cited majors. Thus, though we are acutely aware that fewer grants and less funding are available for science programs, we must disagree with Robert Bottoms of DePauw University when he observes that "high school science education has slipped, the brighter students having learned from their advisers that they can make a lot of money doing something else."

Where we do agree with Mr. Raspberry's conclusions is in his view that "it is the failure to excite students about science that helps to account for the crisis." At our school, as at many other fine high schools in the area, more than 50 percent of students are eagerly enrolling in science courses beyond the required curriculum. Eighty-five percent of the students at our school are currently enrolled in science classes. The level of their excitement is evident in their numerous awards from various organizations. Moreover, many students work in science-related internships at the National Institutes of Health, the Naval Academy, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Naval Observatory. They and a dedicated faculty are working effectively to disprove the thesis that America "will run out of scientists in the next 10 or 15 years." MARY J. KOSCH Academic Vice Principal, Connelly School of the Holy Child Potomac