Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has been named the top high school in the nation, again.
In a new Newsweek ranking, Fairfax’s magnet school was rated as the best in the country based on “student achievement and college readiness indicators,” according to a report in the magazine.
“I’m certainly proud of students and staff for the work that they do,” said principal Evan Glazer. “What's important for us and what we value at this school is not solely our specific ranking. . . We placed emphasis on inquiry and research and a cultivate a different type of learning environment here, and that’s what we celebrate.”
Nonetheless, it’s not the first time that TJ, as the school near Alexandria is known, has received such accolades. The school is a perennial favorite in ranking systems, including the standard lists from the U.S. News and World Report.
“With its focus on student-driven research, specialized college-level course work in subjects like computer science and bio-nanotechnology, and high proportion of faculty holding Ph.D.s, Thomas Jefferson hardly resembles a conventional high school,” according to the Newsweek article.
The school is currently being renovated, and the construction includes new facilities for a neuroscience lab and oceanography classes.
Glazer said that the new classrooms may be shared by students throughout the county as part of a new partnership between students at TJHSST and their counterparts at other Fairfax high schools. The renovation is scheduled to reach completion before 2017.