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Asian Students Dominate Admissions To Elite Thomas Jefferson High School

Asian American students will make up 70 percent of the incoming freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the highest percentage ever for the elite magnet school in Northern Virginia.

Next year’s freshman class reflects a widening demographic divide at TJ, as the Fairfax County school is known.

A decade ago, white students made up 53 percent of the teens admitted to the school offering courses in differential equations, artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Thirty-two percent of the admitted students were Asian.