TJ Again Ranked Number One
During the first week of school, TJ received the news that it had again been ranked America’s Number One High School, this time by Newsweek. Principal Glazer expressed pride in his message as he informed faculty and staff of the honor, while acknowledging that rankings can never accurately measure the quality of their interactions with students or the true value of their work.
Newsweek’s revised “college readiness score,” which was based on published data from the 2011-2012 school year, included two new variables not included in prior years: pupil/counselor ratio and attrition rate. With their scientific background and logical bent, TJ students understand well the limitations of any ranking, but that doesn’t stop them from celebrating the announcement. In fact, it’s a TJ tradition to celebrate a Number One ranking with “#1 cake,” courtesy of the PTSA.
Along with its ranking, Newsweek published an article, “The Number One High School in America Offers a Real Head Start,” portraying a TJ that more than lives up to its reputation. With its emphasis on research, PhD-level faculty, involved alumni, and supportive atmosphere, TJ “hardly resembles a conventional high school,” the Newsweek author maintained. Assistant Principal Tinell Pridy was quoted stating that when the renovation is done, “there will be no high school the likes of [Thomas Jefferson] in the country.”