Every year, around the country, high school students get their hands dirty with science projects—chemistry labs, robotics, that model of a volcano.
But one school just outside of Washington, D.C., Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was the first where students designed a satellite that was actually launched into space.
And that’s just one example of how extraordinary this school is. After all, it holds the top spot on the U.S. News and World Report ranking of public high schools.
If you’re wondering, yeah, it’s a public school, not one of those private schools with tuition as high as a college. And as a public school, it should be open to all the students in the district.
And that’s where the problem lies.
Not surprisingly more students want to go there than the school has slots for. A lot more. About 500 new freshmen matriculate to Thomas Jefferson every year out of roughly 3,000 that apply. That means for every 6 students that apply, just 1 gets a spot.