Presentation on theme: "Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ)"— Presentation transcript:
0 ACPS Participation in Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Adele C. MorrisChairTalented and Gifted Advisory CommitteeAlexandria City Public Schools School BoardJune 4, 2013
1 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) Public high school, founded in 1985Funded by participating jurisdictions and state fundsAdministered by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)
2 Virginia Governor’s Schools TJ is the only Academic Year Governor’s School available to ACPS. Governor's Schools give gifted students opportunities beyond those at their home schools.VDOE: Governor’s Schools are “designed to assist divisions as they meet the needs of a small population of students whose learning levels are remarkably different from their age-level peers.”Approaches center on best practices in gifted education.
3 TJ Location: 3 miles from the City of Alexandria 6560 Braddock Rd,Alexandria, VABraddock Road
4 All jurisdictions surrounding the City of Alexandria participate in TJHSST. City of Falls Church and Counties of Fairfax,Arlington, Loudon, andPrince William participate.20% of TJHSST students come from outside Fairfax CountyTJ
5 What would “participation” mean? Annual contract with Fairfax County Public Schools, signed by ACPS Superintendent.Contract for participation in is due June 28, You could ask Dr. Sherman to request an extension.Would allow 8th grade students living in the City of Alexandria (including home and private school students) to apply this fall for entrance in 9th grade.ACPS compensates FCPS for educating City of Alexandria residents who attend TJ.
6 TJHSST Participation: Estimated Maximum Enrollment Scenario Academic YearEstimated Tuition Per Student ($)Estimated Renovation Fee Per Student ($)Est. Total Per Student ($)Est. Maximum Number of Students from AlexandriaTotal Estimated Compensation to FCPS ($)13,2371,84715,08414211,17213,63415,48127417,98314,04315,89040635,59414,46416,31153864,490Assumes:Every ACPS freshman slot filled & one sophomore admission in 2014Current relative enrollment levels in ACPS and participating jurisdictionsAnnual tuition increase of 3%, starting from estimated tuition.Amortized (not lump sum) renovation fee optionFCPS does not provide transportation for Alexandria studentsA separate cost would accrue if ACPS chooses to offer transport.
7 How is TJ different from a typical high school? “Blows off the ceiling” in science, technology, engineering, and mathAdvanced STEM-centric learning environmente.g. Two DNA classes, quantum mechanics, numerical analysis, roboticsFocus on research, including mentoring by scientists and engineers in area laboratoriesExtracurricular activities for STEM enthusiasts, e.g.Clubs for robotics and nanotechnologyBiology and Chemistry OlympiadsPhysics teamWomen’s science clubsA math team3 computer teams
9 Highly advanced lab facilities, such as: Prototyping lab w/ computer- controlled laser cutterLabs for supercomputer, computer modeling, computer architecture, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.Lab for neurorobotics, electrophysiology, and neuroinformatics.Computer-aided design lab with latest design software.Optics lab with a scanning tunneling microscope and several lasers.
10 What’s the process/schedule for participation? Illustrative TimelineDate/DeadlineActionMay 17, 2013Dr. Sherman received a FCPS letter inviting ACPS participation in TJHSST in academic year.June 4, 2013Tonight’s briefingJune 6-20, 2013Further discussion/vote at ACPS School Board meeting(s).June 28, 2013Participation contract due to FCPS (unless ACPS gets an extension).Fall 2013Interested 8th grade students apply to TJHSST and take entrance exam. Applications are due in October. Entrance exam is in December.Spring 2014ACPS adopts a budget for the fiscal year that includes estimated funds for TJHSST costs.March 29, 2014Approximate date applicants learn whether they are acceptedSept. 2, 2014First group of ACPS students matriculate at TJHSSTDecember 1, 2014First year payment due from ACPS to FCPS
11 Advisory Committee Recommendations Embrace the opportunity to blow off the ceiling. Offer students this incredible option.If you need more time to deliberate, ask Dr. Sherman to request an extension from FCPS.Take a tour of TJ and talk to students and teachers.Vote YES to participate in TJHSST.Offer an entrance test prep class, subsidized for students eligible for free/reduced price meals.
13 TJ Renovation Underway Now $90+ million50% increase in space with no more students130,000 sq. ft. addition, including new labs for oceanography, chemical analysis, neuroscience, energy systems, and more.
14 How does FCPS determine the maximum cap on attendance by City of Alexandria students? Total TJHSST incoming class size = 480.ACPS cap = 480 x Number of 8th graders in ACPS Number of 8th graders in all participating jurisdictionsACPS cap would be about 13 per class yearAlexandria students would comprise at most 2.9% of TJHSST’s student body13 students = about 1.7% of ACPS’ 8th grade student body You can choose a lower cap (but no other jurisdictions do that).Sophomores can apply if you allow it ( for about 10 to 18 10th grade slots total each year)Actual enrollment will depend on how many get in…
15 How competitive is admission to TJHSST? Very competitive.Application requires an entrance exam. Semi-finalists submit teacher recommendations, grades, essay.Applicants must have completed Algebra 1 by the end of 8th grade.Last year 3,423 students applied and 480 were accepted, an acceptance rate of about 14%.Arlington had 160 applicants for 30 slots, a 19% acceptance rate.Students do well once they’re in.Less than 4% leave TJ (for all reasons) from freshman to sophomore yearAbout 93% stay at TJ and graduate
16 Other ConsiderationsCurrently, some families avoid Alexandria to preserve their option for TJ.Participation in TJ would send a welcoming message to high achieving families.STEMbassadors program brings TJ students back to home districts for STEM outreach to younger ACPS students.FCPS trains designated middle school counselors to shepherd students through the admissions process.ACPS can offer an admissions test or send students to FCPS for the exam.
17 Financial Details and Considerations ACPS compensates FCPS for any Individualized Education Plan services.ACPS cannot charge parents tuition.ACPS can establish a scholarship fund to defray its expenses.Less than 8% of TJ students come from private/home schools.Some savings could arise from not serving students in ACPS schools.Average general education cost per pupil in ACPS in FY 12 = $14,267.All participating jurisdictions currently provide transportation.
18 How does FCPS calculate tuition? Tuition has 4 components:ComponentActualEstimatedFCPS Cost Per Pupil$ ,160$ ,285Incremental Cost Per Pupil for TJHSST$ ,898$ ,988State payment(20% of state aid per pupil)$ (874)$ (874)Discount for FCPS not providing transport$ (548)$ (548)Total Tuition per Student$ ,636$ ,851Tuition rises each year with FCPS general education (high school) cost per pupil.The rise from to will be less than 1%.The rise from to was about 5.8%.Earlier slide assumes 3% annual increase in tuition.
19 What is the renovation recovery fee? Under the current FCPS proposal, ACPS would have two choices to fund the costs of the renovation:Option 1 $1,847 Per Pupil Paid Annually for 33 YearsOption 2 $2,469 Per Pupil x 20 Years, Lump Sum PaymentThe actual fee could be different than values above if actual renovation costs are different than projected.Once the renovation is done, the capital fee will not increase.
20 What is the difference between TJHSST and a STEM Academy? The Virginia Dept. of Education calls Academic Year Governor’s Schools and STEM academies “complements.”3 out of the 5 TJ-participating jurisdictions also have STEM academiesThe two approaches serve different populations of students.STEM academy goals usually include:Workplace readinessHead start on a community college credentialTraining for skilled technical trades, such as automotive tech, medical tech, electronicsDropout prevention, increase college attendance, decrease need for remediation in collegeSTEM academies and TJHSST are both valuable ways to promote individual student achievement in STEM fields, but they serve very different purposes.
21 What input would ACPS have into the governance of TJHSST? According to the contract, superintendents and/or their designees can serve as an advisory board to the Division Superintendent of the Fairfax County Public Schools.ACPS teachers can help review admissions applications.Parents and students can join the active TJHSST Parent Teacher Student Association.Precedent: ACPS sends students to specialized schools that serve the deaf or disabled and does not have a representative on those schools’ boards.