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Thomas Jefferson High Named National Title I Distinguished School

The National Title I Association announced that Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies has been named a National Title I Distinguished School. Thomas Jefferson High is one of only two schools in Louisiana and around 100 nationally being recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2017.

“It’s especially rewarding because I believe this distinction is a direct result of the years of hard work and dedication of our teachers, students, staff, and the entire school community,” said Thomas Jefferson High Principal Andrew Vincent.

Much of the school’s success can be attributed to expanded Advanced Placement classes and College Board testing programs, as well as an increased emphasis on ACT prep. Vincent said more students are taking and passing AP tests. The number of students passing AP tests tripled over the past two years. The average ACT score for graduating seniors in 2017 was 26.7. That number has seen steady growth the past two years as well.

Outside the main content areas, the school’s Talented Theater and Talented Art teachers help their students attain college credit. Teachers in other classes like social studies, health, and P.E. also find ways to fit ACT prep into their day. Vincent credits his teachers, who have “worked tirelessly to create an atmosphere and culture of success in the school.”

“I believe we have crafted a truly unique school atmosphere designed to give a greater number of students an opportunity to achieve at their greatest potential.”

The National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996 to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title I federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students.