IS THERE A BETTER WAY?
It is remarkable for something else as well. Its schedule is different; every school day at Thomas Jefferson is lengthened by one period, during which every one of its 1,600 9th to 12th graders is required to participate in a student activity or related coursework such as tutoring, laboratories, or guidance activities. Daily schedules are also flexible enough to let every class meet for at least one double-period every week.
The selectivity of the school-and corporate sponsorship of state-of-the- art technological environments in areas such as optics, energy systems, telecommunications, biotechnology, and industrial robotics-makes it easy to overlook the school's schedule as a factor in its success.
What does the extra period mean in practice? According to sophomore Paul Helms, "It is one of the most important things in the school. I use it to go to both the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and to a Latin Honors class." Senior Seth Mitcho: "Eighth period has helped make this school the center of our lives and often of our families."
A schedule that helps make school the center of the lives of students and families may be the most remarkable thing about the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
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