Young Scholars Circle Courses Help Students Gain Admission to Prestigious High School
Young Scholars Circle, a Virginia-based organization offering test prep and academic tutoring, announced this week that several of their students have been admitted to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). TJHSST is ranked #1 Best Public High School in Virginia and Best STEM High School in Virginia by Niche, a trusted provider of public data analysis. The admission results were announced on Friday, March 31st.
TJHSST had 3,160 total applicants for the 2018-2019 school year. Thirty-eight (38) of these applicants attended TJHSST courses at Young Scholars Circle (YSC). The high school identified 1,180 semifinalists, 30 of which were from the YSC group. This means that 79% of the applicants who took the TJHSST course at YSC were semifinalists for admission. This is astounding when you consider that only 37% of high school’s total applicants were named as semifinalists.
A total of 485 students were admitted to TJHSST, or 41% of the semifinalists and 15% of the total applicants. Twenty-three (23) of the students that attended YSC gained admission to the prestigious high school. This is 77% of the semifinalists from the YSC group, or 61% of the organization’s total applicants.
“The test scores show improvement for all applicants, whether they were admitted or not.” said Krishna Belino Cart, Curriculum Director, Reading Specialist, and Literary Coach at Young Scholars Circle. “Our experienced team of teachers created and compiled the tests, as no one can purchase commercially prepared materials for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. We spent many sleepless nights planning instruction and creating materials. This was the first year that the high school had changed the exam, and we had to make an educated guess as to what might be on the test.”
Young Scholars Circle offers test prep and academic tutoring to students from elementary school through high school. YSC helps students prepare for a variety of tests. Their TJHSST course is available to 6th, and 7th graders and is taught by licensed teachers specializing in math, science, and reading. The achievements of YSC’s students on the TJHSST test showcase the organization’s commitment to helping their students excel.
About Young Scholars Circle
Young Scholars Circle provides academic tutoring and test prep for students of all ages. YSC’s team has conducted numerous workshops and presentations both nationally and abroad. They offer a variety courses for elementary, middle school, and high school students. YSC also offers a selection of STEM courses.
What Students Are Saying About the New TJ Test
What did our students say about the new TJ test?
We have about 35 students who took our TJ Comprehensive, Intensive and Score Booster Courses. Not all of them have the same amount of preparation. Some took one course only, and some took combination of our courses to focus on their areas of needs based on the ongoing assessments.
Quant Q Math
We are so pleased with the feedback of our students that our Math mock tests are similar in types but easier in terms of difficulty level. One of our female students specifically identified the type of questions that mostly appear were some of the lessons that she took in our Math Intensive and TJ Score Booster classes.
TJ Reading Aspire Test
More than half of the students who contacted us via email, calls and text messages claimed that the new TJ Reading Aspire test was easier and less complex than our Reading Mock Tests. All our students felt prepared and confident about their answers on the constructed responses and the multiple-choice questions.
TJ Science Aspire Test
About 11 students said that Science Aspire was very easy and they were able to finish everything in time. About 15 students stated that the actual Science Aspire passages are relatively easy compared to our mock tests. It was very time consuming because they encountered more passages than what they had expected. We have about 7 students who said that the Science passages are harder than our actual tests but they were able to work around the difficult questions. Overall, they feel prepared answering those constructed responses.
“You prepared me to do that!” said SR, who was so grateful saying that some of his friends who took the test preparation in other centers do not have any clue how to answer constructed responses.
A female student, SB stated that her friends who prepped from different centers have different responses, “Some of them felt that the Reading was hard; some said that some Math questions are confusing, and some said that Science was extremely difficulty. But I find everything relatively easy because of my test preparation with Young Scholars Circle.”
Another female student who took all our intensive class and three of our Score Boosters felt that the math portion was very easy. Overall she said that she was very glad that she had learned the YSC about how to craft the constructed responses – her YSC practice helped a lot on those. She had one constructed response question where she changed her mind about the answer but didn’t have time to complete her revised answer. Other than that one, she felt confident about her performance. She said that she found the TJ Mock Test Score Booster sessions extremely useful, in that these gave her the advanced experience of sitting for a three-hour test.
If your child is confident enough in the recent TJ test, please look at our TJ Semifinalists Workshop that consists of two types of essays that they need to survive the Feb 3rd Final Round Tests:
1. Math Problem Solving Essay
2. Student-Authored Information Sheet –