Statement on Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Delay in Sharing National Merit Scholarship Corporation Recognitions

December 30, 2022

You may be aware that Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) has been the subject of media coverage over the past few days regarding a delay in sharing National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognition with students designated Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

This organization recognizes top students across the country for their academic achievement and demonstrated success in multiple areas. Each year, Thomas Jefferson High School shares this honor with students as a reflection of their high academic achievement. This year, we were made aware that this notification had not gone out in any of the usual ways at Thomas Jefferson High School - either through in-person notification or email - in a timely manner.

As soon as this issue regarding the fall 2022 notifications came to light, students and their families were notified, and staff sent emails and made follow-up calls to each college where these students had applied to inform them of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation commendations.

FCPS also initiated an investigation into the circumstances around how this situation could occur. Our current understanding is that the delay at Thomas Jefferson High School this fall was a unique situation due to human error, but we will continue to examine our records in further detail. We are committed to sharing any key findings and any updates to our processes to ensure future consistency in appropriate and timely notification of National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognitions going forward. 

FCPS understands the hard work and dedication of each and every student who competes for college acceptance and scholarship opportunities. We remain committed to supporting every student in reaching their full potential.