Has the focus on STEM vs. well-rounded students really shifted the balance this much? If so, then is this a good thing?
Currently, I don’t know. They are definitely focusing more on what the school’s purpose is, but personally, I think that high schools specializing in a particular subject (vs. a general gifted magnet school) are a bad idea. As a triple major in Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, and Philosophy, I am one that definitely embraces liberal arts education even for focused students. In fact, I would say that my philosophy courses have made a bigger impact on me as a student and person than any of my science courses.
Also, I now believe that if I were apply to TJ, I wouldn’t get in - that’s kind of scary. Maybe I wouldn’t even fit in at TJ if I were a high school student now.
Things to think about, I suppose.
Update: Here’s a link to other admission stats for the academic years around my time: