Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies has been honored for its effective use of Title I federal funds to improve the educations of economically disadvantaged students.

Jefferson High is one of only two schools in Louisiana to be named as a National Title I Distinguished School by the National Title I Association.

“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.

The number of Jefferson High students passing Advanced Placement tests has 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.