Principal Evan Glazer said the problem may go back further. Although TJ students are expected to take Calculus BC in their junior year, the proportion of students reaching that bar has been dropping over the past five years. Last year, one-third of juniors instead took Calculus AB, a course that students master before Calculus BC.
Glazer could not say what the baseline was five years ago for juniors, but Braddock District school board member Megan McLaughlin said she believed double the number were now behind in calculus.
Glazer is seeking additional staffing since so many kids need help.
School board members called the number of students needing remedial help "unbelievable" at a packed meeting Thursday, and more than half of the 11 present members voted to make changes to TJ's admissions process before the next class is admitted. Applications will be reviewed as early as October.
"We see a serious pattern here, and you all want to sit on your hands another year?" McLaughlin said.