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Frequently Asked Questions


Was TGA selective with its admission proccess?

Admission to the Academy was highly selective. Paramount to the recruiting and application process was that admitted TGA students represent the Grand Divisions of Tennessee (East, Middle, and West) as well as its regional, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. The Admissions Committee at TGA used the following four factors during the applicant screening process:  (1) recent standardized test scores (PLAN, ACT, PSAT, or SAT), (2) grade point average of mathematics, science, and English classes in 9th and 10th grades, (3) teacher and administrator recommendations, and (4) student essays.  Students successfully completed two years at TGA in order to graduate.  Every fall semester a new class of incoming juniors joined a class of returning seniors.  The table below shows admissions data for the three graduating classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011.

 

Cohorts

Number in Cohort

Males/
Females

Minority
Population

Nonmetro Students

PLAN
Composite
Mean at Admission

PLAN
Math
Mean

PLAN
Science
Mean

Class of 2011

29

16/13

44.8%

31.0%

23.8

25.1

24.4

Class of 2010

30

15/15

16.6%

26.7%

23.9

24.9

22.9

Class of 2009

24

12/12

29.2%

29.2%

23.7

25.6

24.9

 

Was TGA successful?

Though there are many definitions of success, it is easy to argue that TGA was successful. Graduates left TGA with experience in scientific endevors, increased interest in STEM fields, improved reasoning, writing, and coping skills, increased standardized test scores, and acceptances to many of the nations top universities.

 

Cohorts

Outgoing ACT Composite Mean

Tennessee State Composite Mean, Grades 9-12

TGA Graduates Majoring in, or Intending to Major in, STEM fields

Class of 2011

29.6

not yet available

90.9%

Class of 2010

29.2

19.6

82.4%

Class of 2009

30

20.6

92.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cohorts

PSAT
Selection Index

National Merit Recipient

Class of 2011

179.7

1 National Merit Scholar
1 Commended Student

Class of 2010

175.2

1 National Merit Scholar

Class of 2009

175.7

2 National Merit Scholars
2 Commended Students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where are the TGA graduates now?

All TGA graduates are currently working on degrees at colleges and universities. Some stayed close to home, while others ventured accross the country as their merits and interests permitted. Graduates are currently enrolled at the following:

Belmont University
Berea College
California Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
Duke University
East Tennessee State University
Emory and Henry College       
Emory University        
George Mason University
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Maryville College
Middle Tennessee State University
University of Michigan
Northeastern University
Rhodes College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Stanford University
University of the South
United States Military Academy at West Point
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Tennessee, Martin
Vanderbilt University
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute