Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place an admissions system for a prestigious Northern Virginia science and technology high school that administrators said opened the magnet program to a wider socioeconomic range of students but opponents claimed discriminated against Asian American applicants.

The court did not explain its reasoning, as is common in emergency applications. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch noted their disagreement.

The legal battle is between a group of parents called the Coalition for TJ and the Fairfax County School Board over admission to what is often ranked as the nation’s best high school, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, known locally as TJ.

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