September 21, 2015
This is a great school tucked away in a cluster of great neighborhoods in a great part of Denver.
While no school is perfect, this school is one that is committed to being better and evolving in every way. In the past three years, TJ has grown by leaps and bounds as administrators, teachers and parents have come together to restore the prestige the school has had in the community since 1960. This is evidenced, for example, by the highest growth in AP test scores in the district, some of the highest testing Geometry students in the area, and some of the highest AP Biology scores in the country. Many of TJ's teachers are also alumni themselves, contributing to its strong sense of family. More than 61% of neighborhood kids chose TJ over all the other options available to them this year.
In addition to a commitment to being a well-rounded, classic high school experience, TJ also has the award-winning Center for Communication and Technology (CCT) with its journalism/design/production or electronics/robotics/programming tracks. It's also strongly committed to career and college readiness. Students can earn college credits through the CCT program, AP classes, CLEP tests and more.
This is a school that is all about participation. As a just-right sized school, students are known by name, supported and held accountable for their success. They are encouraged to self advocate, to stretch and challenge themselves. TJ is a school that is both large enough and small enough. Large enough to enjoy a variety of great electives, competitive sports/programs, and the diversity that contributes to being successful wherever in the world they may go. It's small enough to get to participate in the teams and activities they love.
My student is a sophomore and loves the challenge of her honors and AP classes (well, at least a majority of the time!). She plays competitive volleyball and has really enjoyed their incredible new coach. The friends she's made at TJ are solid, great to be around.
And as a parent, I know I am making a difference in my neighborhood, helping other parents, neighbors and TJ's staff to ensure this school is a top high school in Denver for decades to come.
- submitted by a parent