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Thomas Jefferson High School For Advanced Studies

Public | 9-12 | 417 students


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Posted September 8, 2014

They shove colleges in our faces like we know what we want to do with the rest of our lives. I honestly have to wonder sometimes if they really care about what we do for the rest of our lives, because we have a principal that can't wait to leave, who is only staying for the benefits because of his son that is going to college. I'm just tired. I know others here feel the same way.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 17, 2014

TJ is one of Jefferson's Parish School System's best kept secret! You should make every effort to get your child in this school>
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2012

My daughter has attended TJHS since 2008 and will graduate this year. I can't say enough good things about it...from the great group of kids who are her friends and who all have the same goals. to the teachers who do an awesome job not only teaching but mentoring. I attended the Breakfast of Champions last week with my daughter, which was to honor Jefferson Parish high school kids who have A averages, and out of six schools attending, Thomas Jefferson students encompassed over half of those being honored. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2012

I have attended Thomas Jefferson Since the second year of it's starting up. I've enjoyed the school immensely and the school has changed my life ever since my first day. I've come out of a depression and met many who've changed my life greatly.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 19, 2012

My child has attended Thomas Jefferson since 2008 and will be graduating this year. I have been very pleased with the education that she has received. She is currently taking college courses while still on campus. The teachers and administration are very caring, dedicated and helpful and the school climate is a positive one in which the students all seem to get along. Thomas Jefferson is truly a melting pot with students of many cultures and interests. The many sports programs and clubs also meet the needs of the students. The only problem I see is a lack of parent involvement. Not many parents attend PTO meetings and get involved.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2011

This is my daughter's first year in high school. The new but original principal is doing an amazing job because he is about the students. The teachers are wonderful. There have been some glitches but the principal has taken care of that. My daughter's math teacher, english teacher, drama teacher and physical education teacher are all doing an amazing job. My daughter is enjoying her high school experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2010

A lot of students have changed their minds since 2008. with the new staff. The students here are overall great and we're like a huge family. With every new principal that tries to change our family, it makes the school seem less like home. With the year of 2009-2010 gone, i can say, though the new changes arent my cup of tea, but i have been at this school since it open in 2006, and have always felt like this is home. it's a wonderful environment with interesting teachers that are willing to learn and help.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 5, 2008

This is my son's first year at Thomas Jefferson, but so far, I am pleased with the education he is receiving. It is definitely more challenging that his previous school, which I think will prepare him more for college and his future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 1, 2008

I'm going to be the first graduating class of Thomas Jefferson. What I love about it is the school community feels like home. The teachers are all knowledgable of their major and the students are friendly. There are many clubs to choose from and if none are what you want, it's quite easy to get another club started. Everyone is open to new ideas!
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 12, 2008

I love thisa school all my friends go there it is awesome
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Posted December 5, 2007

There is a lot one can say about a new magnet school, new teachers, new systems, new environment, and that is many of the reasons why I enjoy Thomas jefferson. We were created in the 2006-2007 school year and that year was one of the best school times I have ever had before. Although we were just starting out, we could say that we had a fesh start, a new beginning. Our school has grown so much in one year and it is strangely odd and almost comforting for people to be surprised when we have almost all the sports and we have many clubs many other schools probably wouldn't even think about. Over all, I say we are a pretty awesome
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 21, 2007

Thomas Jefferson Senior High School is a great school. My family just started going here and love it. Teachers are nice and students are very welcoming. The school may be small but it is still a great place. Come here for great, challenging, and easy-to-learn school.
—Submitted by a student

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

103 students were tested at this school in 2010.



The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

103 students were tested at this school in 2010.


Scale: % basic or above

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.






English II

The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.








English III

The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.



The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.








Scale: % basic or above

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 47%
Black 30% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 1%
Hispanic 9% 4%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Christine Templet
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  • (504) 361-1114


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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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17 Gretna Boulevard
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: (504) 363-4300


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