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6560 Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22312

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July 29, 2014
This school is not for everyone, but those who go here love it. It's mostly what you make of it really, but with the plethora of sports and 8th period clubs it's not hard to find something you enjoy. Get involved in clubs. I tried two new sports my freshmen year and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. Join 8th period clubs, don't be that kid who only goes to study halls. Don't be afraid of being judged, because the environment here at TJ is one of the best parts about the school. There is almost no clique problem or drama because of the great environment, but I guess that can change person to person. If you're curious about the social life at tj: people there do have time for friends, but often they just hang out at sports or clubs (see above comment). You get used to it. It's mostly just the seniors who party and drink, unless you're in the party scene. However, there's far less pressure for that sort of thing. People respect you and your choices and your background. DEFINITELY DO INITE. Try at least one of the "cult" clubs to see how you like it (crew, swim and dive, Latin, marching band, namaste, track & field, etc.) PARENTS: DO NOT FORCE YOUR KID HERE

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2013
I find it hard to imagine a better High School experience for my now-graduated daughter, who attends Cornell. TJ had wonderful teachers, overall, and a student body comprised of very mature, honest, articulate, motivated, but fun loving students. That said, I really believe that this school is not for every student, but that the self motivated students will thrive. TJ offers not only a vastly superior academic environment but also truly good sports teams, as well as theater and music and MANY other club opportunities. During my daughter's time there I only recall one incident of theft, and NO incidents of bullying. If your student has the opportunity to attend, and really loves to learn, by all means attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
Amazing. The Only problem is that taxes are high because of materials the school buys every week to support your child. It is very time consuming and it is very hard to get in. But, it's a WONDERFUL, OUTSTANDING school

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2013
[cont'd student body] No, most people don't have the time to hang out each weekend or to run by Moe's for a burrito after class (my twin went to base school and in a well-intentioned effort to draw me out of studying, my base school friends would often take me along, textbooks in tow, for just that very thing). Oh yes, it is QUITE a dedication of time and effort. I don't think that it's for everybody and I know a lot of bright individuals who, because they weren't ready for that kind of work at 14-18 years of age, would have loathed TJ. However, if you think you can manage it-- go for it. What all of that said: It is NOT a big deal if you don't get into TJ. One of my closest friends didn't manage to get into Jefferson. This shocked all of us in middle school-- the girl has serious brains! But the beauty of self-determination is that it's not a one-shot effort. She went to base school, did well, loved her high school career and bam! Now she's at, I kid you not, MIT. For the record, the base school in question was barely in the bronze medal category of the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2013
The principal is a tool. My D was bullied by a teacher. Even another teacher in the room admitted the first one lost it. No apology and it took moving heaven and earth to have my D moved to a new class.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
TJ is not all that it's hyped up to be. Sure the "academics" are great, but SAT scores don't tell the whole story. The environment here is toxic. The VAST majority of students care little about "STEM" and learning, most are here for one of 4 reasons: 1.Their parents are forcing them to attend 2.They would be bullied at other schools 3.Their lives consist entirely of studying 4.To get into a good college Speaking of schoolwork: the amount of cheating here is RIDICULOUS. Kids care more about getting into college than learning, and this shows in the amount of rampant cheating we have at TJ. TJ robs kids of a high school experience. TJ pulls from all over NOVA, but geographic distances make good friendships impossible until kids can drive. Sports are fun, but the time commitment can kill grades. Many parents mistakenly think TJ will protect their kids from Drugs/Alcohol. Sorry to disappoint, but at TJ drug use is just as common at other schools. The workload is insane. Many of my friends get 2-5 hours of sleep on an average night. In conclusion, TJ is an ok school if all you care about is learning, and don't intend on doing anything fun outside of it. Otherwise, don't come.

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2012
I heard this is a best high school in the nation. Anybody could help me to find our the student attendance map zone? And the nearby middle school.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2012
I think that this is a great school because of the exceptionally talented kids that attend and the amount and variety of the extra-curricular activities. Most of the teachers are amazing. TJHSST is one of the finest schools in the nation.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2012
The students here are accomplished, the teachers are good for the high-level classes but generally awful for the lower-level ones. The academic culture here is toxic; everyone is focused on college and almost nobody cares about learning for its own sake. It's a safe environment for children who would be stuffed into trashcans at any other high school.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2011
TJHSST is one of the finest high schools in the nation. Students are continuously challenged by advanced coursework that prepares them for college and for life-long success.

- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2010
challenging and unique classes

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
The students and teachers at this school are absolutely wonderful - we found only a few teachers who did not have the ability to understand their students and teach them. It is a shame that the current principal has so little investment in integrity and no interest in correcting problems parents try to bring to his attention. The four star rating must be due to the excellent teachers and truly motivated students.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2009
As a graduate of 2007 now graduating from college as a licensed elementary school teacher, I appreciate the work that TJ is trying to accomplish. While the goals of the school are noble and have the best interests of students at heart, sometimes policy implementation does not serve the needs of students or the wider Jefferson community. I don't know that I would have been better or worse off at my base school, McLean High, but everything great about TJ needs to be taken with a grain of salt. We are very caught up in ourselves and how great we think we are. Sometimes, it would be nice to see TJ's administration step off their shiny pedestal for once.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2009
Two children and almost eight years later, my feelings about TJHSST are the same: One of the best schools for children who are motivated to learn. Some of the teachers at TJ have triggered a passion for reading, questioning, forming informed opinions, and being active participants in life outside school. My children are truly blessed to have attended this school and their education will cast long shadows throughout their lives - on their personalities, their dealings with others and their own intellectual honesty!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
the kids who love to learn, the teachers who love to teach, and the staff who can't do enough for students, teachers and parents. students are bussed from miles away to get an outstanding education. friendships develop that last for many years to come.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
It is such a great place where the kids, teachers and the administration all care about learning. They have terrific school spirit and great attitudes.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
My son has top-quality teachers, lots of choice in advanced courses, a diverse, honest, hard-working group of fellow students, and - get this - he's an adolescent boy but HAPPY.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Good Education, good children, good teachers, great environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It's a really great, close-knit community of people, both students and teachers, who are dedicated to learning.

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2009
I think TJ is the best thing that ever happened to me. Everyone is willing to help each other and most of the teachers are great. I especially appreciate the amount of trust that teachers give to students. The only downside is the incredibly long commute.

- submitted by a student
June 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2009
This school is outstanding in every way--teachers, extra-curricular activities, caring administration--unbelievable!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
I love TJ. Some people hate it because it's a lot of work, the workload forces almost every student to abandon every aspect of their life except the school part. However, in the end, it is worth it. Everyone is smart, interesting, has unique interests, and learned a lot more than the average person at another school. Going to TJ is a small sacrifice for all the benefits its education will provide in the future.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
TJ is not sponsored by the DOD, that is ridiculous, sure we get funding, but that's because we need money and they like the quality of kids who attend TJ. True a lot of people do work at mentorship/ internships, but that's because they go out and seek those opportunities. Also not that many people actually work for DOD, only those who work at NRL or a few other places. It's really a great school, with unbelievable teachers. Plus, one thing I love is that teachers really respect and trust the students.

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September 27, 2008
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September 10, 2008
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September 02, 2008
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August 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 22, 2008
This school is so outstanding, I would recommend it to anyone who would want to learn!

- submitted by a student
January 05, 2008
My brother attended Thomas Jefferson, and I have to say that it is a fantastic school -- to those that say otherwise, remember that these ratings are a comparison. The main problem is simply a lack of diversity. Other than that, I believe it is truly the best school in the country, and somewhere near the best in the world.

- submitted by a community member
December 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 29, 2007
As Class of 2002 Graduate, I appreciate the numerous academic benefits the school afforded me. While commuting from hours away (for some) to spend almost 9 hours together undoubtedly creates the close knit environment that another reviewer referenced, this isolation often created an unrealistic and insecure self image for many students. Students often lost sight of, If you re there, you re brilliant! It s ridiculous to only compare yourself to intellectually elites. When I announced to one of my close TJ friends that I scored 1450 (out of 1600) on my SAT, their sympathetic reply was, Don t worry. You can always retest. I am also disappointed in the schools demographics as it seems to become less diverse with each entering class. There is a much bigger, more diverse and colorful world out there. Considering TJHSST is located in the Northern Virginia, it seems they could make a more deliberate effort.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
This school is overrated. It is okay but its faculty is not very innovative or motivating

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
This is an amazing school that is great preparation for college. I am a current student, and I have often told those who ask that the only problem with Thomas Jefferson is the long ride to and from school each day. Other than that, the teachers are phenomenal and the new principal we got this year is great.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2006
The academic programs are very good, although some of the teachers are pretty bad. Music, art, and sports are very present, and so is drama. And Dr. Glazer is a great principal- he's very active around the school.

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2006
Our son graduated this year from TJ and went on to Cornell. The intense academic discipline that you need to get through TJ helped him very much in coping at an Ivy League school. When we met admissions officers from the top schools, they were all unanimous about selecting students from TJ whenever they could! The balanced learning environment, the sheer competence from peers, the absence of demotivating behaviors and a thirst to learn and achieve, from the students, makes this the number 1 taxpayer funded choice for High School in VA. Anything more, and you would have to go to a private, exclusive school! Parents are involved heavily. There are tremendous opportunities for internships in junior and senior year (our son did a project for the US Navy).

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
This is an amazing school, the best in the country according to average SAT scores.

- submitted by a former student
March 19, 2006
Most of the other posters' positive impressions of TJ are accurate, but one-dimensional. TJ had great academics and I could present an even more compelling case for the benefits of attending the school. The costs of TJ's academic benefits are exacted in terms of social development, athletic oppurtunities, childhood relationships, and what I would call 'organic' association of the type that can only arise within a close-knit community. I don't mean to imply that the Jefferson students don't form their own community, but merely the fact that they have to form a commmunity, that they aren't a part of longer-standing communities. The daily commute through the Capital Beltway Region rush hour traffic alone bespeaks the hidden costs inherent to the benefits of a Jefferson education.

- submitted by a former student
January 24, 2006
TJHSST is great! The academics here cannot be found in any other highschool in the country. The workload and courses are usually very challenging. The music program is outstanding and regarded as prestigious. Our sports teams are very succesful, with Crew being National Champions, and Cross Country being State Champions in 2004, 2002. They were state runner-ups in 2005 and 2003. There are 200 plus clubs at TJ, and I can find a club to match any of my interests. Astronomy to James Bond club, Historical Society to Greenhouse (a gardening club), Physics to Botball, Weight Lifting to Biology Society, Study Halls to Environmental Science club. Parents are very, very involved at TJHSST. They give there children rides to and from school everyday, they run the Athletic Boosters to the PTSA. Many parents volunteer at the school. Without parentts, TJHSST would not be teh great school it is today.

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 07, 2005
TJ is an extremely challenging but supportive environment that is ideal for students who seek to push their academic boundaries in science, math and technology. The principal and administration do an excellent job of providing the students with a high level of independence while teaching them that responsibility is required to maintain that independence. The students enjoy an atmosphere that is trusting and free of many of the pressures and negative behavioral problems found at other public high schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
TJ has plenty of brilliant students, so it offers many AP and post-AP classes in math/science/computer programming, plus some of the humanities AP courses. Students are highly motivated as well as smart, so they form many academic teams and clubs, in addition to participating in all the normal high school activities. Most teachers are good by public high school standards, and a few are superb. The building is a dump, and most of the science labs are underequipped. TJ also has a new admissions policy, and it offered remedial math and computer courses for the first time this summer, for kids admitted under the new policy.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
Great school! Very smart people!

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2005
This is an incredible school that was a perfect fit for my son. He is in an environment with other students that put their academics first. He is challenged in every way and is encouraged by his peers without competition. Everything about this school is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2004
The school is truly excellent by almost all counts except its old and humble building.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2003
I go to TJ now, and it is absolutely amazing! I thought the workload would be difficult, but it starts fairly easily for freshman year. Although your overall TJ experience and amount of stress varies greatly depending on which teachers you get, most students I have talked to find it not to be overwhelming. Over this high school experience I have found myself saying over and over 'I love TJ so much!' or 'This school was so made for me!' It's a really exciting experience!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2003
Outstanding opportunity for your child. Mentorship and peer involvement is always positive and extraordinary. Expectation levels are the highest and students thrive in this rigorous academic environment. College entrance statistics prove curriculum excellence and extrememly high average SAT scores speak for themselves (greater than 1450 average)!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
This is an excellent educational opportunity if your child can get in. The workload will be difficult. Your child will need support and encouragement to get through it, but will reap amazing benefits. The social atmosphere is great for everyone from jocks to nerds. (Of course, the jocks are often nerds too.)

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
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Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology
6560 Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA  22312
(703) 750-8300
Last modified Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top