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Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Public | 9-12 | 1854 students

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Posted April 11, 2009

This school is outstanding in every way--teachers, extra-curricular activities, caring administration--unbelievable!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2008

This school is so outstanding, I would recommend it to anyone who would want to learn!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 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.


Posted 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


Posted November 18, 2007

This school is overrated. It is okay but its faculty is not very innovative or motivating
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted May 3, 2006

This is an amazing school, the best in the country according to average SAT scores.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 3, 2005

Great school! Very smart people!
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted November 12, 2004

The school is truly excellent by almost all counts except its old and humble building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 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


Posted 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


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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

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Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • #1 High School in Nation named by US New&World Report (2007)
  • #1 High School in Nation named by US New&World Report (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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  • Mathematics

Arts & music

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Music
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Media arts
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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30am
School end time
  • 3:50pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Evan Glazer
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (703) 750-5010

Programs

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  • Honors track
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  • Mathematics
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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