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Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology

Public | 9-12 | 1854 students

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Posted August 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 5, 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


Posted February 7, 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


Posted January 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted October 12, 2010

challenging and unique classes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 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


Posted December 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 3, 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


Posted October 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted September 17, 2009

Good Education, good children, good teachers, great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted April 11, 2009

This school is outstanding in every way--teachers, extra-curricular activities, caring administration--unbelievable!
—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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The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

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Biology

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Geometry

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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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World History II

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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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

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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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