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
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.
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
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
It's a really great, close-knit community of people, both students and teachers, who are dedicated to learning.
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.
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