Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology -About, Admission, Scholarship

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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (also known as TJHSSTTJ, or Jefferson) is a Virginia state-chartered magnet school in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is routinely rated among the best public high schools in the United States. It is a regional high school operated by Fairfax County Public Schools.

The selective admissions program was initiated in 1985 through the cooperation of state and county governments, as well as corporate sponsorship from the defense and technology industries. The school occupies the building of the previous Thomas Jefferson High School (constructed in 1965). It is one of 18 Virginia Governor’s Schools, and a founding member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. In 2016, the school placed first in Newsweek’s annual “America’s Top High Schools” rankings for the third consecutive year and fifth in US News & World Report’s 2016 High School Rankings.

Overview of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is ranked first within Virginia. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is 100%. The total minority enrollment is 79%, and 2% of students are economically disadvantaged. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is 1 of 30 high schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology 2021 Rankings

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is ranked #1 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college.

All Rankings

  • #1
    in National Rankings
  • #1
    in Virginia High Schools
  • #1
    in Washington, DC Metro Area High Schools
  • #1
    in Fairfax County Public Schools High Schools
  • #1
    in Magnet High Schools
  • #5
    in STEM High Schools

 

SCORECARD

  • 100%

    Took at Least One AP® Exam

  • 100%

    Passed at Least One AP® Exam

  • 100%

    Mathematics Proficiency

  • 100%

    Reading Proficiency

  • 100%

    Graduation Rate

Ranking Factors

How Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology performed nationally and statewide out of 17,857 nationally ranked schools and 319 schools ranked in Virginia.

RANKING FACTORS

NATIONAL

STATE

College Readiness Index Rank

 

#1 (tie)

#1

College Curriculum Breadth Index Rank

 

#9

#1

Math and Reading Proficiency Rank

 

#1 (tie)

#1

Math and Reading Performance Rank

 

#1 (tie)

#1

Graduation Rate Rank

 

#1,261

#11

Students/Teachers at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

These counts and percentages of students and teachers are from data reported by schools to the government.

Total Enrollment

Female41%
Male59%

Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total

2%

Free Lunch Program (% of total

1%

Reduced-Price Lunch Program (% of total

1%

Full-Time Teachers

102

 

Test Scores at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

U.S. News calculates these values for schools based on student performance on state-required tests and internationally available exams on college-level coursework (AP® and IB exams).

College Readiness Inde

100.0/100

Subject Proficiency

Virginia administered the Standards of Learning or alternate assessments to high school students. These figures display how well the school as a whole performed in reading and mathematics.

 

School Data

School profile information is based on government data.

Graduation Rate

100% (well above state median)

Grades Served

9-12

Setting

Large Suburb

Charter Schoo

No

Magnet Schoo

Yes

Eligible for Title I Fundin

No

District

This information relates to high schools run by this school’s state operating agency. Many districts contain only one high school.

Total Schools

30

Total Students

62,780

College Readiness (district average)

46.9

Proficient in Reading (district average)

87%

Proficient in Mathematics (district average)

86%

Subject Proficiency Comparison

TJHSST Admissions: Contact Us

Admissions Office (general inquiries):

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Phone:
571-423-3770

Admissions Office FAX:
571-423-3777

tjadmissions@fcps.edu

Location

The TJHSST Admissions Office is located at the FCPS Gatehouse Administrative Center:
8115 Gatehouse Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042

 

TJHSST Freshman Application Process

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions

Introduction

Established in 1985, TJHSST offers a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The admissions process for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) utilizes a holistic review. Current 8th grade students from participating jurisdictions will apply for admissions to 9th grade.

A holistic review will be done of students whose applications demonstrate enhanced merit; 550 seats will then be offered to the highest-evaluated students. Students will be evaluated on their grade point average (GPA); a student portrait sheet where they will be asked to demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate attributes and 21st century skills; a problem-solving essay; and experience factors, including students who are economically disadvantaged, English language learners, special education students, or students who are currently attending underrepresented middle schools.

Eligibility Requirements

Am I eligible to apply to TJHSST?

  • If eligible to apply, complete the TJHSST Admissions Online Application when the application becomes available (see link below).

Calendar 2021-2022 Freshman Round*

Monday, Oct  25             Applications Available – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov 17       Last Day to Begin Application – 4:00 pm

Friday, Nov  19               Application Deadline – 4:00 pm

Saturday, Jan  29           SPS/Essay Writing Administration – 8:00 am

Saturday, Feb  5             Inclement Weather Date for January 29

Friday, Feb  4                  Accommodations, Make-Up SPS/Essay Writing Administration – 8:00 am

Friday, Feb  11                Inclement Weather Date for February 4

Friday, Apr  29                 Final Notifications Released on or Before

Dates on calendar above may be subject to change

Application Components:

  • Complete the Student Portrait Sheet
    • Students will demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate attributes and 21st Century Skills
      • Collaborator
      • Communicator
      • Creative and Critical Thinker
      • Ethical/Global Citizen
      • Goal-Directed & Resilient Individual
      • Innovator
      • Leader
      • Problem Solver
    • Additional information about Portrait of a Graduate
      • Note: The Student Portrait Sheet will evaluate applicants on the broad skills listed above and not each listed bullet on the link below. However, the link below provides deeper information and resources to better understand the skills listed above.
      • https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/portrait-graduate
  • Complete the Problem-Solving Essay
    • Math and/or Science content
    • Topic will include multiple variables/steps
    • Applicant response will include solution along with explanation of process to solve problem.
    • Written in essay format
  • GPA (Core)
  • Experience Factors
    • Economically Disadvantaged
    • English Language Learners
    • Special Education
    • Students attending historically underrepresented schools
      • 2020-2021 Schools – Beville, Blue Ridge, Fred Lynn, Glasgow, Graham Park, Hampton, Harper Park, Holmes, Hughes, Key, Nokesville, Parkside, Poe, Potomac, River Bend, Sandburg, Saunders, Seneca Ridge, Simpson, Smarts Mill, South County, Sterling, Stone, Trailside, Twain and Whitman

Steps to Complete the Application

1.  The applicant must access the Log-In Screen prior to the parent and complete the initial log-in process (Page 1 of the application) that includes entry of a parent name and email address.

2.  Parent receives an auto-generated email containing the “link” for them to log-in and create the parent account. This link does expire so parents are encouraged to log in as soon as possible.

3.  TJ Liaison Counselor from the applicant’s school verifies math course. (Allow 24 to 48 hours, minimum, for this verification to be completed.) Auto-generated email is sent to applicant and parent after verification advising them they may complete the application.

4.  Applicant and parent must both electronically sign

5.  Submit the application.

6.  An auto-generated email will be sent to the applicant and parent advising them that the application has been submitted.

TJHSST Class of 2026 (2021-2022 Applicants)

Seat Allocation Process

Each public school within Fairfax County and each cooperating school division will be presumptively allocated a number of seats equal to 1.5% of that school’s 8th grade student population (“Allocated Seats”). The remainder of seats will not be allocated to any specific public school (“Unallocated Seats”). In the event a school has fewer eligible applicants than its number of Allocated Seats, the difference will be treated as Unallocated Seats

  • Allocated Seats – Applicants attending public school will be first evaluated against other applicants from the same school, and students with the strongest evaluated applications from that school will be offered admission.
  • Unallocated Seats – All remaining public school applicants and applicants who do not attend public school in Fairfax County or in a cooperating division will be considered for the Unallocated Seats, which will be offered to the highest evaluated applicants in that group.

Admissions Decisions

All applicants will receive a decision on their application; Offer, Waitpool or No Offer.

  • Offer: Applicants offered admission for the upcoming Fall (9th grade) year must accept or decline by the stated deadline. Accepting the offer means the applicant is choosing to attend TJHSST the next school year. No deferrals are permitted. Students who accept the offer will go through the registration process. Declining the offer means the applicant has decided not to attend TJHSST. The decision to decline the offer is final, and applicants will not be provided with an option to receive the offer at a later date.
  • Waitpool: A waitpool of students will be created to offer additional students an opportunity to attend TJHSST when admitted applicants decline the offer of admission. Offers of admissions to students who have accepted to stay in the waitpool will be provided to the highest evaluated students remaining in the waitpool. Waitpool offers will continue to be made until all seats have been filled or until the beginning of the school year, which occurs first.
  • No Offer: Some applicants will not receive an offer to attend or be included in the waitpool. No Offer applicants are eligible to re-apply for the Sophomore Round of Admissions the following year contingent they maintain eligibility.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions

TJHSST Junior Application Process

All students interested in applying to the junior class must submit (by no later than April 22, 2022) their high school transcript (through first semester 10th grade) and their PSAT or SAT scores. If approved, completed applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on May 20, 2022. TJHSST does not admit students for entry to the junior class at any other time during the school year.

  • Students are not eligible to apply for the junior class if they have previously applied to TJHSST during the Freshman or Sophomore Rounds.
  • The junior admissions process begins in early April and is completed in its entirety in June each year.  The TJHSST Admissions Office administers all aspects of the junior admissions process.
  • Students may only apply to the Junior Round Class of 2024 provided that the student is applying from a school division that has not exceeded its attendance cap for the grade for which the student is applying and they have not applied previously for admissions into TJ.
  • If you do not live in Fairfax County, contact the Admissions Office at 571-423-3770 or by email at tjadmissions@fcps.edu before you apply to make sure that applications will be allowed from your school division.

Class of 2024 Application Information

  • All students interested in applying to the junior (11th grade) class must first submit (no later than April 22, 2022) their high school transcript through first semester of 10th grade and official PSAT/SAT scores (with scores in the upper 90th percentile for each category) to the TJHSST Admissions Office for evaluation of eligibility before you can begin the application process. The Admissions Office will notify you as to whether or not you are eligible to apply.
  • If approved, applicants to the junior class at TJHSST must complete the entire junior application in order to be considered for admission.  Online applications are available beginning April 1, 2022. Use the link below to access the TJ Admissions online portal.

Students are not eligible to apply for the junior class if they have previously applied to TJHSST during the Freshman or Sophomore Rounds.

What is Required?

All students interested in applying for their Junior year will complete the application online. Use the link below to access the TJ Admissions Online System to begin the application.

  • Application (available once transcripts and test score are approved by TJHSST Admissions Office)
  • Student Information Sheet
  • Transcripts through first semester of 10th grade (to include all courses taken for HS credit before 9th grade)
  • Three (3) Teacher Recommendations
  • Eligibility Documents (proof of residency and PSAT/SAT scores)

Junior Eligibility Requirements

More info about eligibility requirements for Juniors

Important Dates for Class of 2024

  • April 1, 2022 – Junior Applications available
  • April 22, 2022 – PSAT/SAT and transcript deadline
  • May 20, 2022 – APPLICATION DEADLINE by 4:00 PM*
  • Week of May 30, 2022 – Junior interviews
  • June 24, 2022 – Final Admissions Decisions Posted (See Junior Round Decisions)

*THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR JUNIOR ROUND OF ADMISSIONS (TJHSST CLASS OF 2024) is May 20, 2022, by 4:00 p.m. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON.

Application for Junior Round

Students interested in applying to the Junior Round

TJHSST Sophomore Application Process

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions

Admissions Process

TJHSST Admissions accepts a very limited number of students for its sophomore class (10th grade) each year. Students who wish to apply for the 2022-2023 sophomore class should do so by May 20, 2022. The transcript and optional test scores must be submitted between April 1 and 22 for approval prior to beginning the application process. TJHSST does not admit students to the sophomore class at any other time during the school year.

Students that applied for the Freshman Winter and were not offered admission may be eligible to apply during the Sophomore Round.

  •  between 5 to 15 students.
  • The sophomore admissions process is completed in its entirety in June each year.  The TJHSST Admissions Office administers all aspects of the sophomore admissions process.
  • Students may only apply to the Sophomore Round Class of 2025 if their school division has not exceeded its attendance cap for the 10th grade.

Students that do not live in Fairfax County need to contact the Admissions Office at 571-423-3770 or by email at tjadmissions@fcps.edu before you apply to make sure that applications will be allowed from your school division.

Class of 2025 Application Information

All applicants to the Sophomore Round (10th grade) of admissions at TJHSST must complete the following, once their transcript has been approved:

  • Part I of the Sophomore Application requests general demographic information about the applicant.
  • Part II of the Sophomore Application is a Student Information Sheet that includes a series of questions and short answer prompts as well as a personal essay. All applicants will use the TJ Admissions Online System to complete both sections.
  • Transcripts
    • All sophomore admissions applicants need to submit a copy of their high school transcript. The transcript must include 9th grade first semester marks for all high school courses taken or being taken at the time of application, as well as courses taken prior to 9th grade for high school credit.
    • Please see “Important Dates for 2022-2023” for deadlines below.
  • Three Teacher Recommendations
  • Eligibility Documents
    • Proof of residency
    • PSAT/SAT scores (optional)

Sophomore Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in applying to the sophomore round (10th grade class) of admissions must fulfill all eligibility requirements at the time of application.

Important Dates for Sophomore Round, Class of 2025

  • April 1, 2022 – Sophomore Applications available once transcript and optional test scores are approved
  • April 22, 2022 – PSAT/SAT (optional) and transcript deadline by 4:00 PM (Do not submit prior to April 1, 2022)
  • May 6, 2022 – Applicant deadline to enter Teacher Recommendation Information
  • May 20, 2022 – APPLICATION DEADLINE by 4:00 PM*
  • June 30, 2022 – Final Admissions Decisions Posted No Later Than (See Sophomore Round Decisions)*

For information on final admissions decisions, please see the sophomore section of Decision Process.
*THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SOPHOMORE ROUND APPLICANTS (TJHSST CLASS OF 2025) is May 20, 2022, by 4:00 PM. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON.

Sophomore Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in applying to the sophomore round (10th grade class) of admissions must fulfill all eligibility requirements at the time of application.

Sophomore Application

All students interested in applying for their Sophomore year will complete the application online. Use the link below to access the TJ Admissions Online System to begin the application.

News For 2021/2022 Academic Year

Our News You Choose bulletins are sent to TJHSST parents, students, and staff. However, anyone can subscribe to our bulletins. Visit our sign-up page if you wish to receive these bulletins by email.

December 2021

Finishing 2021 Strong – TJHSST December Update (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 12/3/21

November 2021

Nominations Open for Outstanding Employee Awards! (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 11/12/21

A Time of Gratitude – TJHSST November Update  (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 11/5/21

October 2021

Getting in the Swing of Things – TJHSST October Update  (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 10/1/21

September 2021

Back to School Night Sept. 14 and more TJHSST Updates/Reminders (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 9/9/21

REMINDER! BACK TO SCHOOL BASH THIS FRIDAY 9/10 (to TJHSST Athletics, Performances, and Activities) 9/8/21

You Are Invited to the BACK TO SCHOOL BASH! (to TJHSST Athletics, Performances, and Activities) 9/1/21

August 2021

TJHSST Updates! Back to School Night, Schoology Instructions, and More! (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 8/27/21

TJHSST First Day Report (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 8/23/21

Back to School! Need to Know Information for Monday’s Opening Day. (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 8/20/21

Fall Sports Zoom Parent Meeting Thursday, August 26th 6PM (to TJHSST Athletics, Performances, and Activities) 8/19/21

Welcome to the New School Year! August TJHSST Update. (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 8/12/21

Fall Sports “It’s Not to Late to Try Out” (to TJHSST Athletics, Performances, and Activities) 8/11/21

July 2021

We’re Getting Ready for Your Return! July TJHSST Update. (to TJHSST All Students, TJHSST Class of 2022, TJHSST Class of 2023, TJHSST Class of 2024, TJHSST Class of 2025, or TJHSST News and Announcements) 7/22/21

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