Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Address
Map
6560 Braddock Road

,
Virginia
22312

United States
Coordinates38°49′06″N 77°10′07″W / 38.81833°N 77.16861°W / 38.81833; -77.16861
Information
School typePublic, magnet high school
Founded1985 (1985)
School districtFairfax County Public Schools
PrincipalAnn Bonitatibus
Teaching staff114.00 (FTE) (2022–23)[1]
Grades9–12
GenderCoeducational
Enrollment1,967 (2022–23)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.25 (2022–23)[1]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)
  • Red, white, and navy
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Athletics conference
Team nameColonials
AccreditationSACS CASI[2]
USNWR ranking5 (2023)[4]
NewspapertjTODAY[3]
YearbookTechniques
Communities servedNorthern Virginia
Feeder schoolsNorthern Virginia schools
Websitetjhsst.fcps.edu

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (also known as TJHSST, TJ, or Jefferson) is a Virginia state-chartered magnet high school in Fairfax County, Virginia operated by Fairfax County Public Schools. The school occupies the building of the previous Thomas Jefferson High School, constructed in 1964. A selective admissions program was initiated in 1985 through the cooperation of state and county governments and corporate sponsorship from the defense and technology industries. 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.

Attendance at the school is open to students in six local jurisdictions based on academic achievement described in essays, the Student Portrait Sheet, problem-solving skills, assessed by the Problem Solving Essay, grade-point average, and socio-economic background.[5] Before the 2020–21 school year, the admissions process also involved a math, reading, and science exam.[6]

  1. ^ a b c "Search for Public Schools - Thomas Jefferson High (510126002034)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Archived from the original on February 4, 2024. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  2. ^ "Institution Summary". AdvancED. Advance Education, Inc. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "tjTODAY - The student news site of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology". 2017. Archived from the original on January 7, 2023. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  4. ^ "Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology". U.S. News & World Report. 2023. Archived from the original on February 17, 2023. Retrieved November 13, 2023.
  5. ^ "TJHSST Freshman Application Process | Fairfax County Public Schools". www.fcps.edu. Archived from the original on August 23, 2022. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  6. ^ Natanson, Hannah (October 8, 2020). "Fairfax school board eliminates admissions test at Thomas Jefferson High School". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on July 7, 2022. Retrieved August 24, 2022.