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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Alexandria, VA. It has 1,781 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
6560 Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22312
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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1520
907 responses
Average ACT
34
312 responses
AP Enrollment
73%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$90,545
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,671
National
$949
Median Home Value
$478,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.61 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.61 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 224 responses
  • Homecoming week
    25%
  • Jday
    19%
  • I-Nite
    17%
  • Prom askings
    9%
  • Eighth Period
    9%
  • MEX
    7%
  • TjSTAR
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,781
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.68 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.68 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.68 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,579
Teachers in First/Second Year
3%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.81 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.81 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.81 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$16,186/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.82 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.82 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.82 responses
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I've had a lot of fun at TJ. I'm a senior and I've really enjoyed my 3.5 years at TJ so far! Fingers crossed for college decisions.

I like the nerdy atmosphere. It's really nice to sit around before school starts talking about the latest research and our favorite books.

I've also had really good luck with teachers. Every teacher in all four years has been really good. I especially like DNA and Biotech. Lots of fun toys and we get to design our experiments!

Marching band is really fun and anyone who plays a band instrument should join. You make a lot of friends that way.

Homecoming is always really fun. Homecoming will probably be delayed. I hope COVID vaccines will be out for the general public by the end of the year so we can have senior homecoming! It's very rigged so the seniors always win even if they don't show up. :-)

About workload, I've never been overwhelmed and I had time to goof off and relax even during junior year.
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Students get an excellent education at TJHSST! The school is well funded and has various technology equipment and lab opportunities incomparable to those of other local high schools. The school is mostly Asian, and could benefit from more equitable opportunities for Black students, Hispanic students, and low-income students to apply and succeed.
In terms of academics, I liked being challenged, going more in depth on some topics, and the idea of a more project-based environment (even when some of the projects weren't organized well by the teachers). There are so many opportunities available for students - the number of clubs is comparable to some colleges. The community I found was wonderfully supportive, most likely because we were all more arts-oriented. I know that there are always the show-offs and the jerks and they were definitely present, but I could avoid them. It's always a plus not having the bathrooms smell like drugs! However, the school is pretty notorious for being a breeding ground for mental health problems.