407 reviews
  1. Fairfax County Public Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public, Magnet
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
6560 Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22312
Telephone
(703) 750-8300
Website

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1500
389 responses
Average ACT
34
123 responses
AP Enrollment
70%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
98%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.46 responses
Poll
87%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.46 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 165 responses
  • Homecoming week
    27%
  • Jday
    20%
  • I-Nite
    18%
  • Prom askings
    11%
  • MEX
    7%
  • TjSTAR
    7%
  • Eighth Period
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,820
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.53 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.53 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.53 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,855
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.2%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.66 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.66 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.66 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,207/ year
National
$11,890
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.67 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.67 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.67 responses

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Reviews

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Very vigorous workload, and it's difficult to achieve straight-As. The teachers are average, as well. Nonetheless, the students are incredibly down-to-earth and amazing! There's something about staying up till 2am with your peers that makes the entire school closely bonded. You'll have a high school experience like no other.
I have immensely enjoyed the computer science and Latin programs at the school, and one thing that makes TJ unique, which I am most definitely looking forward to taking, is the cryptography elective that is offered. Though the school is a lot of work, and sometimes I complain too much, it can teach you a lot in and out of the classroom, and especially how to learn on your own. I did not really enjoy having biology, english, and design & technology as teamed courses during freshman year, but I greatly appreciate the friends I made in those classes, and the experiences we all shared. Without these teamed courses, I would likely have struggled a lot more in my transition from a small private school to a public high school. One drawback is that while most students have specific areas in which they excel, teachers sometimes assume that all students are extraordinarily gifted at their subject, and therefore their teaching reflects this expectation and leads to kids falling not understanding and falling behind.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is a school that I can say that I am proud to attend. Its academic rigor constantly challenges its students and myself. The teachers there are some of the best people that I have ever met thus far in my life. All of them are willing to take time out of their days to provide their students with any extra assistance that is needed. The student community is supportive and friendly. The school is a place where you can leave your laptop or phone sitting out in the open and they will still be there even if you leave them unattended for an hour. The only gripe that I have with the school is the administration. It is a bit disorganized since the school is currently undergoing renovation, but it is a bit too chaotic and can be frustrating at times. I am relatively certain that once the renovations are over, everything will straighten out. I love my school and the people that are in it. I cannot think of going anywhere else.