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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Alexandria, VA. It has 1,789 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
About Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology...
Address
6560 Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22312
Telephone
(703) 750-8300
Website

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
1510
676 responses
Average ACT
34
225 responses
AP Enrollment
73%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$84,007
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,660
National
$949
Median Home Value
$462,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.55 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.55 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 205 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week
    25%
  • Jday
    19%
  • I-Nite
    17%
  • Prom askings
    10%
  • Eighth Period
    8%
  • MEX
    7%
  • TjSTAR
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,789
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.62 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.62 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.62 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,938
Teachers in First/Second Year
3%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.75 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.75 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.75 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
$15,160/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Reviews

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TJ is an amazing place because it provides rigorous academics and countless extracurriculars for free. The research labs provide an unmatched opportunity to connect with DC-area scientists and explore research questions without being limited by cost or supplies. Eighth period offers time to engage in clubs, and many students participate in sports as well. TJ also values integration of subjects as shown in our IBET and HUM programs. Overall, it is a fantastic community to be a part of and provides resources like no other public high schools. In addition, the students truly make the atmosphere, and although it is sometimes falsely stereotyped as a cutthroat environment, for the vast majority of the student population, being surrounded by other equally-minded learners encourages achievement and promotes success. Really the only downsides are a heavy workload and long commutes, but both of these are definitely worth the positives.
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TJ is an excellent challenge for any student who is hardworking and loves to learn. It is filled with all kinds of students, contrary to popular belief. However, there is not much diversity. To the majority Asian and White population, it does not seem bad, as most of them have one or two black or hispanic friends. However, it does seem like a problem to the black and hispanic population as even some of the few alienate their culture and try to be what they are not. As there is no actual way to change this problem, unless making the admission process easier for low-income and minority communities, another way must be found to incorporate these cultures into TJ, making the student feel more proud about their cultures. Such as empowering clubs like the black student union, which currently is just an excuse for kids hang out with friends in a free period. However, meeting the few minority students I always enjoy their company, and I hope for more of such students in the future.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, also known more succinctly by locals as "TJ," is a school of extremes. While opportunities to participate in extracurriculars and take advanced classes abound, these same opportunities lead to a significant downside of TJ, which is that it is somewhere between common and the absolute norm to get fewer than eight hours of sleep on a daily basis. The culture has its good and bad sides as well. On one hand, every student here is incredibly passionate about something -- whether it be biology or music. On the other hand, TJ is also plagued by a consistent mix of complaints about teachers and schoolwork (which are at times exaggerated, but almost always have a valid foundation) and "humble bragging", where students brag while simultaneously framing their accomplishments as nothing much.