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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
    A-
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Alexandria, VA. It has 1,823 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.
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
569 responses
Average ACT
34
189 responses
AP Enrollment
70%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$80,717
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,625
National
$949
Median Home Value
$445,300
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
98%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.51 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.51 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 192 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week
    26%
  • Jday
    19%
  • I-Nite
    17%
  • Prom askings
    10%
  • Eighth Period
    7%
  • 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
1,823
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.58 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.58 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.58 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,255
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.2%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.71 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.71 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.71 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,526/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.72 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.72 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.72 responses
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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.
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Overall, I enjoyed my time at TJ. There were definitely times when the workload became stressful, but the student community is very kind and supportive. How difficult classes are depends a lot on which teachers you get. For the same class, one teacher may give 30 minutes of hw while another may give 2-3 hours. One thing I loved about the school is the wide variety of STEM classes available, ranging from AI and parallel computing to bionanotechnology and DNA. There are also a lot more math classes available that aren't offered in base schools, although I personally never took any of these as I was more of a bio kid. My one complaint about the school is that it can become challenging to arrange your schedule to fit in non-STEM classes, such as music or foreign language. While I understand that ultimately, it is a science and tech school, I do wish that the scheduling was more flexible.
TJ has many opportunities to get ahead - but only for those interested in science and technology. The student environment and abundant research labs appeal to those interested in studying engineering, biology, chemistry, and physics but don't offer anything for those who enjoy the humanities.

Due to the high level of rigor each class entails, the students are often under high stress. Sometimes, this pressure may lead to a cutthroat environment. However, in my experience, I've only found individuals willing to help.

The only issue I find with this school is the new administration. Many freedoms that we had when I entered this school no longer exist. The school used to allow us to eat anywhere during lunch, go anywhere during 8th period, and leave to use the restroom whenever we'd like. After Dr. Glazer left and in the years before, the administration has become more strict and has restricted the majority of these freedoms.