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  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  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.
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
1510
768 responses
Average ACT
34
266 responses
AP Enrollment
73%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
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
A
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.57 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.57 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 208 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week
    25%
  • Jday
    19%
  • I-Nite
    17%
  • Prom askings
    10%
  • 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
1,789
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.64 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.64 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.64 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,938
Teachers in First/Second Year
3%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.77 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.77 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.77 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.78 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.78 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.78 responses
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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.
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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.
An extremely competitive public high school in Alexandria, TJ boasts an extensive application process and curriculum that is both tough and cutting-edge. Students from all over the region want to attend this magnet school, which takes applicants from Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, as well as the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

Excellent STEM education. Too much work load. Test scores at this school are far above the state average. Most students at this school are performing at or above grade level.