A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology is an elite, public, magnet school located in Alexandria, VA. It has 1,823 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.
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
1500
587 responses
Average ACT
34
190 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
B+
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.50 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.50 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 185 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week
    26%
  • Jday
    19%
  • I-Nite
    17%
  • Prom askings
    10%
  • Eighth Period
    7%
  • MEX
    6%
  • TjSTAR
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
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.57 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.57 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.57 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.2%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.70 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.70 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.70 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
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.71 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.71 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.71 responses
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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.
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Pros: In terms of the competitiveness at the school, being around such smart kids and hard workers pushed me to gain a better work ethic. I have made amazing friends and overall the students are incredibly kind. The school has amazing labs and funding, as well as a huge focus on conducting research and learning the research process. Furthermore, eighth period is one of the best aspects of the school, since it allowed me to learn about and get involved in clubs I didn't even know existed.

Cons: I choose to attend the school because it was famous for being one of the best in the nation. However, as an eighth grader, I didn't know what I was interested in. Turns out, it definitely isn't science and technology, which made my experience there somewhat unpleasant (but I stayed because I wanted to stick it out and not start over at my base school). The school has been really hard on my self esteem as one of the somewhat-below-average students.
TJHSST is one of the top schools in the nation, academically speaking. The problem isn't so much the academics as it is the school environment.

Before I go on, let me first say that the students are not the problem here. It's the pressure of going to this school that creates a toxic environment.

When I went, my parents reasoned that I had gotten in, so I should be making all 'A's. That didn't happen because this school is incredibly challenging. The problem is that even though our courses are harder, our GPA doesn't reflect that. In my junior year I took the lowest level physics class possible. We still ended up using a college textbook and did things that even my dad, a former civil engineer, had trouble understanding. And thats the problem. So much is expected from the students but they are given very little compensation. The school is sink or swim, no in between. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but the school is notorious for crushing the spirits or its students.