Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)
6560 Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312
703-750-8300
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School Summary

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is the product of a partnership forged between the business community and Fairfax County Public Schools to improve education in science, mathematics, and technology. This unique Fairfax County Public School offers a comprehensive program that focuses on scientific, mathematical, and technological fields. The core skills and values infused throughout the curriculum emphasize and promote critical inquiry and research, problem solving skills, intellectual curiosity, and social responsibility. As the regional magnet Governor's School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia, the school serves applicants from five different participating school districts: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, as well as the City of Falls Church.

Since its very first graduating class in 1985, student research has played an essential role in learning at TJHSST. Requirements for the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Diploma include the completion of an original engineering or experimental research project in an on-campus laboratory or off-site through a Mentorship program at a government, corporate, or university research laboratory. Jefferson's science and technology research laboratories include:

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Biotechnology & Life Sciences
  • Chemical Analysis & Nanochemistry
  • Communication Systems
  • Computer Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Engineering Design
  • JUMP Lab
  • Microelectronics
  • Mobile and Web Application Development
  • Neuroscience
  • Oceanography & Geophysical Systems
  • Quantum Physics & Optics
  • Prototyping & Engineering Materials

Selected outstanding research projects are published in TJHSST's annual student-produced research journal, TEKNOS, which has won numerous national awards.



Enrollment Enrollment as of June 201718: 1774
 
Grades 9-12
 
FCPS Programs
 
Special Features
  • 25 Varsity Sports
  • 8th Period - 185 + student academic and enrichment clubs
  • Accelerated Curriculum
  • Accelerated Summer School options
  • Admission by application only
  • Challenge Success
  • CHUM - integrated Chemistry and Humanities
  • Fine Arts Programs
  • IBET - integrated Biology, English, and Technology courses for all 9th grade students
  • Mentorship Program for individual 12th grade student research
  • Specialized technology laboratories
  • Student Honor Code
  • Virginia Academic-Year Governor's School
 
Business Partnership
  • AeroMarine, LLC
  • Autodesk
  • Center for Earth and Planetary Science
  • Cisco
  • Computer Systems
  • Emergent Space Technologies
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University Medical School
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Marymount University
  • MedStar Health Research Institute
  • NASA-Goddard Spaceflight Center
  • Naval Research Lab
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock
  • NGIA
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Operation Wallacea
  • Ragnarok Industries
  • Smithsonian
  • The National Park Service
  • ThermoFisher Scientific
  • TRW
  • US Army/Arlington National Cemetery
  • UUNET
  • Versar
  • Yext
 
Attendance Area This school is part of Region 2 and is by admission only.