Thomas Jefferson provides a comprehensive curriculum, emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology. Students follow an intensive four-year program that includes the Freshman IBET, computer science, humanities, Foreign Languages, Fine Arts and Physical Education. All seniors are required to complete a technology laboratory project as the culmination of their TJ academic experience, either in one of specialized Technical Research Laboratories, or through the TJ Mentorship Program. The TJHSST eight-period school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:50 p.m. Seven periods are devoted to academic coursework and one period is designated for student activities and activity-related coursework.
Thomas Jefferson, as a community of learners, subscribes to the student created Honor Code (pdf).
The foundation of the curricular program at TJ focuses on an interdisciplinary approach aimed at maximizing the full potential of each student's intellectual, technological and affective skills. Course work such as the ninth grade IBET program and Humanities courses are driven by six learning methodologies: acquiring powerful communication skills; developing collaborative skills, thinking and working in the context of systems; working with real projects and problems; managing change; and developing an ethical culture. In order to maximize collaborative team work among the staff and nurture an interdisciplinary environment for learning, the departments are grouped together logically into four divisions:
- Science and Technology
- Math and Computer Science
- Foreign Language, Arts and Physical Education
The following programs are unique to TJHSST and are among some of the specialized course work required of our students:
- IBET (Integrated Biology, English and Technology
- Technical Research Laboratories
- TJ Mentorship Program
Faculty Curator: Richard Washer