Coordinates: 38°49′01″N 77°10′04″W / 38.81695°N 77.16785°W / 38.81695; -77.16785
|Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology|
|6560 Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22312
|School type||Public, magnet high school|
|School district||Fairfax County Public Schools|
|Staff||approximately 106 full-time staff|
|Color(s)||Red, white, and blue|
|Feeder schools||Northern Virginia schools|
|Athletic conferences||Liberty District
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST, TJ, Jefferson) is a Virginia state-chartered magnet school located within Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. It is a regional high school operated by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
As a publicly funded and administered high school with selective admissions, TJHSST is often compared with notable public magnet schools, although it did get rid of non-application based admission after the class of 1988. Attendance at TJ is open to students in six local jurisdictions based on an admissions test, prior academic achievement, recommendations and essays. The selective admissions program was initiated in 1985 through the cooperation of state and county governments, as well as corporate sponsorship from the defense and technology industries. TJHSST occupies the building of the previously FCPS non-selective Thomas Jefferson High School (constructed in 1965). TJHSST is one of 18 Virginia Governor's Schools, and a founding member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.
U.S. News & World Report ranked the school the best public high school in the nation from 2007 to 2013. The school is currently starting a major renovation, which should be completed by the end of 2020. The renovation hopes to overhaul the school's aging facilities, as many have not been updated since the school was built in 1964.