Applying to Thomas Jefferson HS

2021-2022 SY

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Rippon Families,

The application window for Thomas Jefferson High School has now opened up.

Thomas Jefferson High School is a regional governor’s school that is located in Alexandria, VA – and is part of Fairfax County Public Schools.

Because Prince William County is a participating jurisdiction, students attending Rippon Middle School are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Requirements to Apply

- Students must be in the 8th grade

- Students must be taking at least Honors Algebra I or higher level Math class

(Rippon Students taking Advanced Algebra I and Geometry meet the requirement)

- Students must be taking an Honors* Science class

(*For PWCS, we get a division wide waiver for the honors science since our schools don’t offer such a course.)

- Students must be taking one additional Honors class.

(For Rippon students, this would be Extended Language Arts)

- Students must have a 3.5 overall core class GPA (Based on end of the year 7th grade marks, and Q1 of 8th grade)

Completing the Application

Please keep in mind that applications must be started by the student, where in they will enter a parent/guardian e-mail address.

At that point, parents will be invited to create their paired parent account.

Once that piece is complete, I (the Liaison counselor) will need to verify your student’s math placement.

I ask that you please give me 24-48 hours to complete this process. Once that has been done, you will be notified that you can log back in and complete the application.

Important Notes

There is no application fee to apply to TJ, and the “TJ Test” has been eliminated.
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Part II of the Application Process

Once students have completed the online application, they will enter the next phase of the application process.

Students will be asked to complete a “Portrait of a Student Graduate” sheet, and also a student essay later on Saturday, January 29th at 8 AM.

This will take place in a proctored setting In-Person at a location within Prince William County (To Be Determined)

Allocation of Seats and Acceptances

Each public school within Fairfax County and each cooperating school division will be presumptively allocated a number of seats equal to 1.5% of that school’s 8th grade student population (“Allocated Seats”).

All remaining public school applicants and applicants who do not attend public school in Fairfax County or in a cooperating division will be considered for the Unallocated Seats, which will be offered to the highest evaluated applicants in that group.

Student will be notified of one of three acceptance decisions:

-Offered Admission

-Placed on the Waitlist

-Not offered admission

Important Dates

Monday, October 25 Applications Available - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov 17 Last Day to Begin Application - 4:00 pm

Friday, November 19 Application Deadline - 4:00 pm

Saturday, January 29 SPS/Essay Writing Administration - 8:00 am

Saturday, February 5 Inclement Weather Date for January 29

Friday, February 4 Accommodations, Make-Up SPS/Essay Writing Administration - 8:00 am

Friday, February 11 Inclement Weather Date for February 4

Friday, April 29 Final Notifications Released on or Before

Contact Information

TJ Admission Office Contact Information:

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Admissions Office FAX:


Mr. Davison E-Mail Address: