TJHSST Sophomore Eligibility

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions

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Residency Requirements

All sophomore applicants must, at the time of application, live with a parent or legal guardian who resides full time in, and meets the residency requirements of, a school division that participates in TJHSST. (FCPS Regulation 3355.13) The applicant and the parent/legal guardian, therefore, must actually reside (be present) in the participating school division at the time of application (which includes the verification of the transcript and test scores). 

The school divisions currently participating in TJHSST are: Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the City of Falls Church.

The window to submit the high school unofficial transcript as well as PSAT or SAT test scores (optional this year only) is April 23, 2021. These documents will be evaluated for rigor and you will be notified if you qualify to move forward with the application process.

A very limited exception to the residency requirement is provided only for active-duty military with current PCS (not separation) orders.  Your orders must show that you are ordered to report to this area after May 21, 2021, and prior to the first day of school for 2021-2022. Orders also must show family members who are moving with you. 

Proof of Residency 

If you are not currently enrolled in a public middle or high school in a school district that participates in TJHSST at the time of application, proof of residency is required. 

When submitting an application, please upload one document from each of the three following groups: (1) lease, deed or mortgage statement; (2) gas, water or electric bill; and (3) driver's license or bank statement.  Each document must contain the name of the primary parent as well as the address listed within the application.

Contact the Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu for additional information regarding required proof of residency requirements.

  • Arlington County
  • Fairfax County (includes Fairfax City)
  • Falls Church City
  • Loudoun County
  • Prince William County

Coursework Requirements:

  • All sophomore round applicants must submit (no sooner than April 1, 2021, and no later than April 23, 2021) a copy of your high school transcript, containing all courses taken prior to 9th grade for high school credit, along with your official PSAT/SAT scores (optional for this year) before you are approved to begin an application. If you have any questions, please email the Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu.


Applicants to the sophomore class must have completed the following graduation credits by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year:

If your school does not offer the exact courses listed above, you must submit with your application documentation from your prior school (such as copies of the curriculum, course syllabus, etc.) that describes in detail each course and the material covered.

Biology is required as a course for 9th grade students and Geometry is the minimum required math class.**See note below.

**If you have taken Algebra 2/Trigonometry, but not Geometry, you may apply to TJHSST. You will be required to take Geometry in grade 10 if you are admitted to TJHSST.

If you have taken Algebra 2, but not Algebra 2/Trigonometry, you may apply to TJHSST. If admitted, you will be placed in the appropriate math course to address the Trigonometry component.

  • English – 1 credit
  • Algebra 1 – 1 credit
  • Biology – 1 credit*
  • Geometry – 1 credit**
  • Health/PE – 1 credit
  • World Languages – 1 credit
  • Elective – 1 credit

Test Requirements (Optional) 

All applicants to the sophomore class of TJHSST are not required to take either the PSAT or the SAT for admissions. (This is optional for this year but we will accept any PSAT or SAT scores you have already received.)

  • Copies of your official PSAT or SAT score reports may be submitted along with your high school transcript directly to the TJHSST Admissions Office by April 23, 2021, before you can begin an application. Make sure that the test scores clearly show your name. 

We do not accept or consider ACT, ASPIRE, or any other standardized tests at this time as a substitution for the PSAT or SAT.

The College Board administers the SAT. We also know that limited testing sessions have been scheduled. This is the reason the test scores are optional for this year only. Go to www.collegeboard.org to obtain information about the SAT and to register for that test. Your current school’s student services/guidance office can assist you with this process.

The TJHSST Admissions Office will not receive scores sent to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology through SAT Registration.

If you have any questions, please email the Admissions Office.

Attendance Cap Requirements

A student may only apply to sophomore round if that the student is applying from a school division that has not exceeded its attendance cap for the grade for which the student is applying. If you do not live in Fairfax County, you should contact the Admissions Office at 571-423-3770 or by email at tjadmissions@fcps.edu before you apply to make sure that applications will be allowed from your school division.