TJHSST Eligibility Requirements
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions
All applicants to TJHSST 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 3355.12).
The applicant and the parent/legal guardian must actually reside (be present) in the participating school division at the time of application. If you own property here, but do not actually live here, you are not eligible to apply to TJHSST unless and until you actually reside here.
The school divisions currently participating in TJHSST are:
- Arlington County
- Fairfax County (includes City of Fairfax)
- Falls Church City
- Loudoun County
- Prince William County
Fauquier County Public Schools and the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, and Manassas Park do not currently participate in TJHSST. Students who live in those school divisions are not eligible to apply to, or attend, TJHSST. If you live in one of these school divisions and you have questions regarding their non-participation in TJHSST, please contact that school division directly for additional information.
It is a violation of Virginia law (Va. Code § 22.1-264.1) to make false statements concerning the residency of a child for purposes of enrollment in a school outside of the attendance zone in which the student resides.
Proof of ResidencyPrivate school and home school student proof of residency
Applicants to the freshman class at TJHSST must be taking a full-year of Algebra 1 for high school credit or a higher level math course in grade 8 to apply to TJHSST. Algebra 1, Part A does not satisfy the math prerequisite for freshman application.
Your school must verify the math course you are enrolled in for grade 8 on the application form. If your school offers a course that is not called Algebra 1 but you will earn a high school credit in Algebra 1 after completing that course, you must provide a detailed description of the math curriculum for all math courses taken in middle school (including the name of the textbook used) with your application.
If you are a homeschooled student, you must provide a detailed description of the math curriculum for all math courses taken in middle school (including the name of the textbook used) with your application.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
All applicants to TJHSST, at the completion of 7th grade, must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to be eligible to apply.