TJHSST Sophomore Application Process

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

Admissions Process

TJHSST Admissions accepts a very limited number of students for its sophomore class (10th grade) each year. Students who wish to apply for the 2024-2025 sophomore class must submit their 9th grade high school transcript between April 1 and April 24 by 4:00 pm. While PSAT or SAT scores are optional, they are encouraged. (Scores should be in the 90th percentile or above.) Once approval is given to move forward with the application, the applicant has until May 17, 2024 at 4:00 pm to complete and submit the application. All students offered admission into TJHSST begin the first day of the new school year. There is no other window available for a student to apply or enter the school.

Students that applied for the Freshman Application Round and were not offered admission may be eligible to apply during the Sophomore Round.

  • The number of students who can be accepted to the sophomore class is based in part on student attritionStudents cheering at TJHSST. In recent years, the number of admitted sophomores has ranged between 15 to 20 students. 
  • The sophomore admissions process is completed in its entirety in June each year.  The TJHSST Admissions Office administers all aspects of the admissions process. Selection is completed by a committee of faculty from TJ.
  • Students may only apply to the Sophomore Round Class of 2027 if they meet the curricular requirements and rigor to begin the application process.

Students that do not live in Fairfax County need to contact the Admissions Office at 571-423-3770 or by email at [email protected] before you apply to make sure that applications will be allowed from your school division.

Class of 2027 Application Information

All applicants to the Sophomore Round (10th grade) of admissions at TJHSST must complete the following, once their transcript has been approved:

  • Part I of the Sophomore Application requests general demographic information about the applicant.
  • Part II of the Sophomore Application is a Student Portrait Sheet that includes a series of questions and short answer prompts as well as a personal essay. All applicants will use the TJ Admissions Online System to complete both sections.
  • Transcripts
    • All sophomore admissions applicants need to submit a copy of their high school transcript. The transcript must include minimally 9th grade first semester marks for all high school courses taken or being taken at the time of application, as well as courses taken prior to 9th grade for high school credit. All applicants must be enrolled in Biology and Geometry (minimum math requirement) at the time of application.
    • Please see "Important Dates for 2023-2024" for deadlines below.
  • Three Teacher Recommendations
  • Eligibility Documents
    • Proof of residency
    • PSAT/SAT scores (optional but recommended)

Sophomore Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in applying to the sophomore round (10th grade class) of admissions must fulfill all eligibility requirements at the time of application.

Important Dates for Sophomore Round, Class of 2027

  • April 1, 2024 – Sophomore Applications available once transcript and optional test scores are approved
  • April 24, 2024 – PSAT/SAT (optional but recommended) and transcript deadline by 4:00 PM (Do not submit prior to April 1, 2024)
  • April 26, 2024 - Review and Notification Deadline to Applicants by 4:00 PM
  • May 3, 2024 - Applicant deadline to enter Teacher Recommendation Information
  • May 17, 2024 – APPLICATION DEADLINE for Full Application Submission by 4:00 PM*
  • June 28, 2024 – Final Admissions Decisions Posted No Later Than (See Sophomore Round Decisions)*

For information on final admissions decisions, please see the sophomore section of Decision Process.


Evaluation of Sophomore Applicants

Sophomore applicants are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Aptitude, achievement, and interest in the study of science, mathematics, computer science, and related technological fields evidenced by:
    • A student-authored information and data sheet and essays.
    • Marks in mathematics, science, computer science, English, social studies, foreign language, and technology-related courses.
    • Recommendations from current mathematics teacher, current science teacher, and one other current teacher chosen by the applicant.
    • Test scores - PSAT or SAT (optional for Sophomore Applicants).
  • Readiness for research, experimentation, or independent study in one of the school's technology laboratories, evidence by successful science fair projects and/or other experiences, activities, or projects (in or out of school) in science, engineering, computer science, and other areas of technology.

The admissions committee will consider the entire application, including all these factors, as part of an individualized and holistic review designed to identify a talented, committed and diverse student body consistent with the school's mission. 

The evaluation process will use only race-neutral methods that do not seek to achieve any specific racial or ethnic mix, balance, or targets. 


For more information see Regulation 3355