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Thomas Jefferson School is currently accepting applications to its boarding and day programs in grades 7-12 for the 2020-21 school year.

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Why Board With Us

At TJ you are more than a resident, you are part of our family.

As parents by proxy, we provide our boarding students with all of the creature comforts needed to mirror their experience at home. In addition our expert faculty, our residential life staff consists of Resident Assistants (RAs), a school nurse, a school counselor, and members of our student-led Boarding Council. Each dorm cottage contains a RA apartment and a member of Boarding Council, typically an upperclassman. Rooms are spacious, averaging 350sq. feet, many with a private bathroom, and all with keypad secured entrances. TJ sits on 20 picturesque acres in Sunset Hills, Missouri, a quiet suburb of St. Louis, minutes away from malls, restaurants, shopping, recreational facilities, and numerous cultural and educational institutions. 
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Student Spotlight

When I visited TJ, one of the big draws was the class experience. Unlike what I had both experienced in grade school and seen at other schools, class seemed fun without being fluff. Students were enjoying learning about things that most kids wouldn't touch with a yardstick. If the teachers could make the rock cycle as interesting as a full-blown lab experiment, why shouldn't I go? Three years later, I can say for sure I was right. Learning Greek paradigms and diving into cellular respiration are just as amazing as anything else, and the marvelous community experiences a small school can do are just gravy. I can say for sure that I would be bored to death if I never found a community with quite the excitement of learning and zest for life that TJ has offered to me for the past few years, and I hope many others can receive the gift.
Class of 2022
Day Student
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Teacher Spotlight

"At TJ, the exchange of ideas becomes a way of life, and ideas are often valued more than answers. Students learn to think deeply and mine for knowledge and ideas, and they learn to demand that from themselves, their classmates, and their teachers."
Jane Roth, '91
Director of Academics; Instructor in English & Classical Languages
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Alumni Spotlight

"TJ taught me how to think critically about everything, which allows me to proactively tackle any challenges that may arise in work and constantly question how we can refine processes or tools to make them better."
Henry Agbo, '05
Harvard University's class of 2009
Strategic Business Development at Apple, Inc.
  • 1450 Avg. SAT Score
  • 31 Avg. ACT Score
  • 85 Students in Grades 7-12
  • 7 Countries Represented in our Community
  • 6 States Represented in our Community
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    64% Students of Color
  • 100% Full-time Faculty with Advanced Degrees

News & Announcements

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An Urgent Announcement Regarding Fourth Quarter

With the health and safety of our globally interconnected community as our first priority, Thomas Jefferson School has decided to close its campus and move to a remote learning model for the remainder of the academic year. Please click "read full story" to view the letter from Dr. Elizabeth Holekamp, Head of School, outlining the decision.
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College Bound!

Congrats to our TJ seniors! Oh the places you will go!
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Balfour honors TJ Yearbook

The Thomas Jefferson School yearbook staff has been recognized by Balfour Yearbooks with an Honorable Mention Certificate of Recognition for its outstanding contribution to scholastic journalism. T
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TJ students visit Forsyth School

On the heels of their trip to the Galapagos Islands, TJ students visited Forsyth School to discuss the impact of marine pollution on wildlife, and collaborate on a t-shirt turned reusable bag upcycling project.

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