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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

First of all, TJ embodies opportunity. Its challenging classes have pushed me to discover and celebrate an academic potential that may have remained dormant had I not enrolled here. As a boarding student, TJ has become a home where I have grown not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. It is a place where I feel at peace. TJ is also a family. family. Sure some siblings might be more annoying than others, but I feel a pride similar to that of being a part of my biological family and heritage. At TJ, I can be myself, express my opinions and ideas, and most importantly, feel accepted.
Luis Castellanos '20
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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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A Message from Thomas Jefferson School

"As an educational community guiding students who will lead our future as citizens of the world, it is imperative that we see and hear them, and that we provide them tools to fight hate and racism. We want our students to be able to change the world for the better, so it is our duty to do all we can to lead the way, fully recognizing that as adults within the school, we too have a lot to learn." An excerpt from the school's statement on the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery (among countless others) shared today with current families. To read the full statement, please click read more.
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Tour Campus

Take a virtual tour of our beautiful park-like 20 acre campus in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.
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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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