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Welcome from the Head of School

The opening sentence of TJ's mission tasks us with "providing students with the strongest possible academic background." This ideal guides all of our decisions within the community.
Our class sizes create a tight-knit community supporting intense and lifelong learning. The discussion-heavy classes mean that knowledge is generated in the classroom each day. A common curricular and co-curricular experience shared by all students helps provide support and leadership from peers. Intentional scaffolding of independent learning sets up for—as one recent graduate stated—an "easy" transition to college and beyond.
 
The closing sentence of our mission shows us what TJ graduates become in the world: people who "desire to lift up the world with beauty and intellect." Our alumni may find success in a wide variety of fields (art, business, computer science, dance, engineering, law, medicine, physics, to name a few), but they all share the same foundation of their academic experience at TJ. Above all, our graduates are curious and confident: curious to explore the world and confident that they can acquire the skills and knowledge to be experts in whatever they choose to explore.
 
I'll admit that I'm envious of graduates who can claim to be part of TJ's alumni community. Fortunately, I'm able to lead and contribute to the community that I've come to recognize as one of the best environments for learning in the world. I encourage you to explore further; I'm sure you'll come to appreciate the unique school that is TJ.
 
Sincerely,
Matt 

Matthew R. Troutman, Ph.D.
Head of School

TJ at a Glance

Thomas Jefferson School

4100 S. Lindbergh Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63127
P. (314) 843-4151
F. (314) 843-3527