Academics at TJ

Learning at TJ

A recent graduate reflected that her time at TJ produced “an intellectual transformation, a life-changing experience.” She went on to say that she was challenged and succeeded beyond any boundary she had imagined. This transformation doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen without work, but it does happen. How does it happen? As a result of confronting a meaningful, time-tested course of study and engaging in it with peers and teachers who expect one another to work hard and think hard. 

At TJ, the exchange of ideas becomes a way of life, and ideas are often valued more than answers. A classical liberal-arts approach to education is the basis for the TJ curriculum. Students immerse themselves in the fundamental college-prep areas of English, math, language, science, social studies, and art, choosing electives in certain areas as they get older, but sharing a core educational experience with peers across all grades. Students learn to think deeply and mine for knowledge and ideas, and they learn to demand that approach from themselves, their classmates, and their teachers.

As you explore the details of our academic program, imagine the shared intellectual journey you will be a part of.

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Varsity Academics at TJ

Middle-School Program

High-School Program

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  • 9th Grade

    • English 9: Honors Literature and Composition
    • Geometry and Introduction to Statistics
    • Homeric Greek
    • Modern World History
    • Accelerated Physics
    • Two semester-long fine-arts electives
  • 10th Grade

    • English 10: Honors Literature and Composition
    • Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry
    • Attic Greek
    • AP U.S. Government and Politics
    • Accelerated Biology (one semester)
    • Accelerated Chemistry (one semester)
    • Two semester-long fine-arts electives
  • 11th Grade

    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • Precalculus
    • Modern-language elective: Accelerated Introductory French or Italian
    • AP elective (Biology, Chemistry, Physics C, or AP Comparative Government and Politics)
    • Two semester-long fine-arts electives
  • 12th Grade

    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics (Students who have completed the AP math requirement in the junior year elect an additional AP course in science, social science, or math.)
    • Accelerated Intermediate French or Italian
    • AP U.S. History (required for U.S. citizens, elective for others)
    • Two semester-long fine-arts electives

Start Your TJ Journey

The best way to get to know TJ is by spending time on campus, meeting our students and experiencing our classes. See our community for yourself at one of our open houses, shadow days, or let us create the perfect visit just for you.

Thomas Jefferson School

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