International Student Admissions Process

Prospective Applicants from Mainland China

Thomas Jefferson School encourages all applicants from Mainland China to register for the SSAT and to submit your TJ application through Standard Application Online before November 30, 2023. 

China has implemented the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) and this new policy will regulate the collections and use of personal data and privacy.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. 


Apply to TJ with SSAT’s Standard Application Online (SAO). For international applicants, TJ's application fee is $150. TJ's school code is 7660.


Application Process

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  • Application Process for International Boarding Applicants (Grades 7-12)

    How to apply:
    1. Create your SSAT account profile here
    2. Submit the Student Essays
    3. Submit the Parent Statement
    4. Submit the application fee ($150)
    5. Schedule your Student's Interview and Parent Meeting: Interviews can be scheduled by sending a message to our Director of Enrollment at
    6. Register for the SSAT Exam (TJ's SSAT code is 7660)
    7. English proficiency test (choose one option):
      • Register for the TOEFL Exam (TJ's TOEFL code is 7422) or
      • Take the Duolingo English Test: This is an online test that can be taken on-demand in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with us when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
    8. Request the Principal/Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form to be completed by a Principal or Guidance Counselor
    9. Request Math Recommendation Form to be completed by current math teacher
    10. Request English Recommendation Form to be completed by current English teacher
    11. Request School Transcripts from current school

    Thomas Jefferson School Admissions Dates and Deadlines for 2023 - 2024.

    Applications due on Jan 10, 2023.
    Notifications sent on Mar. 10, 2023.
    Contracts due on March 31, 2023.

    Rolling Admissions will begin on March 11, 2023 for all grades and programs on a space-available basis
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility

    International students who are not U.S. citizens must send a statement accepting financial responsibility for all of the student’s tuition, personal expenses, and travel/vacation costs. The family should also attach an official document from the family’s bank or financial institution indicating that the funds are available. The tuition and fees listed above to not include travel expenses, spending money, dorm decorations or supplies, Advanced Placement examination fees, SAT examination fees, college application fees, and a philanthropic monetary gift to TJ's Annual Fund.
  • I-20 Process

    Students are issued an I-20 after they have been admitted (successful completion of the admissions application, and in receipt of an offer of admission), and have enrolled (signed the enrollment contract, and submitted the tuition deposit). After a student has enrolled, the DSO will issue and I-20 form. 

    Once you receive the I-20 form from TJ, it is then your responsibility to pay the I-90 Sevis fee and apply for a F-1 student visa. To learn about the interview process and what documents you need to obtain your F-1 visa, please contact your local U.S. Consulate. A list of U.S. Consulates can be found here.

    U.S. Government Resources

Statement of Non-Discrimination

There shall be no discrimination by the School in the selection of its governing Board, in the employment of personnel, in the admission of students, or in the administration of the School’s programming because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital, veteran, or handicapped status in violation of existing state or federal law or regulations.

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