Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)
TJHSST is the product of a partnership between Fairfax County Public Schools and local business to improve education in science, mathematics, and technology. This unique public school offers a comprehensive program that focuses on scientific, mathematical, and technological fields. The core skills and values infused throughout the curriculum emphasize and promote critical inquiry and research, problem-solving skills, intellectual curiosity, and social responsibility. Requirements for the TJHSST diploma include the completion of an original engineering or experimental research project in an on-campus laboratory or off-site through a mentorship program at a government, corporate, or university research laboratory. TJHSST’s science and technology research laboratories include Astronomy and Astrophysics, Automation and Robotics; Biotechnology, Chemical Analysis, Communication Systems, Computer Systems, Computer Assisted Design, Energy Systems, Microelectronics, Neuroscience, Oceanography/Geophysical Systems, Optics and Modern Physics, and Prototyping and Engineering Materials. Selected outstanding research projects are published in TJHSST’s student-produced research journal. As the regional magnet Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia, the school serves applicants from seven different participating school districts: Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, as well as the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.