Jefferson provides a comprehensive curriculum, emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology. Students follow an intensive four-year program that includes the Freshman IBET, computer science, humanities, Foreign Languages, Fine Arts and Physical Education. All seniors are required to complete a technology laboratory project as the culmination of their TJ academic experience, either in one of specialized Technical Research Laboratories, or through the TJ Mentorship Program. The TJHSST eight-period school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:50 p.m. Seven periods are devoted to academic coursework and one period is designated for student activities and activity-related coursework. Student and faculty research is supported by the Geoff Jones Library. Many online resources are made available to students and staff, including Mathematica and numerous online databases.
The foundation of the curricular program at TJ focuses on an interdisciplinary approach aimed at maximizing the full potential of each student's intellectual, technological and affective skills. Course work such as the ninth grade IBET program and Humanities courses are driven by six learning methodologies: acquiring powerful communication skills; developing collaborative skills, thinking and working in the context of systems; working with real projects and problems; managing change; and developing an ethical culture. More information about the various academic programs at TJ can be found in the school's annually updated Course Selection Guide. In order to maximize collaborative team work among the staff and nurture an interdisciplinary environment for learning, the academic departments are grouped together logically into divisions:
Other divisions and areas of interest:
The following programs are unique to TJHSST and are among some of the specialized course work required of our students: