4100 South Lindbergh Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63127
Top 30 Best Boarding School in the U.S.  Top 2% Best High School for STEM in the U.S. | Top 1.7% Best College Prep Private High School in the U.S.
Top 2% Best Private High School in the U.S. | #1 Best Boarding School in Missouri
Small by design. Our campus of 81 boarding and day students is like a family. You are known. You are cared for.
Varsity academics. Our classical, core, college prepatory curriculum was designed for an academically talented student.
360 degree college prep: Students immerse themselves in the arts, athletics, friendships, and clubs.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 85 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $60,550
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $32,375
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Thomas Jefferson School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 298 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Thomas Jefferson School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
7-12
5-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1946
1906
Campus Size
20 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
85 students
310 students
% Students of Color
52%
25%
% International Students
27%
20%
% Students Boarding
37%
70%
Average SAT Score
1450
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1400 - 1580
-
Average ACT score
31
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Casual dress Monday through Thursday. Formal dress each Friday.
Casual
Average Class Size
14 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
15
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
93%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$2.5 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$60,550
(5-day boarding and 7-day boarding options are available.)
$61,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$32,375
$33,900
Tuition international students
$62,600
$55,000
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$55,175
$44,616
% Students on Financial Aid
46%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$22,556
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 10 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Acceptance Rate
65%
58%

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
15
17
Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Economics, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP French, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Physics 2, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP U.S. History, Italian, Latin may be offered at the discretion of the department

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered
4
16

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
25
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Art and Literature Magazine, Art Club, Athletics Committee, Boarding Council, Chess Club, Chorus and Select Chorus, Coffee Shop, Film Club, FIRST Robotics, Gay Straight Alliance, Junior Achievement Club, LARP, Mock Trial, Music Club, Newspaper, Photography Club, Spirit Club, Whispers (Yearbook)

Arts and Music Programs:
Drawing, Improvisation, Music Appreciation, Music Ensemble, Set Design

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness Club, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2016 - 2018
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Washington University in St. Louis
4
Knox College
3
Northwestern University
3
University of Chicago
3
American University
2
New York University
2
Smith College
2
The Johns Hopkins University
2
Bowdoin College
1
Stanford University
1

School Notes

  • The top-ranked Thomas Jefferson School (TJ) is internationally recognized as one of the best boarding and day schools. TJ stands in the Top 2% in the U.S. for Best High Schools for STEM and Best College Prep Private High Schools. Since 1946, TJ has instilled intellectual rigor and personal and social responsibility in its students as they prepare for college life. Visit the picturesque campus and experience what makes TJ one of the top schools in the country! Learn more at www.tjs.org.
  • Application deadline: January 10/Rolling
  • Top 2% Best Private High Schools in the U.S. (niche.com)
  • 1450/31 is the average SAT/ACT score 
  • Thomas Jefferson School accreditations: ISACS, NAIS, TABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Hon. Thomas P. Griesa, '48 - Frmr US District Judge
    • Mr. Bernat Rosner, '50 - Frmr General Counsel of Safeway; Author
    • Mr. John H. Biggs, '54 - Director of Boeing Co.; Frmr CEO of TIAA-Cref
    • Mr. Irv Williamson, 61 - US International Trade Commissioner
    • Dr. Richard Levy, '63 - Pediatric Endocrinologist
    • Mr. Keith Williamson, '70 - Senior VP and General Counsel for Centene Corporation
    • Ms. Aimee Dowl, '92 - US Department of State; Author
    • Dr. Dave Messina, '92 - COO at Cofactor Genomics
    • Ms. Alisa Tang, '92 - Editor, Washington Post
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Thomas Jefferson School cost?

Thomas Jefferson School's tuition is approximately $60,550 for boarding students and $32,375 for day students.

What is the acceptance rate of Thomas Jefferson School?

The acceptance rate of Thomas Jefferson School is 65%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 58%.

Who are famous alumni from Thomas Jefferson School?

Thomas Jefferson School famous alumni include: Hon. Thomas P. Griesa, '48, Mr. Bernat Rosner, '50, Mr. John H. Biggs, '54, Mr. Irv Williamson, 61, Dr. Richard Levy, '63, Mr. Keith Williamson, '70, Ms. Aimee Dowl, '92, Dr. Dave Messina, '92 and Ms. Alisa Tang, '92.

What sports does Thomas Jefferson School offer?

Thomas Jefferson School offers 4 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.

Does Thomas Jefferson School offer a summer program?

Yes, Thomas Jefferson School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What is Thomas Jefferson School's ranking?

Thomas Jefferson School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percent faculty with advanced degrees and High average SAT scores.

When is the application deadline for Thomas Jefferson School?

The application deadline for Thomas Jefferson School is Jan. 10 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 10 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School

Review
Description

Class of 2004
5.00
Wesleyan University
while T.J. advertises itself as a bastion of classical education, I think that its size and its English program really make it stand out. English at Thomas Jefferson is a serious matter; students learn the. . .

Class of 2001
5.00
University of Richmond
Thomas Jefferson academics are extremely rigorous and are the central focus of the student body and faculty. That said, the school has broadened the variety of extracurricular activities and options over the last few. . .
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 85 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $60,550
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $32,375
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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