Thomas Jefferson School

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
4100 South Lindbergh Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63127
  • Small by design. Our campus of 85 boarding and day students is like a family. You are known. You are cared for.
  • Deliberately diverse. Our students come to learn and live together from 8 countries and 7 states.
  • Varsity academics. Our classical, core, college prepatory curriculum was designed for an academically talented student.
  • Life prep. Students immerse themselves in the arts, athletics, friendships and clubs.
  • St. Louis, MO. Once known as the "gateway to the west"; now, the gateway to the world.

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  • 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. . .
  • 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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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Thomas JeffersonBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered7-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19461907
Campus Size20 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment85 students310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1460* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1400 - 1580-
Average ACT score31*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Casual dress Monday through Thursday. Formal dress each Friday.)
Average Class Size14 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$2.5 million$22 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$58,150$52,900
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineJan. 12 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsMrs. Erin Walsh

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government & Politics, 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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered516
SportsBasketball, Dance, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2224
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Art and Literature Magazine, Art Club, Athletics Committee, Boarding Council, Chess Club, Chorus and Select Chorus, Coffee Shop, Film Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Junior Achievement Club, LARP, Mock Trial, Music Club, Newspaper, Photography Club, Pottery Activity, Pottery Room Monitor, Spirit Club, Whispers (Yearbook), Woodshop

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness Club, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2016 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Washington University in St. Louis4
Knox College3
Northwestern University3
University of Chicago3
American University2
New York University2
Smith College2
The Johns Hopkins University2
Bowdoin College1
Stanford University1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • TJ is an internationally respected, coed day and boarding school for grades 7-12. TJ is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus in suburban St. Louis, MO, where students come from twenty eight St. Louis zip codes, seven states, and eight countries to connect with others who share the same passion for learning. No matter their background, TJ students share energy, independence, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to preparing for college. Since 1946, TJ has been a greenhouse for true intellectual growth. The classical liberal arts curriculum emphasizes depth in a college preparatory core, and as a result, students` SAT scores consistently position TJ among the world`s top boarding and day schools. TJ`s program emphasizes responsibility for oneself and for the community, and holds students to high expectations in every area of school life. College preparation is TJ`s specialty. Students receive an unparalleled academic foundation- by senior year, all subjects are studied at the AP level-and a daily schedule encourages the development of personal independence. All graduates move on to four-year colleges and universities across the nation and abroad, where they settle in with confidence and ease.
  • 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. Dan Little, '61 - Attorney
    • 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

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