St. Louis United States of America
Thomas Jefferson School

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Founded: 1946 Location: St. Louis, MO Classification: Day and Boarding, independent, co-educational, non-sectarian Mission: Thomas Jefferson School gives its students the strongest possible academic background through a classical education. Within a nurturing community, students develop a responsibility for their own learning and a desire to lift up the world with beauty and intellect. 2018-2019 Enrollment: 85 students (grades 7-12) Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1 Average class size: 10 Average ACT score: 31 Average SAT score: 1460 Length of academic classes: 35 minutes Number of AP courses: 13 Average number of AP courses completed by a TJ student: 7 World languages: Latin, Greek, French & Italian Varsity sports: volleyball, basketball, soccer Non-competitive athletics: tennis, fitness & yoga School mascot: Titans Club offerings: 23 College matriculation: 100% Alumni: 600+ Facilities: 20 acre campus, five outdoor tennis courts, yoga/dance studio, weight room, outdoor soccer field, gymnasium, seven cottage-style dormatories Average dorm size: 350 sq. feet (33 sq. meters)

  • Day school tuition N/A - $29950 USD
  • Grades for day school 7th Grade/Year 8 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Year founded 1946
  • Boarding school tuition $58150 - $51850 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 7th Grade/Year 8 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Curricula Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed



Admissions Information

Admissions Process

• Apply online. • Take the SSAT and TOEFL. • Participate in a Skype or WeChat Interview.

Entry Requirements

• Application form • SSAT and TOEFL scores • A Skype or WeChat interview

Applicant Evaluations


  • First application deadline 14 January
  • Students can join after the academic year begins No
  • Application fee (domestic) $40 USD
  • Application fee (international) $150 USD


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught French, Greek, Italian, Latin
  • Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP


Middle-School Program7thEnglish 7Algebra 1Latin 1World GeographyEarth and Environmental ScienceVisual Arts (semester 1)Theatre Fundamentals (semester 2)8thEnglish 8Algebra 2Latin 2Ancient World HistoryIntroduction to ChemistryPerforming Arts (semester 1)Visual Arts (semester 2)High-School Program9thEnglish 9: Literature and CompositionGeometry and Introduction to StatisticsGreek 1: HomericModern World HistoryIntroduction to BiologyFine-arts elective10thEnglish 10: Literature and CompositionAdvanced Algebra/TrigonometryGreek 2: AtticAP U.S. Government and Politics*AP Physics 1*Fine-arts elective* 10th-grade AP courses are test optional; by spring break, students choose if they will take the AP in May.11thAP English Literature and CompositionPrecalculusModern-language elective: Accelerated Introductory French or ItalianAP elective (See the note that follows on Advanced Placement courses)Fine-arts elective12thAP English Language and CompositionAP Calculus BC or AP Statistics*Accelerated Intermediate French or ItalianAP U.S. History (required for U.S. citizens, elective for others) Fine-arts elective* Students who have completed the AP math requirement in the junior year elect an additional AP course in science, social science, or math. See note on AP courses for details about offerings.

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology provides essential tools for inquiry, exploration, communication, and creativity. Inside the classroom, it enhances instruction and discussion. Outside the classroom, it enables research, collaboration, and continued learning, all of which are fundamental to the high level of engagement that is the hallmark of our program.

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school No
  • School start time 08:30
  • School end time 14:01
  • Most common nationality US
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Uniform required No
  • Average class size 14

Living Accommodations

At TJ you are more than a resident, you are a part of our family. Learning to live alongside your peers is an invaluable life skill, and an essential one in preparing for college and beyond. As parents by proxy, we provide our boarding students with all of the creature comforts needed to mirror their experience at home (and countless reminders to do laundry. In addition to our expert faculty, our residential life staff consists of Resident Assistants (RAs), a school nurse, a school counselor, and members of our student-led Boarding Council, typically an upperclassman. Students share one full-time roommate and up to two day students who utilize desk space in the dorm during the academic day. Rooms are spacious, averaging 350 sq. feet (33 sq. meters), each with a private bathroom and keypad secured entrance.

Schools Facilities

20 acres of green space 5 outdoor tennis courts gymnasium building designed by famed architect, William Bernoudy fitness, dance and yoga studio Art Barn: two art studios, pottery wheel and kiln 7 freestanding, cottage-style dormitories, each with a Resident Assistant apartment outdoor soccer field native species garden Student Health Center SmartBoard integrated classrooms 2 fully equipped science laboratories computer lab and printer

School Lunch

We know how important good food is to a great student life experience. Our day and boarding students partake in a wide-ranging dining menu each week provided by our food service partner, Pedestal Foods. Students, faculty and staff eat together daily and get to enjoy one another's company. Our community benefits greatly from the time we spend sharing meals together! Monday through Friday there are three lunch periods offered from 11:35 a.m. until 1:24 p.m. Boarding students have daily breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and dinner each evening at 6:00 p.m. Weekend dining hours differ slightly.

Sports Teams

Part of what fosters the development of a well-rounded student is giving them access and encouragement to maintain a healthy lifestyle through excise. Every student at TJ is required to participate in a physical activity during the prescribed daily time for athletics whether that be a team sport like basketball, soccer, or volleyball, or a non-competitive activity like tennis, yoga or fitness offering ranging weekly from hiking to weightlifting.

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes
  • Percent that pursue university 100