Established in 1985, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST or TJ) is a Virginia Governor’s School administered by Fairfax County Public Schools. As a selective secondary school, TJ serves almost 1,900 students from the Northern Virginia jurisdictions of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William Counties, and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.
TJ provides a dynamic, specialized learning environment for selected students with high ability, aptitude, and interest in mathematics, science and technology who seek a comprehensive, challenging curriculum with emphasis in these disciplines. Each year, a competitive admissions process results in offers of enrollment to approximately 15% of applicants for a class of 480 freshmen.
As the non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting TJ, the TJPF works closely with the school administration to help further its unique mission. The TJPF raises funds from current and past parents, alumni, corporations and foundations, and others who believe in the importance of the school's role as a STEM education leader.
Since the merger of the TJ Alumni Association and the TJPF in 2014, the two organizations have combined forces. The TJPF’s staff and resources help Alumni Association volunteers reach alumni with the message of giving back to TJ, assist with reunion planning, host regional alumni networking events, and facilitate alumni participation in school and outreach activities.
In conjunction with the dramatic renovation of the School that began in June 2013, the TJPF launched the Campaign for TJ to raise funds for the infrastructure, state-of-the-art research equipment, and sophisticated technology that would not be covered by public funds but that was critical to meet TJ’s unique needs and goals. The Campaign concluded in December 2017, exceeding its goal of $8 million.
After the conclusion of the Campaign for TJ, the TJPF Board members have expanded the focus of the TJPF into three primary groups: Alumni Engagement, TJ's Academic Mission and Excellence, and STEM Outreach.