Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology offers a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology. As a Virginia Academic-Year Governor's school, students from several school jurisdictions are selected on the basis of aptitude and interest in the biological, chemical, physical, mathematical, and computer sciences and intent to pursue college preparation in the sciences, engineering, or related fields.
Representatives from business and industry and FCPS staff members work to develop curriculum and facilities for the school. Many in the local business community, through the FCPS Education Foundation and the Jefferson Partnership Fund provide support for the school and technical assistance to the faculty. Specialized technology laboratories, including a Cray IV Super Computer and computational science center, enhance the academic curriculum and provide students with experiences in state-of-the-art technological environments, opportunities for independent research and experimentation, and interaction with professionals from the scientific, engineering, technological, and industrial communities. The technology laboratories are: aerospace sciences, chemical analysis, computer-assisted design, computer systems, energy systems, geosciences, industrial automation and robotics, life sciences and biotechnology, microelectronics, oceanography, prototyping and engineering materials, optics and modern physics, and video technology and communications.
Staff members prepare students to have a global perspective of science, the humanities, and technology, which will develop leaders who see the quality of decisions as irrevocably tied to the processes creating them. Academic and cocurricular programs stimulate intellectual curiosity, creativity, and risk taking. Educators encourage independence in learning, confidence in ability, and social and ethical responsibility. Students and staff members develop their own processes for learning and using information in an ethical, cooperative network.
Last Updated: 2006-02-01