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Upper School

Thomas Jefferson’s Upper School program prepares your child for success in college and in life.

Preparing Your Child for Academic Excellence

Thomas Jefferson’s classical liberal arts, Western civilization-focused Upper School program prepares your child for success in college and beyond.

TJ’s comprehensive, time-tested Upper School curriculum, which includes 18 Advanced Placement courses, builds on the core subjects of English, math, science, history, and world languages, including Spanish, Latin, and Chinese. See the Curriculum Guide for more information.

Physical education, extracurricular activities, and electives, such as vocal and instrumental music ensembles, Robotics, Speech and Debate, and Publications, help students develop into well-rounded people. Through student government and participation in service organizations and projects, they also gain tools to make a difference in the community and in the world.

Our Upper School faculty are focused on and invested in every student’s success, providing individualized attention and mentorship. These exceptional educators embrace TJ’s Honor Code and mission, helping students assume responsibility for their actions, welcome criticism, test new capacities, practice self-disciple, and find joy in learning.

TJ’s comprehensive Upper School program sets children on a path to realize their full potential — at TJ, in college, and in life. Our time-honored approach works: 100% of TJ graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and universities. The average ACT Composite score for the last three graduating classes is 28.7, and many of our students also receive significant merit-based scholarship offers upon graduation.

TJ Faculty

TJ Faculty

TJ Upper School faculty are caring and dedicated mentors who challenge and guide your child in preparation for college.

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College Planning

College Planning

TJ has the resources in place to help your family navigate through all that is involved in choosing the college that is the best fit.

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Curriculum Guide

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Curriculum Guide


TJ graduates accepted into 4-year colleges and universities.

$7 million +

Average merit-based scholarships offered to members of the Class of 2023


Average ACT composite score for the Class of 2023


“TJ is a place where students can really be themselves.”

Middle and Upper School English teacher

All students must successfully complete a minimum of 25 ¾ course credits:

  • English (4 credits): English 9, English 10, AP Language and Composition*, and AP Literature and Composition*
  • History and Social Studies (4 Credits): Medieval History AP European History, AP US History*, Economics (½ credit), AP US Government and Politics* (½ credit), Humanities (1 credit)
  • Foreign Language (3 credits): Latin I-IV, AP Latin; Spanish I-IV, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, Chinese I-IV, and AP Chinese Language
  • Interim Courses (1½ credits): Bible as Literature, Music Appreciation; Art History; Statistics; Speech; and Research Skills
  • Mathematics (3 credits): Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics
  • Laboratory Sciences (4 credits): Biology, Chemistry, Applied Physics, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Chemistry
  • Physical Education and Athletics (1 credit)
  • Senior Mentorship (¼ credit)
  • Year- and Semester-Length Electives (4 credits, 1 credit must be completed in fine arts courses): See available Electives in the Curriculum Guide.

TJ offers 18 AP courses, five of which are required of all students. Most students take at least six AP courses during their studies, including one laboratory science:

    • AP Language and Composition
    • AP Literature and Composition
    • AP US History
    • AP US Government and Politics
    • AP European History
    • AP Latin
    • AP Spanish Language
    • AP Spanish Literature
    • AP Chinese Language
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Computer Science
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Biology
    • AP Physics
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Music Theory
    • AP Studio Art

Regardless of their course grade, all students enrolled in an AP course are encouraged to sit for the AP course exam during the May testing period.



Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School delivers a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum in a supportive and nurturing environment.