Thomas Jefferson School

4100 S Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, MO 63127

Thomas Jefferson was established as a boys' school by Robin McCoy, Charles Merrill, Jr., and Graham Spring, three Harvard alumni. Mr. McCoy was headmaster for 34 years, until his retirement in 1980, while Mr. Merrill taught for 10 years and eventually moved to Boston, MA, and started the Commonwealth School. The 20-acre campus is located on a former private estate in the residential neighborhood of Sunset Hills; its main building occupies the estate's original home. The school became coeducational in 1971. English and mathematics form the foundation of the curriculum, along with science, social studies, and both classical and modern foreign languages. By the senior year, a typical student's program is entirely at the Advanced Placement level. All classes are held in the morning; part of the afternoon is spent engaged in study—the youngest pupils begin with a supervised study hall and advance to independent study at faculty discretion—while the rest is structured with labs, athletics and extracurricular meetings. A mandatory fine arts class meets two afternoons a week; typical options include choir, appreciation courses in art and music, and studio courses in drawing and painting, ceramics and photography. Participation in athletics is required several days a week; students choose one sport or activity per season from among both interscholastic and intramural options. Student involvement in off-campus activities is encouraged, and all pupils fulfill a community service requirement of 75 total hours in grades 9-12. In addition, TJS schedules optional weekend activities such as concerts and sporting events. The entire student body attends productions at the St. Louis Repertory Theater, and individual classes take field trips to the symphony, the art museum, and other exhibits and events. In addition, the headmaster leads a trip to Europe approximately every other summer. These trips, which focus on Florence, Italy, and London, England, with side excursions made to other cities, pay particular attention to art, architecture, theater and historical sites.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 7-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address4100 S Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, MO 63127
Year Established1946
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorElizabeth L. Holekamp
Applications DueFebruary
Total Enrollment91
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