Math and Computer Science Teachers
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ)
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) is seeking math and computer science teachers for Fall 2015. Established in 1985, TJ, located in Alexandria, VA about 10 miles outside of Washington, DC is the result of a partnership of businesses and schools created to improve education in science, mathematics, and technology. As the Governor's School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia, the school is also supported by the Virginia Department of Education. Unlike some other magnet schools, TJ has a four-year, comprehensive, full day program which includes an activity period (resulting in an extended school day) and a full sports program.
The mission of TJ is to provide students with a challenging learning environment focused on math, science, and technology, to inspire joy at the prospect of discovery, and to foster a culture of innovation based on ethical behavior and the shared interests of humanity. The curriculum at TJHSST has as its foundation an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to education that is driven by six foci: developing powerful communication skills, learning in a collaborative environment, thinking and working in systems, providing experience with real life projects, teaching change management and infusing ethics throughout all aspects of school life.
The minimum entry level for math is Geometry with most students entering at Algebra 2 and above. There is a year of AP Calculus required for graduation. Courses below Calculus are part of a semester course system that started in the fall of 2014 and all incoming freshmen now take a semester of Research Statistics. We offer three full years of math beyond Calculus.
There is also a year of Computer Science required for graduation which students satisfy through our Foundations of Computer Science course taught in Java or potentially taking AP Computer Science after placing out of Foundations. Fifty percent of our students take more than the required one year of computer science. Our AP Computer Science course follows the old AB curriculum. Beyond AP Computer Science, we offer electives through our Systems Lab and Mobile and Web Applications Lab such as Artificial Intelligence, Parallel Computing, Mobile App Development, and Web App Development. These courses are taught in a variety of programming languages.
We are seeking math and computer science teachers for Fall 2015.