Application Process for Domestic Day & Boarding Students

Come see us! At TJ, we feel strongly that the best way to get to know us, is to visit us. If you live in the St. Louis area or are able to travel to TJ, we strongly recommend that you attend either a tour of campus or an Open House event prior to beginning your admissions application. 

If you are unable to arrange a visit to TJ during the admissions process, we will arrange a meeting via phone or Skype.

Tuesday Tours

Tours are offered on most Tuesday mornings beginning in late September. Tours begin promptly at 9:00am and will run around 75 minutes. Please wear shoes and clothing suitable for walking both indoors and outdoors. To register to attend a tour of TJ, please click here.

Open House Events 

TJ After Dark | Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

A Day at TJ | Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 10:00am - noon

Come hungry! Both events will conclude with a meal with our students and faculty. Please wear shoes and clothing suitable for walking both indoors and outdoors. To register to attend an open house, please click here.

Click here for directions to the school. 

Apply to TJ with SSAT’s Standard Application Online (SAO). For domestic applicants, TJ's application fee is $40. SSAT accepts both Visa and Mastercard.

After setting up an account with SSAT, the application will prompt you to complete multiple parts:

  • Part 1: Student/Family Information
  • Part 2: Student Questionnaire
  • Part 3: Parent Statement
We strongly recommend completing Parts 1-3 of the application prior to scheduling your student shadow day and parent meeting.

The application portal allows you to access, send and upload the completed supplemental required documentation:

  • Math Teacher Recommendation Form
  • English Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Principal Recommendation Form
  • Academic Records/Transcripts


If you are unable to travel to TJ during the admissions process, we will schedule a phone call and/or Skype meeting in lieu of the Student Shadow Day and Parent Meeting.

Student Shadow Day

Prospective students will spend a morning at TJ shadowing a current student. Please drop your student off at 8:00am. They will begin their day meeting with a member of the administrative team, followed by an introduction to their buddy for the day. The day concludes at 1:10pm.

TJ's schedule consists of eight, 35 minute class periods. One of those eight periods is dedicated to lunch and two are break periods. Lunch is included for the visiting student. Please notify the admissions office of any food allergies. Visiting students should dress according to TJ's dress code: business casual. Jeans are permitted if they are uniform in color and free of tears. Jeans should be paired with dress shoes and a collared shirt or blouse. Please send your student to their shadow day with a notebook, pen or pencil, water bottle, and reading book.

Parent Meeting

The parent meeting is an opportunity for prospective parents to have a one-on-one meeting with the Admissions Director. This is a time for you to ask child- and family-specific questions in order to help determine if TJ is the right fit for your student. Parent meetings typically last 30-45 minutes and will be held in the Admissions Office. We encourage you to schedule your parent meeting on the same day as your student's shadow day, and coordinated with pick-up or drop-off (8:15am-9:00am) or (12:30pm-1:10pm). 

In order to best prepare for your parent meeting and student shadow day, we strongly encourage you to complete Parts 1-3 of the SSAT's Standard Application Online (SAO) in advance of your visit. 


Take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) and see that your scores are sent to us. Our school code is 7660. You do not have to take the test before you visit; we simply need to receive the scores by the application deadlines.

The test is given all over the U.S. on eight national test dates. Visit the SSAT website to find a testing site in your area

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a multiple-choice aptitude test for students in grades 5-11. The test consists of verbal, quantitative (math), and reading comprehension sections. The verbal questions test your vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically. The quantitative (math) questions test your ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra and geometry and concepts. The reading comprehension section tests your ability to understand what you read. All tests are printed in English. In addition, the test includes a writing sample portion, which asks you to respond to a topic statement. Your essay is not graded, but a copy accompanies your SSAT score report.

Recommendation Forms and Student Record (Transcripts)

TJ does not require these supplemental admissions forms to be submitted by the time of your visit. These forms are due by the application deadline.

  • Math Recommendation Form
  • English Recommendation Form
  • Principal Recommendation Form
  • Student Records (Transcript)

To access and/or upload these forms, log back in to your SSAT Student Application Online (SAO) Account.





Statement of Non-Discrimination 

There shall be no discrimination by the School in the selection of its governing Board, in the employment of personnel, in the admission of students, or in the administration of the School’s programming because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital, veteran, or handicapped status in violation of existing state or federal law or regulations.

Admissions Dates and Deadlines

Rolling admissions applications will continue to be considered after March 16, 2018 for all grades on a space-available basis.


Which deadline applies to me?

Early Admissions 

The early admissions track is for students and their parents that know early on that TJ is the right fit. We strongly recommend that legacy candidates (siblings, children of alumni, children of faculty and staff) follow the early admissions deadlines to secure their space in advance of the general applicant pool.

9th Grade Regular Admissions 

Determined by the Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) consortium, this deadline is required for St. Louis area 9th grade day school applicants. We strongly encourage 9th grade domestic and international boarding applicants to also adhere to this deadline.

7th, 8th and 10th-12th grades Regular Admissions

Determined by the Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) consortium, this deadline is required for St. Louis area 7th, 8th and 10th-12th grades day school applicants. We strongly encourage 7th, 8th and 10th-12th grades domestic and international boarding applicants to also adhere to this deadline.

Rolling Admissions

For students and families who may get a late start on the admissions process, TJ will consider applicants for all grades on a rolling, space-available basis after March 17, 2017. 

Admissions Office
Thomas Jefferson School
4100 South Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63127
314.843.4151 Phone
314.843.3527 Fax

Erin Walsh
Director of Admissions
Ext. 2340