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TJHSST Sophomore Admissions
Sophomore Admissions Overview

Residency and Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must reside with a parent or legal guardian in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William Counties, or the City of Falls Church.

  • Residency proof is needed if not enrolled in a public middle/high school in these areas. Documents include a lease, utility bill, and ID or bank statement.

  • Students outside Fairfax County should verify eligibility with the Admissions Office.

Admissions Process:

  • TJHSST admits a limited number of sophomores yearly, with recent admissions ranging from 15 to 20 students. Our internal data suggests that this data is going up, given that more students are dropping out of TJ following the changes to TJHSST Admissions in Fall 2020, which made admissions standards lower.

  • The application process involves submitting a 9th-grade transcript (including first-semester marks and credits for high school courses taken before 9th grade) and optional PSAT/SAT scores by April 24, 2024, 4:00 PM.

  • Applicants must have been enrolled in Biology and Geometry by the time of application.

  • Following transcript approval, complete the application by May 17, 2024, 4:00 PM.

Application Components:

  • Part I: General demographic information.

  • Part II: A Student Portrait Sheet, including questions, short answer prompts, and a personal essay, all completed via the TJ Admissions Online System.

  • Recommendations: Three teacher recommendations are required.

  • Documentation: Proof of residency, and optional PSAT/SAT scores.

Important Dates:

  • April 1, 2024: Application available upon transcript and optional test score approval.

  • April 24, 2024: Deadline for transcript and optional PSAT/SAT scores.

  • April 26, 2024: Notification of review results.

  • May 3, 2024: Deadline to enter teacher recommendation information.

  • May 17, 2024: Final application submission deadline.

  • June 28, 2024: Final admissions decisions posted.

This sophomore admissions process is often considered a "second chance" for many students who did not get admitted during the regular freshman admissions round. Alternatively, some students applying recently moved to the area or have a newfound interest in TJ. 


Regardless of your circumstance, we have you covered! We've worked with dozens of students on sophomore TJHSST admissions specifically, and are intimately familiar with the dynamics.

Sophomore Admissions Package


Student Portrait Sheet (SPS) and Personal Essay Editing

  • Comprehensive Preparation Resources: Gain access to a wide array of online materials, including a self-paced TJ prep course specifically designed to address TJHSST admissions queries.

  • Personalized Essay Support: Benefit from two dedicated essay planning and editing sessions (30 minutes each), exclusively available to new TJ Prep students, to refine your essay writing skills.

  • Unlimited SPS and Personal Essay Editing: Receive expert guidance in crafting your SPS application responses. Our team works with you to develop well-prepared answers, ensuring you can confidently submit your application. Our commitment is to refine each response meticulously, aiming for excellence.

Teacher Recommendations

  • Strategic Advice: Receive insightful strategies on how to secure outstanding teacher recommendations.

  • Editing Support: We offer editing services for "teacher packets," assisting in the compilation of documents and information to guarantee you receive the strongest letters of recommendation possible.

Digital SAT Resources

  • Practice Made Easy: Access links to Digital SAT practice exams, curated to enhance your preparation.

  • Quality Referrals: Get referrals to high-quality, local or online, and affordable SAT preparation options, ensuring you're well-prepared for the exam.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

​Q: How does submitting essays for feedback work?

A: Students submit their essays asynchronously for feedback via a Google Form and/or email. They receive detailed line-by-line comments, and/or direct re-writes of all responses. Students will then make revisions, if necessary, and resubmit. These will continue to be edited until the student is ready to submit. We aim to return submissions within 1 week, although most often within 2-3 days.

Q: What if my student has a question? Whom can they talk to?

A: We treat our students like mentees. They are welcome to send us emails or contact us via WhatsApp and we typically get back to them within a few hours, if not the next day. They can also access our Q&A Forum where 700+ frequently asked questions have already been asked and answered. We also begin the process with a 30-minute introductory meeting to understand the student's background, brainstorm responses, and outline a plan.

Q: Is this appropriate for a middle school student? 
A: Not quite. For a student in middle school, our self-paced course or small group coaching options are more appropriate. This option should only be pursued once the student is in 9th grade and applying for the sophomore admissions process.

Q: Is there a sibling discount?

A: Yes! We have a $100 discount per family, for any families with two siblings who are enrolled in any of our courses in the same year. This will be applied as a credit back to your original payment method. After signing up, p
lease email us to receive this discount.

Q: Is this option free for previous TJ Prep students?
A: Yes, provided they were officially registered for the self-paced course or small group coaching. However, for our previous students, we do not host the two meetings, as they are already familiar with the style of admissions preparation and have topics from prior responses. Previous students can still send their SPS responses and personal essays for editing. 

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