TJ Essay Writing

This class and the associated individual consultations prepare students to write the Student Portrait Sheet (SPS) and problem-solving essay for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ). Enjoy being confident and prepared!

This course is not currently being offered.

In this class, we strive to (1) strengthen the students’ writing, and (2) brainstorm until students have enough personal anecdotes to support the proposition that they will be superb TJ students. This second objective increases student confidence and purpose no matter where they end up attending high school. The course is taught by Dr. Nancy Levonian, with editing support from professional editors.

Students identify their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) strengths, identify their character strengths, and solidify a vision of their future success. During the third session, students will practice outlining essays under test conditions. Following practice sessions writing the TJ SPS and problem-solving essay, students will receive writing instruction and editing suggestions.

For more information about the TJ Freshman admissions process, click here for the information page on the FCPS website (this link takes you away from the Lives Under Construction website).