How to get into Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)

How to get into Thomas Jefferson High School (ranked #1 in VA)?

Well, how did Serena Williams become the #1 ranked female tennis player?

Serena Williams didn’t just decide one day to play tennis with the pros.  No, she practiced, and practiced from when she was 4 years old.  She took lessons, attended a tennis academy for several years, and played for many hours every day.

Serena Williams wins the 2013 US Open

Serena Williams wins the 2013 US Open

By the time Serena was ready to participate in the pros, she didn’t just show up at the tournament – she had 10 years of experience playing tennis, and she was ready to compete with the best of them.

So you see, when you want to be among the best, you have to start early to be ready.

Virginia’s best high school:
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)

In Fairfax County, we are lucky to have one of the best high schools in the entire US (currently ranked #2 nationally by US News): Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (a.k.a. TJHSST, or “TJ”).  But getting in is not easy and students must start preparing early to be ready.

TJ is a school which caters to highly achieving students specifically focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and although it is located in Fairfax County, it is technically not part of the Fairfax County Public Schools district.  Instead, TJ is a Virginia state-chartered magnet school, which serves students from across several school districts in Northern Virginia.

So, when studying at TJ, students are being challenged by the best of the best in the entire region.

Getting into TJ is like getting into a pro tournament

Just like in a pro tournament, one doesn’t walk into TJ just expecting to get in.  It takes a good dose of preparation to have the best chance.

What’s required to get into TJ?

The first step is to live within the area serviced by TJ, such as the following 6 participating school districts: Continue Reading…

VRE: Top 6 School Boundaries for Commuting to DC

Last Summer, Mike and Susan were planning a move to the DC area.  One of their first considerations was, of course, good schools for their two daughters.

VRE Virginia Railway Express Commuter Train

VRE Virginia Railway Express Commuter Train

But a second consideration (and almost as important) was Mike’s commute to DC.   Mike has pretty long hours at his job and they really didn’t want him spending even more time away from the family.

Since Mike gets a subsidy for taking public transportation into work, being near a rail station was an interesting proposition.

First, they chose to research the school boundaries near the VRE (Virginia Railway Express)

What is the Virginia Railway Express (VRE)? Continue Reading…

Is the Real Estate Market in Fairfax County crashing?

I recently received a question from a client trying to decide whether to move soon.  The question was about why there were currently so many homes for sale in Fairfax County (especially compared to previous years).

Single Family Detached Home on the Real Estate Market in Fairfax County

Is it a good time to buy a home in Fairfax County, VA?

And it is definitely a good question, especially if what we’re trying to figure out if the real estate market in Fairfax County is heading for a crash.

So, the question that we could answer is:

Is the Real Estate Market in Fairfax County crashing?

Firstly, we could see how many homes are active on the market (i.e. not under contract).

How many homes are available for sale? Continue Reading…

Three Tips to Avoid Homework Drama

Dad: Jimmy, please do your homework

Jimmy: Hmmmm

Mom: Time for homework, dinner is almost ready!

Jimmy: Hhhmmm

Dad: Jimmy, turn off that game and come do your homework NOW!

Oh. Oh. And this is only the second week of school.  Only 39 more weeks of pushing and prodding to get homework going (just like last year…).

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Let’s start this school year on the right foot

 My friend (and award-winning author), Ann Dolin, wrote a book a couple of years ago: “Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework.

In a recent interview*, she mentioned a few strategies to make homework time happen without the daily tears.

The three tips Ann shared to avoid homework time drama are: Continue Reading…

Which Centreville Home Would You Choose?

Hey there,

It’s Friday, live a little!

Come have a bit of fun with this first Pop Quiz of the new school year.

Share this poll with your friends and family and may the best Centreville home win!

Log in to learn more about Centreville

When you log in to the Centreville HS boundary, you will find:

  • Photos and videos
  • Highlights of the area covered by the boundary
  • Statistics about housing
  • School rankings for schools in the boundary

See you on the other side!

* Click here to access the Centreville HS boundary

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The No-Tears Guide to Moving to Fairfax, VA
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Plus, you get the Fairfax County Real Estate Affordability Map, AND access to detailed information about each Fairfax County School boundary.

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