Thomas Jefferson High School (Auburn, Washington)

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Thomas Jefferson High School
4248 S 288th Street


United States
TypeHigh school
School districtFederal Way School District
PrincipalAdrienne Chacon
Enrollment1,766 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Red and gold

Thomas Jefferson High School is located in Auburn, Washington. It is the largest enrolled high school in the Federal Way School District and one of the largest in the State of Washington.[2] The school is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, an organization whose guiding principles are intended to bolster student achievement. The mascot of Thomas Jefferson is the Raiders.[3]


International Baccalaureate (IB)[edit]

Since 1997 the school has offered the International Baccalaureate Program. The program can be a full-diploma choice or an option for earning certificates in specific subjects. The assessments are sent to external assessors, assuring that student work conforms to program standards.[4] Thomas Jefferson High School also offers an honor program called MYP (Middle Years Program) which is a program that prepares students for the International Baccalaureate program.


The Construction Apprenticeship Preparation Program (CAPP) is an integrated 4-year program for students interested in careers and apprenticeships in the construction industry. Construction, Language Arts and Math instructors team to take students through the four-year curriculum. College credit is available to enrolled students.[5]

Emergency Preparedness Club[edit]

Each November the Emergency Response Club sponsors a Mass Casualty Incident Drill that simulates a shallow 7.2 magnitude earthquake and simulates trapping over 35 students and staff members in 12 separate buildings.[6]

Math Team[edit]

Thomas Jefferson "Mathletes" have been active participants in state Mu Alpha Theta math competitions and have achieved noteworthy successes.[7] They have placed in the Top 10 in national Mu Alpha Theta conventions for the last 14 years and many students have won individual championships. The team placed 7th in the nation at the 2018 nationals in Colorado Springs[citation needed] Thomas Jefferson has hosted the Washington state Mu Alpha Theta contest since 2005.[8] In 2011 TJHS was recognized for its "contributions to a history of outstanding mathematics service to its community" with the Mu Alpha Theta Rubin Award.[9]

Puget Sound Skills Center[edit]

Students are able to receive vocational training at the Puget Sound Skills Center, formerly known as Sea-Tac Occupational Skills Center.[10]


TJ’s Raiderlinks was an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for their preferred career path and is aligned with the Washington Assessment for Student Learning (WASL) and Federal Way Public Schools’ literacy goals.[11] The program offered a curriculum that integrated technology into English, social studies, and science classes. Raiderlinks was a 1997 Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Excellence winner.[12]

Running Start[edit]

Students wishing to participate in the Running Start program have dual enrollment at either Highline Community College or Green River Community College. Students may attend classes at either college or both, and can attend classes either full-time or part-time. Students must provide their own transportation, unless they are disabled and their Individual Education Plan requires the school district to provide it.[13]

Speech and Debate[edit]

The Thomas Jefferson Speech and Debate Team placed second in state in the Washington State IE tournament in 2018. The World Schools Debate Team took home tied for 36th place honors at the national tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida


TJ, a member of the Olympic Division of the North Puget Sound League since 2016,[14] won the WIAA Washington State Boys High School Soccer Championship 8 times (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1994, 2005 and 2013). Overall, Thomas Jefferson athletic teams finished 4th for the 2008–2009 season and 3rd in 2009–2010 for the South Puget Sound League all sports trophy.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Thomas Jefferson High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  2. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  3. ^ "CES Common Principles"., retrieved 2012-04-08
  4. ^ "Thomas Jefferson High School International Baccalaureate Program".
  5. ^ Federal Way Schools Career and Technical Education
  6. ^ Federal Way Mirror, Drill brings confidence in face of 'disaster' , June 13 2008, retrieved 2012-04-09
  7. ^ Washington State Math Contest results, retrieved 2012-04-08
  8. ^ Washington State Math Contest, retrieved 2012-04-08
  9. ^ Mu Alpha Theta Rubin Awards, retrieved 2012-04-08
  10. ^ "PSSC History".
  11. ^ [1] Archived March 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Raiderlinks home page".
  13. ^ "Running Start FAQ (PDF)" (PDF).
  14. ^ Chris Chancellor (2016-02-10). "Divisions set for North Puget Sound League". Auburn Reporter. Retrieved 2017-05-07.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°20′41″N 122°16′46″W / 47.3446°N 122.2795°W / 47.3446; -122.2795