Computer Science

Curriculum Night 2024 Introductory Video

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a regional Governor's school in Northern Virginia, offers seven years of computer science. Our goal is to provide a world class computer science education to our students and to disseminate curriculum materials to other academic institutions.

  • CS Information for Rising 9th Graders
  • Computer Science (CS) Readiness Assessment Information - The readiness assessment is for students who want to take Data Structures as their first Computer Science course at TJ. Students who have already scored a 5 on the AP Computer Science A exam (this is rare) may enroll in Data Structures without also taking the TJ readiness assessment. 
    • *A second administration of the 2024 CS Readiness Assessment only for those who have not yet attempted it will be given on June 13th at TJ at 9:00am. The test will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. Please meet in the Dome of TJ at 8:45am.
    • The assessment is a written test made up of multiple choice and free response questions. It is entirely in Java. The topics covered include: Object Oriented Programming, inheritance, loops, Strings, arrays, ArrayLists, recursion, sorting algorithms(selection and insertion sort), conversion between number systems(binary, hexadecimal, decimal), and Boolean algebra.
    • Those interested in taking the assessment should complete the CS Readiness Test Verification Form by June 11th. 
    • As part of your request, you will need to submit the following Sample Program for the CS Readiness Assessment. Please make sure to carefully follow all instructions. The program is due by June 18th.
    • On the day of the assessment, please bring the completed CS Readiness Assessment Parental Verification.
    • If you pass the Readiness Assessment, you should complete the Java exercises in CodingBat and be prepared to show your Data Structures teacher the work on the first day of class.  
    • Any questions, please email Math/CS assistant division leader, JeanMarie Stewart, at @email
  • Flow Chart for Computer Science Courses


Below are Computer Science courses offered at TJHSST.

  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Data Structures Including AP Computer Science A
  • Artificial Intelligence 1
  • Artificial Intelligence 2
  • Computer Vision 1
  • Computer Vision 2
  • Machine Learning 1
  • Machine Learning 2
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Web Application Development

The division leader for Math and Computer Science is Karilee Schmitt 

The assistant division leader for Math and Computer Science is JeanMarie Stewart 

The division administrator for Math and Computer Science is Chrystal Benson 

Computer Science Faculty