Upon the completion of Phase I of TJ’s transformative renovation last November, students moved into spacious new Research Lab and Chemistry/Geosystem wings and visited their counselors in a new Administrative wing. Phase II is expected to be completed by April, opening up most of the new building’s interior, including: the new Design & Tech/Physics wing; IBET, humanities, and world language classrooms; the lecture hall; the Global Learning Center (library); two attractive courtyards, one with a greenhouse, the other with an amphitheater (below); Internet cafes; and additional common areas.
Some new spaces will open even sooner. By the end of September, students will have access to a completely renovated Gym I (bottom), with new locker rooms and weight rooms. By Thanksgiving, they’ll enter the school through a majestic Jeffersonian dome that opens into a two-story atrium lobby, with direct access to the Research Lab wing.
All of us at the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund (PF), TJ’s non-profit foundation, have enjoyed sharing TJ’s new Research Lab Wing with the School’s many loyal supporters, from parents whose children graduated long ago to alumni who are returning to campus as TJ parents. If you weren’t able to join us for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony that formally opened the new wing, an Alumni Day tour, or the January Open House — or even if you were — we hope you can make our upcoming Fall Open House (date TBA).
We’re thrilled to announce that the Campaign for TJ has now raised over half of the $8 million TJ needs to continue as the nation’s leading STEM high school, progress that would not have been possible without the tremendous support of parents, corporations and foundations, and our newest and most enthusiastic supporters, TJ’s devoted alumni.
With reunion classes leading the way, class giving has skyrocketed to a total of $400,000. For the first time ever, the alumni giving total for this past school year nearly equaled the total raised from parents. In another first, an anonymous alum made an outright gift of $100,000 to the Campaign, the largest gift by an alum to date. We’re confident that such a significant gift will inspire other successful alums to consider investing in the future of education with a donation to the Campaign for TJ.
With grants to TJ now totaling over $2 million, the Campaign continues to be the engine behind the modernization of TJ’s research curriculum and capability. The latest $500,000 grant, given in May, was used to purchase advanced instrumentation for Biology, Physics, and Geosystems classes and several Research Labs, including a $100,000 confocal microscope and the instrumentation necessary to convert an existing scope into a fluorescence microscope, both to be shared by the Biotechnology and Neuroscience Research Labs. A separate $60,000 grant enabled the purchase of iPad and Kindle carts for humanities and other classrooms.