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Mission Statement

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, in partnership with our families and community, educates and challenges every student to succeed and become a responsible and contributing member of the global community.

Primary Years Programme Authorized

In March of 2012 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School became authorized to implement the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IB).


Welcome to the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
Wednesdays at TJ - Is it early release today? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:00
During weeks when there is no school or early release on Monday or Friday, Wednesday will be a full day of school.  The first FULL DAY of SCHOOL on WEDNESDAY this year is October 12th, because there is no school on Columbus Day.
The full schedule for early release days is available from the Calendar Menu > 2016-2017 FCCPS List option .  It is also available {here}.  You can also check the Calendar Menu > TJ Calendar to see the current week.  Wednesdays show "ER" for Early Release or "Full Day" for a full day of school.

The following dates will be full day Wednesdays: October 12, November 9, December 21, January 1 and 18, February 8 and 22, April 19, May 31.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 09:27
Welcome to our 2016-2017 School Year! Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2016 00:00


Summer has zipped by and we are excited to finish our final preparations before opening the doors for the 2016-2017 school year. We welcome our new principal, Mr. Swanson, our new teachers and staff, and look forward to seeing our new and returning students on Tuesday, September 6th.  The doors will open at 8:35am and school starts at 8:50am.

Back To School informational fliers will be available for pick-up in the classrooms on "Meet the Teacher" day on Friday, September 2, from 9:00-10:00am.  Doors will open at 8:55.  Please exit promptly so we can continue our preparations for Tuesdays' first day of classes.   We will have over 800 students at TJ this year, and if you are able to walk, bicycle, or car pool for the event, it should reduce the parking crunch.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 September 2016 14:16
Registration Information Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2016 00:00

For the smoothest registration please note the following:

  • We do not accept walk-in registrations (see step 1 below).
  • Steps one and two MUST be completed in order to register your student(s), if they are not, a new appointment will need to be scheduled.
  • Please verify that your address falls in the City limits at the Falls Church City Real Estate Assessments Mapping site; there is Falls Church, City Proper and Falls Church, Fairfax County.
  • Please copy the required documents BEFORE you come for your appointment.
  • Supply lists are available under the Registration Menu.
  • Summer appointments during July and August only.

Step One:

Registrations are completed by appointment only (703-248-5661). If you are enrolling during the school year, the student will be able to start school the day AFTER the appointment in which all documents are received. To enroll a student, a parent or legal guardian with whom the student resides must appear in person and provide:

1. A photo ID (may be requested)

2. Proof of Residency

Original documentation of the street address or route number of the child's residence must be provided. At least two original documents are required and additional documents may be requested. Acceptable documents are:

  • If the residence is rented, a current, complete, fully-executed lease agreement* Residents with a month-to-month lease agreement are required to submit all future lease extensions
  • If the residence is owned, a Deed*, or Deed of Trust* with a current utility bill* (only gas, water or electric utility bills will be accepted) which shows the parent/legal guardian name and street address

*Please provide a photocopy of these documents to be kept in your student's file.

  • If the student is living with his/her parent/legal guardian in the home of another Falls Church City resident, the homeowner/lease holder must submit a notarized affidavit with original proof of residency documentation as listed above.

In addition to the primary documents identified above, FCCPS staff may also request parents to provide additional documents if the evidence of the child's residence is inconclusive. Additional documents may include current: voter registration cards, bill payment coupons, telephone or cable service bills, state income tax forms, business licenses, personal property tax returns, state issued professional licenses, forms filed for government benefits, drivers' licenses.

Parents will be required to confirm residency in the fall of each school year by completing the FCCPS residency verification form.

If a child has no regular, fixed residence but resides within the school division in a temporary shelter, institution, or place not ordinarily used as a residence, FCCPS may accept an alternative form of address that is considered appropriate by school officials.

3. Birth Certificate

  • An official certified copy* of the child's birth record must be presented.
    *In addition, please provide a photocopy to be kept in your student's file.

4. Health Documentation

    • Negative PPD or negative chest x-ray within 90 days prior to registration for all students who have resided in a foreign country  on the High TB Burden Country List of 2016  for five or more consecutive months over the last five years.
    • Any positive PPD requires a negative chest x-ray

6. Documentation of previous educational program

  • School records and/or original transcripts are required of secondary students. It is also recommended to provide records for elementary school enrollment. Recent period of non-school attendance must be accounted for. If a translated document is submitted, the original document in the original language must also be supplied.


Step Two: (must be completed before appointment time):
Click on this link to access INFOSNAP. This will take you to our online registration site to fill out all introductory information.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 August 2016 08:42
TJ Science Olympians Score 23 Medals Print E-mail
Written by FCCPS Communications   
Sunday, 08 May 2016 06:21



Thomas Jefferson Elementary was well represented at the recent regional Division A Science Olympiad! We had 23 of our third, fourth and fifth grade students attend the tournament held at Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly, VA, on Saturday, April 30, 2016. There were 16 schools participating. This is the fourth year that Thomas Jefferson has participated. Our students did outstandingly well, earning a total of 23 medals in 12 events. 
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 May 2016 06:26
Paul Swanson, Next Thomas Jefferson Principal Print E-mail
Written by FCCPS Communications   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 06:15

Paul Swanson, an elementary principal in Indiana, has accepted the position as new principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

Swanson has 23 years of educational experience, the last 7 as principal of West Elementary School in Mount Vernon, Indiana.

A community "Meet and Greet" will be hosted by the TJ Principal Search Committee once his schedule for transitioning to Falls Church has been determined.

Welcome Mr. Swanson!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:44
2016-2017 School Supplies Information Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 May 2016 09:02

Our PTA has worked with EduKit again this year to provide one stop back-to-school shopping for your student's school supplies for next year.

The following lists were created by each grade level team and supplied to EduKit to create the supply kits.  Use these lists to shop for your school supplies or select here to order online at EduKit. 

We are sharing the list supplied to EduKit so that you can see which brands will be included in the kits, if you choose to purchase the same items.  You ARE NOT required to purchase these kits, nor purchase the exact brands; they are guidelines for your shopping trips.  You should plan on supplying all items on the list.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 07:17


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About TJ

School Hours

8:50 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
8:50 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
                Wed Only

Automated Phone

(703) 248-5661

Main Office  (1):

Attendance: (2)
(703) 992-0444

Health Room (3):
(703) 248-5664

Day Care (4):
(703) 248-5670

Directory (7)


(703) 248-5666


Paul Swanson

Assistant Principal:
Dr. Michele Harcarik

Administrative Intern:
Rob Carey

Principal's Secretary
& Registrar:
Debra Newman

School Secretary:
Nancy Peacock


601 South Oak Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
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