Honor Code

Honesty is a value that holds each person to the truth, to tell the truth, and to defend the truth. Honesty results in fairness for each member of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology community. Integrity is firm adherence to our values with and without the presence of others. Respect is treating others as we would like to be treated. In an environment of respect, work we submit as our own is our own. Responsibility is the quality of being accountable for our actions and accepting the consequences of our actions.


The Honor Code is a physical representation of the values that Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology should encompass. At any educational institution, a code of conduct must be established so that people, teachers and students alike, know the proper way to behave. Integrity and the honest reputation that students acquire through their actions is the most valuable gift they can carry with them after graduation, and it is the most valuable gift any educational institution can give. Formulas and facts can carry students only so far in life. True success lies in one's desire to be good for the sake of being good, doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. The Honor Code is not meant as an imposition, but rather as a standard to which all students and faculty should be held. At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, we encourage higher academic achievement; this code asks that we hold each other, with the same rigor and passion in academics, to a higher standard of integrity and of personal commitment.

Thomas Jefferson Principles Regarding Academic Integrity

Enrollment at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology requires adherence to a certain set of standards. Our standards include the expectation that no student will engage in the following unacceptable behaviors, as defined by the course teacher:

*If a student is unclear as to whether or not his or her actions are in violation of the Honor Code, then it is that student’s responsibility to clarify any ambiguities with the appropriate instructor.

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Student Consequences for Violating the Honor Code

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Extracurricular Participation

Mentorship Participation

Just as scientific research requires honesty and integrity, so does the Mentorship Program demand the highest level of ethical integrity. To ensure this, all prospective mentorship applicants are screened for any TJ honor code violations. Honor code violations may disqualify a candidate from consideration for the mentorship program:

Honor Code: I will uphold academic and personal integrity in the TJ community.