Thomas Jefferson School freezing tuition costs

The Thomas Jefferson School announced that it would freeze tuition costs for the 2022-2023 school year in response to rising cost of living and inflation. 

Thomas Jefferson School is a co-educational, non-sectarian independent day and boarding school at 4100 Lindbergh Blvd., that was founded in 1946 and serves grades seventh through 12th. This is the first time in several decades that the school’s board has made the decision to freeze tuition costs. 

“We recognize this year has brought challenges that extend beyond the health and safety concerns due to COVID to our community,” Thomas Jefferson’s Head of School Matt Troutman stated in a Jan. 18 press release. “TJ is not immune from increased costs due to inflation, but we also recognize that we are partners with our families in educating their children.” 

In prior years, tuition and fees were separately charged to families and increased each year in relation to inflation. This year, the school will not charge families separate fees, instead publishing a total cost per program for their day students and boarding students, keeping the cost flat. 

Nearly 40 percent of students receive some level of financial aid and according to, it is one of Missouri’s most diverse private high schools and boarding schools, with 81 students from six different countries.