Thomas Jefferson High School

Occupancy Phase

Thomas Jefferson Highschool Building Front

Project Overview

Now the oldest high school in Federal Way Public Schools, the open design of the campus is challenging to secure. Additionally, the current elementary enrollment is greatest in the north end, and TJHS will need to be right-sized to meet this growing community as students move through the K-12 system.

  • Projected capacity: 1600
  • Architect: Bassetti Architects
  • General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM): Cornerstone General Contractors
  • Design: Fall 2018–Winter 2020
  • Construction:  Winter 2020–Winter 2021/22
  • Opened: Fall 2021


Project Timeline


Grand Opening

ribbon cutting celebration header

Thank you to voters for approving the school construction bond in 2017 and making the Thomas Jefferson High School replacement project possible. Scholars have been enjoying their brand-new building since the fall of 2021 and we are excited to offer two exciting opportunities to celebrate the many possibilities it will bring scholars and the surrounding community:

Ribbon Cutting Celebration

We are kicking off the celebration with an in-person ribbon-cutting celebration event on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Event highlights will include:

  • An official ribbon-cutting celebration program
  • Tours of the facility
  • Presentations and performances
  • Community networking
  • Catered social hour

Register for ribbon cutting


Community Tours

For community members who missed the ribbon-cutting, additional community tours will be available the following week, on May 17 and 19, 2022. See how the improved school design and innovative building features will serve Federal Way Public Schools scholars for many generations to come!

Tours will showcase:

  • 400 seat state-of-the-art Theater
  • Central, multifunctional Commons area with an associated courtyard
  • A large, modern Gymnasium with seating for over 1,600 people
  • Notable architectural features
  • School-based health center, and more!

Register for a community tour


First Day in the New Thomas Jefferson High School!


See the construction!


Students Get a First Look at the new Thomas Jefferson High School

Take a look inside the new Thomas Jefferson High School


Ongoing Community Engagement

community engagement TJHS

We held several community meetings about this project throughout the planning and design phases and heard from neighbors, staff, students and families. Thank you to all who shared your voice throughout the process. You provided a valuable perspective during the design process of the new Thomas Jefferson High School.