Our Institution

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1.- Did you know that ITJ is ranked as one of the 10 best schools in the world?
Dr. Gordon Dryden, world renowned author and researcher on learning methods named our school as one of the 10 best schools in the world in his book, “The Learning Revolution”. ITJ is placed in front of schools in Germany, New Zealand, and Finland for its program, “Happiness and Success” featured in our Educational Plan and Philosophy.

2.- Did you know that ITJ is distinguished among the 100 best companies in Mexico?
For our 6th consecutive year, CNN Expansion, has recognized the Thomas Jefferson Institute as “a place everyone wants to work”. This award is the result of a survey developed by Top Companies’ human resources specialists.

The investigation takes into account a variety of values and variables including work conditions, culture, climate, motivation, performance, communication, and social responsibility among others.
It’s important to highlight that of all the companies who have been awarded this certification (Ford, Nestlé, Unilever…), the Thomas Jefferson organization is the only K-12 school.

3.- Did you know that the TJ-Radio is one of the most listened to online radio stations in Mexico?
According to PODERATO, a world-class Podcast service in Spanish, TJ-RADIO has been ranked as the 2nd most listened to online radio station in Mexico.
After beginning this adventure of having our school radio we have already produced 1600 hours of reflections and experiences from our little ones in Kinder to our High School students, as well as experts in topics such as education, family, and the environment.

4.- Did you know that ITJ is an active collaborator with MICROSOFT?
For the past 7 years the Instituto Thomas Jefferson has been part of Microsoft’s advisory council: "School of the Future.” This coordinated effort aims to design innovative and vanguard educational plans by using technology and class dynamics focused on creativity, analysis and practice.

5.- Did you know that our students are ambassadors of our Mexico in Hawaii?
The Instituto Thomas Jefferson offers an international experience to our students through collaboration and alliances with educational programs at prestigious schools, universities, and companies around the world.

The Island Pacific Academy (IPA) is an example of the type of international project collaborations available to our students. Middle School students travel to Hawaii as part of an exchange program to learn about the culture, tradition, and language. Our students have been received by U.S. Senator Mike Gabbard who considers our students worthy representatives of our country. ITJ also welcomes students from IPA each year allowing them to be enriched by our Mexican culture, traditions, and language so that together we create the bonds of life- long friendship.

6.- Did you know that ITJ has been selected to be the first sustainable school on a world level?
The USGBC (United States Green Building Council), one of the world’s leading organizations in sustainability projects, has selected the Thomas Jefferson organization to be the first sustainable school in the world.

After visiting more than 40 schools all over the world, they chose ITJ for its educational model, vision, innovation, and most of all, according to Rachel Gutter, USGBC director of the “Center for Green Schools” for the “happiness felt in each and every classroom and hallway”.

7.- Did you know that ITJ is undergoing a green transformation?
Currently the ITJ system is undergoing a green transformation for growth and development of our students. We are aligning ourselves with the objectives of the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), program which audits and recognizes healthy and sustainable spaces as well as the best responsible strategies in each organization system. This program covers the facilities, the academic plan and organizational culture. This school year we are again implementing the Whole School Sustainability academic program, aimed at providing knowledge, developing awareness and positively impacting the environment.

8.- Did you know that ITJ has certified the first world Climate Leaders under 18?
The Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2007, is on a mission to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

As a host of The Climate Reality Project we have participated in a variety of projects with organizations, NGO’s, and universities to distribute sustainable strategies. At the same time we have successfully certified 21 students as Climate Leaders; the first in the world to be awarded this title.

9.- Did you know that ITJ is an active collaborator of UNESCO?
Instituto Thomas Jefferson is known for its innovative educational model as well as more than 120 collaborative K-12 projects with universities (Harvard, MIT, etc.) and top level companies (Google, Microsoft, etc.).  In this way, Miss Jeanene Bluhm, ITJ founder, has been working with UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for the last five years with the intention of designing an inclusive and innovative study plan for emergent nations.

10.- Did you know that ITJ makes learning fun?
PBL (Project Based Learning) provides students with empowering opportunities to make a difference, by solving real problems and addressing real issues. In PBL, students are active, not passive learners; they work on projects that engage their hearts and minds, and provide real-world relevance for learning. Memorization and repetition drills are a thing of the past.

Alianzas

Since its foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Education Model has been a leader in the international academic sphere due to its humanism, innovation, and educational values; which is why we have been invited to actively collaborate with prestigious universities, businesses, foundations and world leaders. Our collaborations are a key aspect in the design of the ITJ experiences geared towards developing our students’ leadership skills with a global vision. 

Currently we are collaborating with UNESCO in the creation, revision and implementation of a curriculum for emerging countries. We are also the first school in the world to implement a "green" curriculum through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and EcoRise. Our students are the youngest certified climate leaders in The Climate Reality Project with Al Gore. 

WORLD CHANGERS:

1. Diana Dehm (Trash on your Back) Huntington Beach, California

2. Dr. Atanu Dey, India

3. Dr. Gordon Dryden, New Zealand

4. Ryan Hreljac (Ryan´s Well Foundation) Ontario, Canada

5. Stephen Ritz (Green Bronx Machine) New York, New York

7. Colonel Brian Duffy, NASA astronaut

8. Dr. George Smoot, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics

INNOVATION SHAPERS

1. Buck Institute of Education, San Jose, California

2. COST (Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching)

3. EcoRise, Austin, Texas

4. John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

5. The University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

CHALLENGE ENGINEERS

1. ISP International Schools Partnership

2. Delos Building Wellness, New York, New York

3. Partners - Google for Education

4. SONY

5. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Houston, Texas

6. The Climate Reality Project, Washington, D.C.

7. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

8. USGBC (United States Green Building Council) Washington, D.C.9. WOBI (World of Business Ideas) México, D.F.

9. DELOS, New York, New York

10. ASOMEX (Association of American Schools in Mexico) / Campus Guadalajara

11. NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges)  / Campus Guadalajara

We are proud to share that this school year we will start an adventure with our most important alliance so far: International Schools Partnership (ISP). This collaboration will open up global opportunities defining the future of our school and students. 

ISP is an international organism of schools with its headquarters in England, whose vision is to inspire and promote in students the global skills that are required in the present; such as multicultural, creative, sustainable, and humanistic leadership skills. Through ISP we are capable of offering our students experiences through exchanges within the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Middle East. Likewise, we will be able to offer in our classrooms an education with foreign teachers whose vision and formation enrich the experience of our students.

This ITJ-ISP alliance brings forth challenges and exciting promises that involve the whole Thomas Jefferson family and is without a doubt one of the best pieces of news for our community. We embrace this new step with the conviction of planting in the hearts of our students the seeds for a brighter tomorrow.

Green School

Since its foundation, ITJ has provided enriching and innovating programs for our students. ITJ has made important connections and collaborated with world class universities, foundations,and companies such as Google, Microsoft, The Climate Reality Project (founded by the 45th Vice-President, Al Gore), and The Center for Green Schools, established by United States Green Building Council (USGBC).


The USGBC is an organization that promotes a Green vision through a variety of initiatives including its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program and Center for Green Schools which looks to reduce its environmental impact in schools thus strengthening the health and well-being of students as well as creating environmentally conscious students. 

Commitment to Quality

WHOLE SCHOOL SUSTAINABILITY

ITJ is the first school in the world to pilot a complete K-12 curriculum developed by Ecorise Youth Innovations and RIS (Representaciones Inteligencia Sustentable), based on the topics of energy, water, air, food, waste, transportation, and public spaces.

This sustainable intelligence curriculum cultivates environmental knowledge in students and invites them to become reflective care takers of their environment and community leaders. The lesson plans allow students to participate in real world solutions through Project Based Learning designed for school lab practices and eco-audits.

This sustainable intelligence curriculum is a very important axis in our educational model as it weaves the thematic experiences of academic, humanistic, leadership and digital training related to sustainability, integrating the Whole School Sustainability model (WSS).

WSS requires an effort of great magnitude. It means transforming our school’s curriculum, culture, and spaces. Collaborative efforts with suppliers, partners, students, and parents are essential.

The actions are bold and simple and we will share our advances as we work towards our goal.

At ITJ, the emotional well-being, values, and skills our students develop are just as important to us and their academic success. We deal with the emotional aspect of learning, to build and develop the skills required of responsible, humanistic, and happy leaders. In our school’s history, we have seen amazing results in our students, which lets us know that we contribute to a better Mexico and a better world.

Instituto Thomas Jefferson, the place everyone wants to work!

For our 6th consecutive year, CNN Expansion, has recognized the Thomas Jefferson Institute as “a place everyone wants to work”. We take pride in this award because we can see the fruits of our labor and the dreams coming true of everyone in our school. Everyone, and we mean everyone, has one mission: to offer our students the opportunity to be free, humble, entrepreneurial (enterprising), successful, happy…

This recognition is awarded by CNN Expansion magazine, which has been given the job for the last eight years to be the barometer of what is happening in Mexican companies. This award is the result of a survey developed by Top Companies’ human resources specialists designed to present a clear and transparent reality of how companies work in Mexico.

The investigation takes into account a variety of values and variables including work conditions, culture, climate, motivation, performance, communication, and social responsibility among others.

It’s important to highlight that of all the companies who have been awarded this certification (Ford, Nestlé, Unilever…), the Thomas Jefferson organization is the only K-12 school to be awarded this honor for the 6th consecutive year.

The methodology used by the Top Companies’ human resource specialists is comprised of two tools: a 100 question survey designed to depict the perception of the company by employees; and the revision and evaluation of the company’s politics, practices, and procedures. The personnel survey counts for 80% of the assessment while the documentation completes the other 20%. The entire process is audited by Price Waterhouse Coopers, to ensure total transparency and guarantee confidentiality. 

This distinction makes us proud, but above all obliges us to continue promoting well rounded environments and experiences among our employees, families, and students for a better country.

Congratulations Thomas Jefferson Family!

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