Who is eligible to enroll? Anyone who resides in NC and will be 5 years of age by Aug. 31 of the year of enrollment.
Is there a tuition fee to attend? No. TJCA is a tuition-free public charter school.
How old does my child need to be in order to enroll in Kindergarten? 5 years of age by Aug. 31 on the year of enrollment.
Can I apply to attend for grades 10-12? Applicants for grades 10-12 must provide evidence of having completed college preparatory courses in their prior high schools, and must meet with the Guidance Counselor to assure that an appropriate course of study can be followed to meet the TJCA graduation requirements, which include two years of Latin, one year of Logic, and one year of Rhetoric.
How many available spots do you have for next year? This will vary by grade, depending on the number of returning students in each grade. Lotteries are conducted by each grade level.
How do I begin the enrollment process? To begin the process simply go to the front page of our website and click the "Enroll" button. The application process is entirely online.
What is the enrollment lottery and how does it work? We begin accepting applications in the first week of January. The deadline is March 15 and the actual lottery is held during the last week of March. It is done via a randomized drawing through lottery software from a company called Lotterease. Once the drawing is complete, all applicants are either chosen for entry or placed on a waiting list based on the number of applicants and the number of available positions.
Are there priorities given to any applicants? Board and staff members' children as well as siblings of currently enrolled students are given preference in the lottery. Additionally, when completing the application, the parent is given the option to enter one child into the lottery using the surname option. If the surnamed child is selected, the other siblings will move to the top of the waiting list. If the surnamed child is not selected, the other siblings will remain on the waiting list until the surnamed child is chosen. Once the child is chosen, the other students will also be chosen or placed at the top of the waiting list. If the parent opts for each student to go through the lottery, he will decline the surname option and the children will not have preferential treatment if one is accepted. If one gets in and the other does not, the one who is on the waiting list will simply wait his turn on the waiting list and not be bumped to the top of the list because his sibling got in.
Will you let us know whether our child was accepted? We will send you a letter letting you know about the results of the lottery within 24 hours of the drawing. You will be expected to confirm with us that you plan to accept this allotted spot by the date indicated in the letter. If we do not hear from you by the specified date, the next student on the waitlist will be offered the spot. Having received your confirmation, you will then receive a welcome package in mid-June that will include information on uniform requirements, classroom requirements, and the summer reading list.
My child was chosen in the lottery. What are the next steps? Confirm to accept the position on the Lotterease email. Then complete the registration link.
What happens if my child is not chosen in the lottery? If your child is not chosen, he/she will be placed on a waiting list As students decline or make other plans, the next person on the waiting list is informed via email so that he/she can accept the available position.
Do current students need to reapply each year? Once you are in Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, you don’t have to reapply. Simply complete the “letter of intent” that is sent out in February stating your plans to return. If you do not get accepted into Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, you must reapply in January of the upcoming year. Applications are NOT carried over.