Is there tuition? No. TJCA is a tuition-free public charter school.
What is a charter school? A charter school is a public school that receives public money but has been freed of some of the rules and regulations that apply to other public schools in exchange for a higher level of accountability in meeting standards determined by the state.
Charter schools were created to provide innovative educational choices for students and their families. Charter schools may choose their own academic program and set policies that reflect the school’s mission and goals.
How does a charter school receive funding? Charter schools receive public funding, but the funding does not include capital dollars to cover the cost of the facility. Charter schools, then, operate on much less funding per student than traditional public schools do and could not provide the excellent education they do without the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations.
Can anyone attend? Yes. The United States Department of Education requires all charter schools to have enrollment procedures that promote equal opportunity for all. Open enrollment leading to a lottery is the first step in providing equal opportunity.
Do you have a waitlist? After a grade level is filled applicants are put on a waitlist in the order in which they were drawn and may register as seats become available.
May students with disabilities or language minority students attend? TJCA does not discriminate based on disability, race, color, gender, national origin, or religion.
What are the class sizes? The student-faculty ratio is 15:1 with a maximum of 100 students enrolled per grade level. Class sizes can vary from as few as five students in an upper-level AP course to a maximum of 25 students.
What is the school day schedule? Student arrival time is 7:20-7:45 a.m. All students must report to homeroom at the 7:45 bell and are marked tardy at the 7:50 bell. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and announcements, seven fifty-five minute periods are held, with a five-minute break between class periods. Student dismissal time is 2:55 p.m.
What is the school year calendar? We follow the traditional August-June school year. The current calendar can be found by clicking on the "Calendar" icon on the front page of the website.
What is the Grammar School? The K-5 Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar School opened on August 20, 2007. The grammar school uses the Core Knowledge Curriculum based on ideas presented by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. In each grade students will be exposed to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics that will build on one another to prepare them for educational success. Go to www.coreknowledge.org for more information.
What is the curriculum focus at TJCA? TJCA is a college preparatory public school, which means that we only offer the college/university prep diploma track for high school graduates. Students who are serious about completing a four-year college degree program after high school should attend. We believe that all students have the ability to complete college preparatory work, but that a strong work ethic is necessary for success. The classical curriculum focuses on critical thinking skills with required classes in logic, composition, and rhetoric.
When did the school open? Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy opened its doors on August 23, 1999, with 110 students. Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar School opened its doors on August 20, 2007.
How many students do you have in attendance this year? At the start of the 2018-2019 year, we have about 1,330 students in attendance in grades K-12.
What about sports and other activities at TJCA? The Grammar school offers group violin lessons, art, and crochet. The YMCA offers an after school program at a cost per month.
TJCA offers the following interscholastic sports for middle and high school students: football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, tennis, golf, softball, cross country, horseback riding, and baseball. Elective club activities include; drama, chorus, orchestra, yearbook, academic teams, Science Olympiad, the battle of the books, creative writing, debate, and multiple tutoring activities. Students are invited to join the National Honor Society, Beta Club, 4-H, Future Business Leaders of America, International Thespian Society, and may be elected to student council positions.