Middle/High School

Welcome to TJCA-CFA! 

Thank you for visiting our school web site! As Headmaster of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, I have had the good fortune to watch our school grow from 110 students in 1999 to over 1,200 students in grades K–12 on two campuses here in beautiful Rutherford County.

At TJCA-CFA our rigorous classical curriculum prepares our students well for college and beyond.

To date, 100% of our graduating seniors who applied to four year colleges have been accepted to one of their top choice schools. Yet, what makes me so proud of our school is the family atmosphere that we are able to achieve, thanks to a great staff of teachers who truly care about the well being of their students, and our supportive parents who choose to send their children to us.

I hope that if you have the opportunity to visit with us, you will find the atmosphere here inviting, safe, and conducive to learning. You will see engaged students who participate in lively and interesting discussion in the classroom. You will see teachers using the Socratic method of asking probing questions to help our students think through a math or science problem, to compare literary characters, and to understand why important historical events took place. You will see students expressing themselves in art, dance, music, drama, club activities, and an array of interscholastic sporting programs. In sum, you will find students and teachers unlocking the Lost Tools of Learning.

In looking to our future, we are so thankful that the Challenge Foundation has welcomed our program into the family of Challenge Foundation Academies. We see the natural progression of the Core Knowledge program in grades K-8 to the Classical Studies program in grades 9-12 as the best foundation a student can have to prepare him or her for success in life.

Joe Maimone, Headmaster