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TJCA-CFA Readies the 2017/18 School Year

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy (TJCA-CFA) completed its 18th year this past June, graduating 78 seniors who received a combined $6 million in academic scholarship awards to four year colleges.  Many graduates have earned Advanced Placement college course credits, allowing them to bypass large core requirement freshmen classes and move right into smaller sophomore level classes.  This past May, TJCA-CFA high school students took 283 AP exams with a passing rate of 70%, which is far above the state (56%) and local (40%) historical averages for AP exams.


For the 17/18 school year, TJCA-CFA is pleased to welcome several new teachers to the staff:

Cindy Temple will be joining our great third grade team to replace retiring legend, Donna Boggs. Cindy comes from Marion Elementary school in Cleveland County, where she earned Cleveland County Teacher of the Year recognition back in 2012.   Hailey Morgan, a 2017 graduate of Hillsdale College, will be teaching 6th grade history in our rich Core Knowledge curriculum.  Ron Schaeffer and Miles Ensley will be team teaching a revised middle school computer coding curriculum that integrates classical logic into computer coding for grades 6-8. Davis Westbrook, a 2017 graduate of Gardner Webb University’s music program will be leading our orchestra program, a new drum line club, and offer classical music classes. Michael Smith returns to TJCA-CFA after a six year stint as a school administrator and teacher at the new Christ the King School in Huntersville.  He will be teaching 9th grade Language Arts to replace 18 year TJ founding teacher, Scott Scruggs, who is retiring after over 30 years in the classroom.  Chastity McGraw joins the high school math department as a 2017 graduate of the GWU teacher education program.  Finally, Pamela Bennett joins our exceptional teacher staff.  She taught and directed special ed programs in Cherryville from 1994-2010 before starting her own business, and she is excited to get back into the classroom.
TJCA-CFA offers the strength of the Core Knowledge Curriculum developed at the University of Virginia for grades K-8, and a classical curriculum high school model that includes two years of Latin and a year each of logic and rhetoric in addition to core courses in each year of high school.  Visual arts and music are required core classes in grades K-8, and elective courses through high school to enable students to pursue theater, orchestra or dance.   We are excited to announce the launch of our new STEM Discovery lab class for all ninth grade students beginning with this 2017/18 school year to delve into real world applications of science, math and technology.  Middle school students in grades 6-8 will also learn computer coding skills in a revised computer science curriculum.
Student success in a challenging academic environment continues to be the signature of our K-12 program.  TJCA-CFA is one of only a handful of schools nationwide recognized by the Core Knowledge Foundation as a “Core Knowledge School of Distinction.”  Once again this past year, he Washington Post, US News and World Report and Newsweek Magazine continue to recognize TJCA-CFA in the top 1% of high schools nation-wide when measuring college readiness through state exams and Advanced Placement course criteria.


In athletics, TJCA-CFA is looking forward to a strong showing in the Southern Piedmont Conference this fall in both football and soccer.   The varsity football team has 18 rising seniors  and there is a real excitement on campus about a deep playoff run this year.  The varsity soccer team has nine rising seniors, and has a healthy balance of starters from each class.  Coach Brian Espinoza seems to always find the right formula for a deep run in the soccer playoffs.  The varsity volleyball team is hopeful for significant improvement this year, with hopes of some playoff success as well.   Fall varsity sports schedules are listed below.
TJCA-CFA will maintain a 180 day school calendar in 2017/18 with important August dates:
Thursday, August 10: 5PM-­ Kindergarten and First Grade Orientation at grammar school

Monday, August 14:  5PM­- 6PM­  Grades 2 and 3 Orientation, Grammar School

6:30PM-­7:30PM Grades 6-8 Orientation in Leitner Auditorium

Tuesday, August 15:  5-­6PM, Grades 4 and 5 Orientation, Grammar School

6:30­7:30PM Grades 9-12 Orientation, Leitner Auditorium
Thursday, August 17­ is the first day of school for our students
For more information about our program, please visit our website at
Joe Maimone
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy:  A Challenge Foundation Academy
2527 US Highway 221A,  Mooresboro, NC 28114-7698

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