School Profile

Developing Thoughtful, Articulate Young Adults

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy (TJCA-CFA) is a public charter school, offering a college-preparatory education to students in grades Kindergarten through twelve. TJCA-CFA is open to North Carolina students. There is NO TUITION. Students from Rutherford, Cleveland, Polk, and McDowell counties currently attend TJCA-CFA.

“A society that wishes to be both ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, wants what never was, and never will be.”

—Thomas Jefferson


Building upon the foundation of the Core Knowledge Sequence, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy partners with families to educate students in grades K-12 in the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, thus graduating thoughtful, articulate young adults who are prepared for college and for a lifetime of citizenship and active intellectual inquiry.

School Charter

Take a look at our original Charter Application approved in 1998 by the NC Department of Public Instruction.

School Profile

For a brief overview of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy, view our 2019-2020 TJCA School Profile

NC Report Card:

Please clink on the year of interest for a more detailed report on our school performance:

Technology Plan

We are currently working to update our Technology Plan which discusses how we intend to acquire, implement, maintain, and fund technology in the coming years.

Our Mascot

The Gryphon – A mythical creature that is part lion, part eagle. Click on the link to learn more.

Our Alma Mater

Composed by Diane McEnnerney:

Thomas Jefferson, our Alma Mater,

Our noble guide, the beacon of our youth:

In your footsteps we gladly follow,

For in your hands you hold the torch of truth.

Thomas Jefferson, we’ll always love you,

And we’ll always love your burgundy and gold,

For we take with us your gift of knowledge,

And  face the future courageous and bold.

Alma Mater Video!


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Additional Resources

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy – A Challenge Foundation Academy (TJCA-CFA) is A Quality Tuition-Free Public Charter School.

By choice TJCA-CFA is a member of the TeamCFAnetwork. Our K-8 grades follow the Core Knowledge curriculum. Grades 9-12 follow a rigorous college preparatory classical curriculum. Please visit the following websites to best understand what defines us as a school.


Core Knowledge Homepage

About Core Knowledge/What is Core Knowledge

Core Knowledge Sequence At a Glance – A curriculum overview


TJCA-CFA is a public school and a charter school. The following two sites address these aspects of our school:

Public Schools of North Carolina

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools


Our school is a member of the NC Public Charter Schools Association.


To learn more about saving for your child’s college education, visit:
College Foundation of North Carolina
College Foundation of North Carolina in Spanish


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

 Lt.Governor Makes the Case for Public Charter Schools

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