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.”
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.
Take a look at our original Charter Application approved in 1998 by the NC Department of Public Instruction.
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:
- 2018-2019: Grade B with an 84 Overall Performance Grade
- 2017-2018: Grade A with an 88 Overall Performance Grade
- 2016-2017: Grade B with an 82 Overall Performance Grade
- 2015-2016: Grade B with an 83 Overall Performance Grade
- 2014-2015: Grade A+NG with an 86 Overall Performance Grade
- 2013-2014: Grade A with an 86 Overall Performance Grade
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.
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.
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.
TJCA-CFA is a public school and a charter school. The following two sites address these aspects of our school:
Our school is a member of the NC Public Charter Schools Association.