Our Curriculum

Grades K-8

In grades K-6, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy offers a curriculum that integrates the Core Knowledge Sequence and the North Carolina Standard Course of Studies. Each year in the Core Knowledge Sequence, students gain a rigorous grounding in the language arts, history and geography, mathematics, science, music, and art. All K-8 classes have fully integrated the Core Knowledge Sequence and the North Carolina Standard Course of Studies.


High School

In high school, TJCA-CFA offers a demanding academic curriculum that exceeds the requirements of North Carolina’s Future-Ready Core. The curriculum prepares students for admission to four-year colleges and universities. See the attachment at bottom for the full 9-12 course schedule!

Grade 9

In grade 9, students are required to take Honors English I, Honors World History, Honors Biology, Latin I, Mathematics (typically Algebra I or Algebra II), and Physical Education and Health. Students have one elective, opposite of their PE time.

Grade 10

In grade 10, students are required to take Honors English II, Advanced Placement (AP) European History or Honors European History, Honors Chemistry or Physical Science, Latin II, Logic I and Geometry (taught together), and Mathematics (Honors Pre-Calculus, Algebra III or Algebra II). Students have the option for one or two electives.

Grade 11

In grade 11, students are required to take Honors English III or AP English Language and Composition, AP U.S. History or Honors U.S. History, a science course (choice), a math course (Pre-Calculus if not met; otherwise a choice – advanced level mathematics strongly encouraged) a third year of foreign language of their choice, Logic II and Art History. Students must take AP or Honors Environmental Science before graduation if they have not met that requirement. Students may take one to two electives (with one study hall period being an option).

Grade 12

In grade 12, students are required to take Honors English IV or AP English Literature and Composition, Honors Civics and Economics  or AP US Government, Honors Classical Rhetoric, which culminates in a senior rhetoric thesis, and a fourth science credit (choice). Seniors have options for electives, including study hall. Students who have not met all math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and an additional math credit) or foreign language (Latin I, II and third year language choice) requirements must do so in order to graduate.

TJCA-CFA offers several electives, including:


  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP German Language and Culture
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Studio Art (Drawing and Photography)
  • AP U.S. Government
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History
  • Honors Latin III and IV
  • Great Books Seminar
  • Classical Greek
  • Honors Applied Math
  • Honors Astronomy
  • Honors Anatomy/Physiology
  • Business Math
  • Physical Education (Weight Training or Physical Fitness)
  • Karate
  • Honors Advanced Art
  • Visual Arts I and II
  • Honors Physics
  • Yearbook
  • Creative Writing
  • Orchestra
  • Band
  • Ballet
  • Classical Guitar
  • Theater Arts I, II, IIII and IV
  • Academic Team
  • Competitive Debate
  • Academic Team
  • Culinary Arts
  • Spanish I, II, and Honors Spanish III
  • German I and II
  • Philosophy
  • Shakespeare
  • Mythology
  • World Religions

(*Note – list of electives may change from year to year, depending on student demand for courses and teacher availability)

TJCA Graduation Course Checklist

All Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses, and all students who take AP courses are required to take the AP exam. Information about these courses can be found at the College Board’s Web site.