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Early Childhood

Several exceptional faculty members. One focus: Your child’s success. Half- and Full-day Pre-Kindergarten, and Full-day 5-days-per-week Kindergarten.

Setting the Stage for Academic Success

Thomas Jefferson’s Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten program creates an ideal academic environment for your child to achieve success — now and in the future. From testing new capacities to developing an intellectual curiosity and discovering the joy in learning, your child will thrive in this mission-driven Early Childhood program.

Seven full-time faculty members — including two in each classroom for core subjects — provide the individualized and focused attention children need to fulfil their potential. These expert educators exemplify intellectual curiosity, a dedication to truth, and modeling the life skills essential to leading a healthy, happy life.

It is never too early to begin preparing your child for success in college — and in life. TJ offers a classical liberal arts education starting in Pre-K with engaging and age-appropriate lessons in English, mathematics, science, history/social studies, and world languages. Art, music, technology library, and physical education round out your child’s educational experience.

This comprehensive program helps your child develop self-confidence and the skills in core subjects and the ability to collaborate with other students, setting the stage for success in Lower School and beyond.

TJ Faculty

TJ Faculty

TJ’s Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten faculty are caring and nurturing educators who specialize in Early Childhood education.

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Accreditation and Membership

Accreditation and Membership

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and holds membership in the following:

  • National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Duke University's Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP)
  • Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA—state activities association)
  • National Honor Society, and the Ozark 7 Conference.

Curriculum Guide

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Curriculum Guide


Pre-K and K Faculty members focused on your child’s success


Teachers in each Pre-K and K classroom for core subjects


TJ faculty who hold advanced degrees


“Thomas Jefferson is a place where children learn to love learning. They are being prepared academically and socially as they embark on their academic journey.”

Michele Dunker, TJ Kindergarten teacher



Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School delivers a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum in a supportive and nurturing environment.