Academic Curriculum

Our time-honored curriculum opens doors to exceptional opportunity for our students.

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The Foundation for Success

Rigorous. Well-balanced. Captivating. That’s the kind of classical, liberal arts education you can expect at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.

Starting in Pre-K, students engage in English, mathematics, science, history/social studies, the arts, and world languages. Each year builds on the previous so that your child develops a strong academic foundation. Physical education, athletics, and a diverse offering of extracurricular activities supplement our core academic program. TJ brings students together with expert faculty who exemplify intellectual curiosity, a dedication to truth, and the advantages of living the examined life.

Thomas Jefferson’s approach leads to extraordinary results: 100% of our graduates are accepted into the nation’s best colleges and universities. They also receive significant merit-based scholarship offers. The last five graduating classes have earned an average of more than $4.25 million.

College Admissions

TJ alumni have matriculated to prestigious institutions, including:

  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Columbia University
  • Grinnell College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Saint Louis University Medical Scholar Program
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Notre Dame
  • United States Service Academies
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Yale University

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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“A TJ education is transformative and is the most meaningful gift you can give to any child.”

Debra Humphreys - Founder & Chair, TJ’s Board of Trustees

Our Pre-K – Kindergarten program helps your child develop a love for learning and sets the stage for academic success.

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Our Lower School program helps your child develop essential academic skills in reading, writing, listening, computing, and studying.

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Our Middle School program helps your child transition from childhood to adolescence and prepare for the academic rigor of Upper School.

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Our Upper School program prepares your child for college through a challenging liberal arts curriculum.

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PREPARATION FOR A MORE REMARKABLE JOURNEY

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