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TJ in the Community

TJ’s reach extends into the community in a variety of ways, including service projects, academic enrichment activities for all students in the area, and community access to world-class speakers and performers in the Performing Arts Center.

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Engaging with Our Community

The value of Thomas Jefferson extends beyond our school to the broader community where our students and faculty get involved through service projects, food drives, blood drives, and visits to nursing homes and other community organizations.

All students in the Four-States area are welcome to participate in our enrichment programs, which include Duke TIP, Young Scholars, Kids College, and the After-School Enrichment program.

Community members attend our athletic competitions and other events, including the Steven McCollum Distinguished Speakers Series as well as a number of concerts and theater performances. TJ builds pride in our community by competing in regional, state, and national academic, artistic, and athletic contests.

TJ is also important to local businesses, helping them to recruit employees from other parts of the country who value independent schools for their children. Businesses also support TJ, providing sponsorship of our athletics program, school fundraising events, concerts, speaker series, and so much more.

Beyond tuition, TJ counts on philanthropy to support our mission-driven, liberal arts, college-preparatory program. Please make a gift to help TJ continue to build tomorrow’s leaders.

Speaker Series

Speaker Series

The Steven McCollum Distinguished Speakers Series brings prominent leaders to the stage at TJ and is open to the entire community.

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Community members are invited to attend concerts and theater events at TJ to enjoy our students in action, sharing their many talents.

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Academic enrichment programs open to non-TJ students


Juniors and Seniors who participate in National Honor Society service projects


Students from schools other than TJ who attended an academic enrichment events, musical instrument lessons, or concert/theater performance at TJ last year


“We have always encouraged our daughters to contribute to our community through volunteerism outside of school. We appreciate the way TJ engenders a service mindset in students at every grade level.”

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