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Scholar Program

The Scholar Program is for kids 12 years old or older who are prepared through Core and Love of Learning phases to engage in more focused study.  It begins with about 2+ hours of study a day as a Practice Scholar engaging in one of our Practice Scholar Projects.  As the student's ability to focus and submit to difficult tasks grows, so does their iniative to study more hours.  With guidance from their parents and scholar mentors, the youth discover more about themselves, their abilities, and interests.  Through reading, writing, discussions and personal projects, students begin to understand the contributions they want to make to their families and communities.


The spine of our Scholar Program consists of year-long project classes with a specific VMASK: vision, mission, abilities, skills, and knowledge the scholars work to gain. Some are designed by Leadership Education Mentoring Institute (LEMI). Others are designed by inspired mentors. All projects have the purpose to help the youth move through the scholar phases. All mentors offering LEMI projects go through a special training by LEMI.  Other specifically targeted classes for our scholars are approved through the Board to ensure quality and adherence to the Thomas Jefferson Education philosophy and phase appropriate VMASK standards.


Scholar Projects to be offered will be decided upon each year to meet the needs of the membership.  

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PRACTICE Scholar (ages 12+)

In this project they study the founding fathers and founding documents of the United States. As they study the founding of the United States of America, they explore the purpose of government; world crisis and personal and family choices; leadership; war, pestilence, betrayal, statesmanship; hardship; how to survive during difficult times; public virtue; and traits of a hero. Students study the Founding of America and gain an in-depth experience with the Constitution. The students are inspired to memorize the Declaration of Independence, and surprisingly, they usually do! The culminating event is a Constitution Bowl typically against another TJEd commonwealth who has also held this project the same year. The teams are quizzed regarding their understanding of the Constitution of the United States. It is a fun way to end the year.


The Pyramid Project teaches scholars how to think, not what to think. The four corners of the pyramid represent: Logic and Reasoning, Truth, Habits of a Scientist, and Newtonian Math (which is the math everyone usually learns to hate). Through the project, we are connecting math and science to the world around them, and helping the scholars to see the relevance so they have a reason to study it. They develop the habit to log one's study as they learn to emulate Nathaniel Bowditch and his amazing self-education in Carry on Mr. Bowditch. An alternative to the scientific method, called Making Connections, is also taught while they learn how great scientists of all times learned to wonder, see patterns, and ask the right question. Throughout the course there is a growth in the students' ability to think logically and to measure things they encounter in the world against their core book (which may be scriptures or any other book that the scholar and his or her family uses as a foundation of truth.) They are taught many skills, such as how to find equations as they read the text. Many scholars find the scientific experiments so enjoyable they thirst for more.


Our Edison Project is a Self-Directed Scholar Project. It is for our 17+ scholars, who have been through the other scholar phases and are ready for the next step in their journey. Scholars use the knowledge, skills, and abilities they have previously gained to start making and impact NOW as they create and implement their own projects. They develop projects based on their passion, such as music, engineering, or a foreign language. Some prepare themselves to tackle college or an apprenticeship. Sometimes those projects lead to businesses or careers, sometimes those projects help the students find and fill in some of the gaps in their education (We all have them.) They stretch themselves further than they could go. But the scholars are not alone. They are guided by their Edison coach with a system of accountability, including deadlines and weekly self-evaluations to help them achieve their goals. By supporting and inspiring each other, they are able to join in the great conversation and overcome their roadblocks to find success. The skills gained in the Edison Project are invaluable tools they will use throughout their lives as they continue to fulfill their mission. A few of the vital principles they study are: finding heroes that have/had their same mission, securing mentors who can prepare them for their mission, showing initiative and dedication to their unique purpose, and submitting to mentors and inner feelings of doing the right-next thing. Our Edison Project will begin with a retreat on June 20-22. If you have a scholar 16+, they are invited to come, even if they will not be participating in the Edison Project this year.

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