Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School opened in August 1993, and today has approximately 295 students enrolled in grades PK-12. A Board of Trustees governs the school, and the school is directed by the Head of School. Students are engaged in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, with all students taking several Advanced Placement courses during their Upper School years. Extracurricular activities include performing and visual arts, academic and athletic competitions, field trips, and clubs. Enrollment at TJIDS is open to all, and financial aid is available to qualified students. The school awards more than $500,000 in financial aid annually to approximately 40 percent of the student population. In addition, significant privately funded merit-based scholarships are available. The school has graduated approximately 300 students in 17 classes, with virtually all enrolling in four-year institutions immediately following graduation.