Jefferson’s Scholars provides gifted children in K-8th the opportunity to further deepen their understanding of the world, themselves, and others in order to challenge unexamined opinion, to contemplate the nature of things and the results of human endeavors, and to enable them to make reasoned choices in public and private life. The basis of the program is an understanding that the reading of time-tested and challenging texts, under the guidance of an insightful and engaged teacher, is the most challenging and successful way to equip a student’s mind to explore fundamental questions which face humanity.
The history of human thought provides scholars with the different perspectives of other societies for considering how our own society views history, social relationships, law, money, class, race, the exercise of power, identity, language, among other things. With these books as a basis, scholars will be best equipped to join the "great conversation" of the centuries, which has taken place through the works of artists, authors, scientists, politicians, and philosophers. Through the development of these mental capacities, the Jefferson’s Scholars Program seeks to prepare scholars who are committed to further adding to their education to seek truth, beauty, and goodness, thus enriching both their own lives and the lives of those around them.