Target opening in Fall 2022

A classical education
to cultivate human flourishing

Join our community to help bring the first public classical school to Cincinnati.

About us

Founders' mission

We seek to establish a K-12 classical charter school and will apply for affiliation with the Barney Charter School Initiative of Hillsdale College. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are independently operated. We believe that all children should have access to the best education possible, and that the classical model serves the highest purposes of education.

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What is classical education?

Classical education derives its purpose, methods, and subject matters from the traditions of our Western civilization inheritance that have proven their value over centuries and even millennia.

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Barney Charter Initiative

10 Key Characteristics

CCA will apply to join Hillsdale College's Barney Charter School Initiative, an ambitious program supporting classical charter schools across America.

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K-12 Curriculum

CCA will provide a classical liberal arts education with a curriculum focused on the humanities, sciences, and arts. Students will learn to communicate effectively, think clearly, and value the good, the true, and the beautiful.

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Our Mission

To train the minds and nourish the hearts of young men and women through a rigorous, content-rich classical curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in moral character and civic virtue.

Our Seal

The wavy lines represent the Ohio River and symbolize the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). The classical temple is in the likeness of the Pantheon and Jefferson Memorial. The quill and inkwell recall the traditional methods and subject matters of learning. The oak represents knowledge, rooted in appreciation of the true, the good, and the beautiful.

Our Motto

Our motto is Scientia est libertas, which translates to "Knowledge is freedom". Our nation's founders believed that success of political self-government requires a flourishing of personal self-government. Both are essential to preserving our republic, and both require proper education and civic virtue.

"The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail."

George Washington, 1784

"The principal capacity of a free government is to be derived from the sound morals and intelligence of the people; and the more extensive the means of education, the more confidently may we rely on the preservation of our public liberties."

James Monroe, 1818

“If  Virtue and Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslave’d. This will be their great Security.”

Samuel Adams, 1779