Welcome to the Classical Experience!

The new school with a
time-tested tradition

In partnership with Hillsdale College, Cincinnati Classical Academy is bringing tuition-free, K-12 classical liberal arts education to the greater Cincinnati area. We will be opening in Fall 2022 with grades K-6 and adding a grade each year until K-12 is served.

General Enrollment Is Now Open!

Enrollment for the 2022-23 lottery is open to any Ohio resident who will be entering kindergarten to sixth grade in Fall of 2022. We will be adding a grade each year until K-12 is served.   

Why Classical Education?

The pursuit of the good, the true, and the beautiful is good for everyone.

Cincinnati Classical Academy provides a traditional, time-tested alternative to modern trends in education, offering a content-rich curriculum in the classical liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in moral character and civic virtue.  We aim to prepare students for life, not just for college and career, through formation of the will to desire what is good, true, and beautiful. We rely on teachers, not digital devices, to teach, inspire, and form our students. We use primary sources and classic literature so that students can converse with and learn from the greatest thinkers who shaped Western culture and institutions.

Low Technology

Teacher-Led Classrooms

Emphasis on Knowledge, Character, and Virtue

Part of Hillsdale's K-12 Initiative

Hillsdale college

The Hillsdale Partnership

Cincinnati Classical Academy is one of more than 25 tuition-free member schools across the nation to be a part of Hillsdale College’s K-12 Barney Charter School Initiative. 

This is an ambitious program to establish and sustain classical liberal arts education throughout America. Like all of the highly successful Hillsdale-affiliated schools, Cincinnati Classical Academy emphasizes intellectual rigor, human virtue, moral character, and responsible citizenship. 

The Classical Approach to Education

Our teachings are based on the curricula, materials, methods, and aims that have traditionally been used to educate generations of young men and women who have helped build our nation and preserve Western civilization.  

  • The teaching of objective standards of truth, beauty, and virtue ​
  • An integrated study of literature, history, science, math, music, art, logic, and more ​
  • Cultivation of moral character and civic virtue, or excellence​
  • Reliance on traditional methods, like teacher-led classrooms and great books ​
  • A rigorous, content-rich curriculum​
  • Prizing a well-ordered mind and heart, from good manners to a well-adorned campus
  • Seeking to tap students’ sense of wonder and pursuit of wisdom
  • Holding that the purpose of education is to enable human happiness

How Do I Enroll My Child?

Attend an Info Meeting

Learn more about Classical at one of our parent info sessions or our Open House.

Apply for Admission

All residents of Ohio entering grades K-6 are eligible. The enrollment process opens on December 2.

Give your child a time-tested education

Watch as your child grows in mind, heart, and soul.

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