Embracing Tradition, Embracing Growth

Bona Verba from the Headmaster

On Tuesday evening we made the momentous announcement to a packed gymnasium that we now have a permanent future home. After a careful, four-year search that witnessed our school’s growth from concept to reality, with robust enrollment and historic academic achievement, we announced that the Sentinels have found their permanent home.

Cincinnati Classical Academy will operate as a dual campus beginning in 2025-26. The Lower School (K-4) will remain at our Siebenthaler campus, while the Middle and Upper Schools (5-12) will be located at a second campus we are purchasing at 10200 Anderson Way in Blue Ash. The new campus is located near the intersection of Reed-Hartman and Glendale-Milford roads, adjacent to Summit Park, and three miles from the Siebenthaler campus.

What great timing this is because, coming up on Thursday, May 9, we will be presenting our vision for grades 9-12. As we expand into higher grades and a new location, we remain committed to our original mission. Our first class of Sentinels will graduate in 2029, marking a significant milestone in our school’s history. With each passing year, we continue to grow in numbers and reach, yet our dedication to excellence in classical education remains the same.

Amid the diverse educational landscape of the greater Cincinnati area, CLASSICAL stands out as a tuition-free public community school with a classical curriculum. We offer an academic program that challenges students to think critically, reason logically, and communicate effectively. Our curriculum encompasses a wide range of subjects, all taught through the lens of the classical liberal arts tradition.

Beyond academics, we place great emphasis on character development and civic virtue. In fact, our school culture is built upon seven core virtues. We believe that by instilling these virtues in our students, we prepare them not only for success in their academic pursuits but also for meaningful engagement in their communities and the world at large.

At Thursday’s high school info night for parents, we will be introducing some key upper school personnel, information about our educational philosophy, academic program, curriculum, athletics, extracurriculars, college counseling, fine arts programming, the Senior Thesis, and our unique house system, known as “Citadel Life” in Sentinel lingo. We will also be offering a 32-page Prospectus that includes descriptions of all courses, including AP courses, that we intend to offer during the 9-12 years.

We truly believe that we are planting the seeds in some very rich soil. Beginning next week, we will provide our high school Prospectus online. We hope you plan to take a look at what we have planned for a promising CLASSICAL future.

Torches Up!
Mr. Michael Rose

Michael Rose - Headmaster

Mr. Michael Rose

Meet the Headmaster

Mr. Rose has taught various courses at Brown University, Cincinnati Moeller, and The Summit Country Day School. As a part of his degree work in education, Mr. Rose’s research interests included the Great Books curriculum, the Paideia teaching method, and the “effects of emerging digital technology on student reading, writing, and researching.” Read More