Welcome from the Headmaster

We want to set our students on a course to learn from our heritage and use it to create a brighter future for us all. Our mission is to provide a classical liberal arts education to parents who want one for their child!

Dear Prospective CLASSICAL Families,

The last half-century has seen an endless parade of education reforms that have yielded dismal results. The teaching of ideologies over reasoning and favoring technology over traditional methods of instruction—they aren’t working. We understand your concern over what your children are being taught—and what they’re not being taught. Well, we believe there’s a better way. Opening in Fall of 2022, Cincinnati Classical Academy offers a K-12 classical liberal arts education—the same classical education that formed great minds like Shakespeare and Lincoln. 

Oh, and did we mention that we’re tuition-free? We are.

CLASSICAL is on course to be one of more than 25 tuition-free charter schools across the nation that are a part of Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative, an ambitious program to establish and sustain classical liberal arts education throughout America.  Like all of the highly successful Hillsdale-affiliated schools, CLASSICAL emphasizes intellectual rigor, human virtue, moral character, and responsible citizenship.

Here’s how we do it: 

  • First, we are returning to the curricula, materials, and methods that have traditionally been used to educate generations of young men and women who have helped build our nation and preserve Western civilization. These include teacher-led classrooms, low technology, explicit phonics, and traditional mathematics instruction. Our students do the hard work of thinking about and discussing big ideas and important events. They diagram sentences. They explore the natural world through the rigorous study of science and mathematics. And our students study Latin, learn to write in cursive, and understand the founding documents and principles of our country.
  • Second, we believe in the importance of books in a child’s education. The books in our curriculum are among the greatest works of literature ever written. They have proven to be instruments that properly form our students’ moral imaginations. That means reading and discussing the classics, from Aesop’s Fables to the Chronicles of Narnia to Hamlet and Macbeth. (And so much more!)
  • Third, we actively focus on developing the whole person—heart, mind, body, and soul. As a result, students are equipped with the tools to be self-disciplined and intellectually competent, with strong moral character and civic responsibility. 

Enrollment opens in December and 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.)  If you are interested in knowing more about tuition-free classical education coming soon to the Cincinnati area, I encourage you to attend one of our upcoming Parent Info Nights. If you already feel drawn to the educational vision set out on our website, or indeed, wish to explore in greater detail what a CLASSICAL education means in practice, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We don’t want you to have to continue to worry about your children’s education. We want to set our students on a course to learn from our heritage and use it to create a brighter future for us all. Please help us spread the word. After all, our mission is to provide a classical liberal arts education to anyone who wants one for their child!


Michael Rose

Cincinnati Classical Academy