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About the Institute for Classical Education

Over the past two decades, classical education has enjoyed a rebirth in this country, under the influence of educators and families who have sought improved educational opportunities for their children. In many cases, entire communities have rediscovered a hidden treasure from the not-too-distant past: a form of schooling that shaped generations of children prior to the 20th century.


For more than three centuries, classical education served as the academic standard bearer in America at schools like Boston Latin School or Episcopal Academy (Philadelphia). Yet, historically, most classical schools have been reserved for those who could afford the tuition.


Today, there is a growing movement of classical schools, both public (charter) and private, which are meeting the needs of students from all socio-economic backgrounds—with a commitment to providing greater educational opportunity to more families across America.


Classical education may be unfamiliar to most, for it has been overlooked in the past century. However, there are many families who have found classical schools (and classical curricula for homeschoolers) to be profoundly helpful in preparing their children for college and for life. In the thoughtful study of languages, history, mathematics, literature, the sciences, and fine arts, classical education today is creating a variety of opportunities to recover the sense of wonder that propels the search for knowledge. At the same time, classical education takes a unifying approach to intellectual and moral formation by developing the integrity of mind and heart.


By supporting and encouraging classical education across the country, the Institute seeks to encourage the effective development of personal and civic virtue in America.


I hope you will enjoy getting to know more about the phenomena of classical education in this country. To start, please subscribe to Virtue, our no-cost periodical in which you will learn more about what’s happening in the wonder-filled world of classical education.


Together in Pursuit of Excellence,


Robert L. Jackson, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer of Great Hearts America,
Director of the Institute for Classical Education


Virtue is the flagship publication of the Institute for Classical Education. It disseminates stories, ideas, research and experiences in classical education to readers across the nation, helping them pursue the classical ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty.

Subscribing to Virtue’s mailing list is absolutely free. Sign-up today to receive your first copy!

New academies can only be created with substantial philanthropic investment:

At Great Hearts, we believe that a classical education is not only for the privileged few, but for every child, no matter their zip code. We invite you to help us bring a classical education to dozens of additional communities and thousands more children as we aim to bring a classical education to more than 50,000 students by 2025.

Grateful Hearts

We are honored to partner with a wide range of generous corporations, foundations,

and individual donors in bringing a classical education experience to as many children as possible.

There is no greater social investment than education

New academies can only be created with substantial philanthropic investment. We long to open more school doors to cultivate the hearts and minds of students to pursue Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Please join us in this moral imperative for our country.

The Institute provides donors an opportunity to shape a generation of hearts and minds.