Welcome to Down Home, San Luis Obispo Classical Academy’s blog! We are a classical school offering options to make education work for families. We have a full hybrid program for grades pre-12, which means part-time classroom and part-time home instruction with a 4 day option for middle school and a university model high school. This blog is meant to support and encourage on the home front because in so many ways, the heart of what happens at SLO Classical Academy happens down home.

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What’s Up Weekend? wait…what?

If you’ve been following us since the end of November, you may be confused as to why we’re highlighting a weekend event on a Wednesday. Well, we have something really cool to share with you that couldn’t wait until Friday. We thought posting about it a couple of days early will give you some time to plan ahead.

So, what’s the exciting event? The International Children’s Film Festival is coming to town! Let’s read below for details…

The Children’s House Montessori School and Montessori World Educational Institute are teaming up with the SLO Film Festival to put on the First Annual Children’s Film Festival this Saturday, January 12th. Every year, the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), puts together “the best of the fest” from that year’s film festival. These shorts – animation, live action, documentary, and experimental films-come from across the globe.

On Saturday evening, January 12, Children’s House Montessori School in Atascadero will host two collections from the 2018 Festival–Kid Flicks One for children ages 3-7 and Kid Flicks Two for ages 8-18. The event is open to the public, and children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $5.00 per person and include a bag of popcorn and a cookie. Kid Flicks One screens from 5:00 to 6:30pm and Kid Flicks Two screens from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Purchase a ticket for one or both screenings!

The audience will be given a ballot to score their favorites and offer their opinions. Discussion about the films, led by a SLO Film Festival volunteer, will follow the screening. View this link for the flyer: 1st Annual Children’s Film Festival. And click here for the movie previews.


Kid Flicks One gives a warm welcome to all budding cinephiles with a lively international lineup of fun. Kick off with good hygiene and great dubstep in Party Mouth (USA), then let your hair-or, er fur-down and hang loose in I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia). And the charming If You Fall (Canada), among so many others.


With a compelling range of styles and themes, Kid Flicks Two offers clever, thought-provoking films sure to inspire audiences ages 8+ to expand their horizons. In the Grand Prize award-winner Game (USA), AJ has the drive to excel but must push through obstacles to get there. Meanwhile, teamwork takes on different stripes when an odd couple of bears are forced to work together in the hilarious stop-motion short Poles Apart (UK).

Doesn’t that sound like a fun, family event? To purchase tickets and for further information, please contact Korey Dudley of the Children’s House Montessori School via email or at 805.466.5068.

Invite your friends and perhaps we’ll see you there! Happy screening!



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