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Joining the Great Conversation

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  

– Robert Frost

Who We Are

At SLO Classical Academy High School (SLOCAHS), thinking begins in wonder, matures through self-discipline, and deepens through experience. For students who are curious about their world and drawn to big ideas, we offer an exceptional classical curriculum, highly qualified and dedicated teachers, and peers who are growing and thriving. Our mission is to be a community that forges character, fosters wisdom, and nurtures a lifelong love of learning.

What Sets SLOCAHS Apart

classical education

Our model for learning is ancient, but couldn't possibly be more relevant today. It has helped to create some of the great thinkers throughout history, and in our complicated world, we are certainly in need of great thinkers. Classical education creates those thinkers, inspires a lifelong passion for learning, and reaches students' hearts, minds and souls.

meaningful experience

The modern-day high school experience is a far cry from what it used to be, and we believe there are more meaningful experiences available during these years. We strongly believe the high school years matter and are to be treasured, and therefore provide an experience to make the most of those years while simultaneously preparing them for life after graduation.

high standards

Our standards are high for our students and they live up to them! We expect developing excellence and exemplary character, and our program requires learning the value of hard work. Under the care of a nurturing community, students exceed their own expectations and take pride in their achievements.

our structure

Our program is designed after an University Model, with a full load of classes completed on M/W/F, and T/Th free to complete studies. This enables students to learn to use their time well, prepares them for college and offers flexibility. Our classes are also small, enabling teachers to really know and mentor their students, while fostering close community amongst diverse peers.

our teachers

Our teachers are passionate about their subject matter and take immense satisfaction in facilitating their students’ intellectual growth. Always looking to strike a balance between challenging students and nurturing them, the SLOCAHS faculty are distinguished by their capacity to identify, respect, and cultivate each student’s gifts, interests, and hard work. They are a quirky lot, but undeniably inspired and dedicated.

our students

Students who really love and benefit from SLOCAHS are students who value learning and rise to the occasion in the face of challenge...or they are students who rediscover their lost passion for learning. They are students who value a more intimate setting and are motivated to go on with their learning (college), just waiting for possibilities to unfold.

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