san luis obispo classical academy high school
SLO Classical Academy High School (SLOCAHS) is a classical, four-year, independent private school with 52 students in grades 9-12. Founded to accommodate students promoted from SLOCA Grammar School, SLOCA High School opened its doors in 2009 and matriculated its first graduating class in 2013. SLOCA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and offers a full suite of A-G Certified Courses.
Although young, SLOCA High School has developed a rich, challenging classical program that attracts passionate, committed students from around California’s Central Coast. Often referred to as the most rigorous high school program in San Luis Obispo County, SLOCA High School emphasizes historical literacy, writing, research, scientific and mathematical thinking, Socratic seminar-style learning, great books, logic, and rhetoric across grade levels and academic subjects. Students meet with world-class faculty in classes of up to 16 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for reading, group learning on our open campus, and independent study. This “university model” schedule and our year-long academic courses allow us to meet all admissions requirements for high school course work while giving students a chance to read broadly and think deeply in a supportive learning community. Given our unique classical approach, we do not offer AP courses or Honors Courses. All of our students are held to honors-level expectations, and we use a standard 4.0 GPA point system without grade inflation. Due to small class sizes, we do not rank our students.
- Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- A-G Certified
- Classical, Independent, Nonprofit
- Max class sizes of 16
- Rigorous, college level academic
- “University Model” schedule (3 days/wk)
- 100% of graduates attend college
- SAT DATA: 50% of full-time graduates in 95th-99th percentile
- ACT DATA: 25% of full-time graduates National Merit Scholarhsip Commended
- Governance: 501(c)(3) under an 8 member Board of Directors
- Web Address: highschool.sloclassical.org
- Contact: Kateri Rein, firstname.lastname@example.org
All academic courses are taught over a full year at the 100 or 200 college levels. History and literature courses make up our core liberal arts program and occur concurrently on a four-year, chronological rotation (Ancient World, Medieval World, The U.S. and the Age of Enlightenment, and The Modern World). Four years of history are required for SLOCA graduates. Laboratory science courses emphasize in-depth, conceptual understanding and include Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy and Physiology. Math courses include Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, Data Science, and Mathematical thinking. Our mathematics program emphasizes historical context, visualization, and verbalization. Latin and Spanish are offered up to the advanced literature level. All graduates are required to complete a senior project, a year-long independent capstone project and presentation reflective of their academic interests and career aspirations.
The following electives are available on rotation: Art I, Art II, and Advanced Art; Current Events; Speech and Debate; Government; The Art, Science, and History of Food; Inner and Outer Nature; Woodworking; Music Appreciation; Fundamentals of Drama; Creative Writing Fiction Workshop Workshop; Advanced Creative Writing; Printmaking; and Film Studies. If a course is not offered through our program, students may enroll in courses at Cuesta Community College, Hancock Community College, and/or California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
SLOCA faculty in English, History, Science, Mathematics, and Latin all possess either academic Master’s degrees or PhDs. Arts faculty in Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, and Creative Writing work in their respective industries at the professional level.
EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES:
- Hanging Lantern Review is a student-curated literary magazine and writers’ workshop.
- CIF Athletics teams include volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country, and swimming.
- Student Government offers leadership training and participation in campus life.
- Additional clubs include Yearbook, History Day Team, Prom Committee, and Music Club.
- Students compete in Poetry Out Loud and Science Bowl.
- A school internship program provides students with work experience in areas such as library science, marketing, athletics, admissions, recreation, and teaching assistance.