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.

General​ ​Information
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)
  • Non-Sectarian
  • 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
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  • Contact: Kateri Rein,

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.


  • 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.

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