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In a nation facing a crisis of literacy, in a culture that is settling for the bright and glitzy, in a country in which schools are struggling to have even manageable class sizes, never mind the opportunity to engage students at the deepest levels, SLOCA is a gem that is greatly to be treasured.

– Gary D. Schmidt

Two-time Newbery Honor-winning author and National Book Award Finalist


SLO Classical Academy emerged from a dream to offer a distinctive educational alternative that brings students and parents together and also satisfies the longing for a quality education.

Following a dream, Lisa Lewis and Susie Theule began a journey that eventually led to their founding of SLOCA.  A seasoned educator, Lisa envisioned a school that reflected her beliefs about what a solid, engaging education offers.  A perennial student and parent of four, Susie desired a school for her children that encouraged a passion for learning, was meaningful and rich, and prepared her children for life beyond the classroom. Together, Lisa and Susie embarked on a great (and wild) quest to find answers to these questions:  How important is education, really? What does great education actually provide? How can the many hours dedicated to school (an average of 2,340 days in class and 16,000 hours of time on campus by the end of the high school years––and that’s before homework!) actually create meaning and value for our kids long after they have flown the coop?  Can the love of learning be preserved? What is the best we can give our children?

After much reading, researching and contemplating, SLOCA was born––opening in 2005 to 27 children grades Kindergarten-6th grade, classes were conducted between four homes. It has now grown to over 395 students grades preschool-high school, serving families from all over the Central Coast on an actual school campus.

SLOCA, now more than a dozen years later, remains committed to its mission, and our community daily knows and experiences the reality that SLOCA exists to educate for life: the education we provide is life-enriching, life-preparing, and life-giving.

We understand that education is not a means to an end, but a worthy end itself.


Because we continually see wonders in our children – from the youngest ones identifying a climax in a story to the high schoolers discussing Plato and his impact on the modern world, wonders abound at SLOCA.

Why have so many families decided to invest in their children through SLOCA?  Why are some families willing to drive 40+ miles to bring their children to SLOCA?  Because SLOCA is special. We combine an amazing, time-tested education with down-home living.  We read great books that touch and change us. We bring families together. We provide an education that is effective and completely prepares students for life and forever learning.  We teach kids to think for themselves and challenge their character, all within the warm arms of a supportive community.

don’t take our word for it though! we asked parents, “why SLOCA?”, and they said, because it offers them:

a superior education, rooted in the classical model

intentionally small class sizes

creative assignments and excellent, thoughtfully chosen curriculum

the opportunity to learn Latin

exceptional art instruction

teachers who really care about their kids and make each student feel special

a focus on individual progress and potential as a result of not teaching to standardized tests

intimate knowledge of what their child is being taught in school

an incredible home education support system and training

an opportunity for parents to learn alongside their children as they do schoolwork

books parents love reading as much as the children

stimulation of family discussion because students study the same subject matter at different grade levels

a unique quality time spent with their kids today—while they can

a community of parents who all really care about their kids' education

emphasis on character development

creativity and individualization of the educational experience

an overwhelming sense of family/community

a voice

So, Why SLOCA? you ask?
We think the real question here is,
Why not SLOCA?!

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