Classical Preparatory School provides a traditional classical/liberal arts education to students in grades K-11th and will soon serve K-12th. This model of education predominated in the past, and there has been a dramatic resurgence in the number of such schools in the last several years. So what is a classical, liberal arts education, and why is the model becoming so popular again?
A classical/liberal arts education is the educational gold standard for creating innovators, thinkers, and leaders in any field. Its sole purpose is to train students how to think for themselves. On any list of the 100 most influential people in history, the vast majority received a liberal arts education, including Newton, da Vinci, Galileo, Locke, Michelangelo, Washington, Churchill, and Einstein.
Liberal education originated from the work of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. They realized that training solely for a career did not prepare students for the complex thought required in a self-governing society. Career education taught only what to do. While this had been sufficient in an ancient world where the powerful ruled, a new education was needed to produce the analytical and critical thought necessary in a free society.
From Socrates until the last 50 years, education in the free world was understood to serve this greater purpose. Charter, private, and magnet schools are bringing back this time-tested model. Classical Prep joins the growing number of schools offering to a new generation of scholars a liberal education, something more relevant than ever in today’s complex and ever-changing world.