Mission and Vision
We offer an education in education itself.
While schools should always have the worthy goal of improving student learning outcomes and concrete methods of self-evaluation, Optima Classical Academy believes the greater goal is to produce students who communicate effectively, are virtuous, possess cultural literacy, and are active and productive members of American society.
Our mission is to train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a content-rich classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.
Optima Classical Academy develops within its students the intellectual and personal habits and skills upon which responsible, independent, and flourishing lives are built, in the firm belief that such lives are the basis of a free and just society. The Academy strives to offer enrichment and to develop character through both curricular and extracurricular offerings, to nurture the child’s humanity with a constant view to the potential adult.
The time-honored liberal arts curriculum and pedagogy direct student achievement toward mastery of the fundamentals in the basic academic skills, exploration of the arts and sciences, and understanding of the foundational tenets of our Western heritage.
Our vision is to have a citizenry worthy of the legacy of our country’s founders and the continuation of our American experiment, developed through a classical, great-books curriculum designed to engage the student in the highest matters and the deepest questions of truth, justice, virtue, and beauty.
Optima Classical Academy will train students to be stewards of the Western Tradition and the pillars of a free society. We believe that the diffusion of knowledge is essential to this goal. Therefore, our objective is to provide a broad and expansive education, not geared toward a specific trade, profession, or skill set, but one that aims at understanding the highest matters and the deepest questions of Truth, Justice, Virtue, and Beauty.
Where possible, we believe that we must engage those ideas and those principles in the original texts which have both intrinsic worth and beauty and are worthy of study and contemplation in and of themselves. We accomplish this objective through a classical, great books curriculum designed to engage the student in the ideas and principles of our founding.