Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2024

This application will serve as an official registration. Ohio Law requires student selection via lottery whenever the quantity of applicants exceeds the available space for that grade level. Siblings of enrolled applicants will automatically be enrolled.  

What is a Classical Education?

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Start Date: August 14, 2024

School Hours: 8:20 am to 3:40 pm

Dropoff and Pickup: 7:50 am to 4:00 pm

Transportation: Your local districts may provide transportation or reimbursement. We’ll work with you and your district in July, 2024, with the registration of others from your area.

Classical education is, above all, the teaching of virtue. It was the prevailing philosophy of education in the West for over 2000 years, from Plato and Aristotle and continuing through the American founding until around the turn of the twentieth century. Classical education values knowledge for its own sake; maintains that truth, beauty and goodness are objective; upholds standards of correctness and excellence; develops moral virtue in its students; and prepares them to be responsible citizens in their political community. For more information, click here.

Community schools, often called charter schools in other states, are public nonprofit, nonsectarian schools that operate independently of any school district but under a contract with an authorized sponsoring entity that is established by statute or approved by the State Board of Education. Community schools are public schools of choice and are state and federally funded.

HOCA will use the Hillsdale College K-12 classical curriculum, which includes:

  • Core Knowledge history and geography
  • Classical literature and philosophy from the Western canon
  • Singapore math
  • Core Knowledge science
  • Explicit grammar and phonics
  • American civics
  • Latin
  • Music and the arts
  • Physical education

A more complete curriculum guide overview is available here.

Any student who resides in Ohio is eligible to enroll in a public community school, space permitting.

Tuition-free schools like Dublin Classical Academy are just like any public school and will not charge students tuition to attend. In Ohio, this funding comes directly from the state, not the local districts.

There are at least three ways that you can help:

  1. Donate – opening a new school requires significant, up-front capital to pay for:
    – Facility lease or purchase and renovations
    – Desks, classroom supplies, and administrative office needs
    – Legal, consulting, and marketing fees
    – Principal and teacher salaries prior to opening
    If you are willing and able to donate or pledge your financial support for the school, please visit the donate page.
  2. Spread the word – let your friends, neighbors and colleagues know about HOCA, including by sending an email to them with a link to our website, so that they can learn more about the school and how to support it.
  3. Volunteer – if you have time and expertise in the field(s) of education, marketing, real estate, finance, or are just a concerned parent or citizen who would like to be more involved in the founding effort, be sure to Contact us and include in your message that you would like to explore ways to become more actively involved.

Pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful.


Attend a Parent Info Event

Learn why choosing a Classical education is the best investment you can make for your child’s development, and receive answers to your questions about our school opening in Fall 2024.