Great Hearts is a premier, nonprofit network of K-12 charter schools providing an exceptional education for all families. The classical, liberal arts curriculum, once reserved for the elite few at expensive private schools, is now available at our open-enrollment and tuition-free academies. Since its inception in 2003, Great Hearts has grown from serving 300 students at one academy in Phoenix, Arizona to serving 17,000 students at 29 academies across Phoenix, San Antonio, and Dallas-Ft. Worth. By studying the great books of western culture in the classroom and participating in extra-curricular athletic programs and fine arts offerings, students receive a relevant educational experience that encourages them to be well-rounded, critical-thinking, and mature graduates. We prepare students to be more than proficient test-takers, but rather, to be free citizens: capable of innovation and leadership in any field in which they choose to endeavor.
T.W. Lewis Foundation Support
T.W. Lewis Foundation partnered with the Great Hearts Foundation as the inaugural sponsor for the Institute for Classical Education providing support for the first fellows, as well as publications, policy work, and the 1st annual conference (Symposium) produced by the Institute. As the initial sponsor of the Institute, T.W. Lewis Foundation recognized the importance of renewing interest in K-12 education that is infused with the intellectual, moral, and civic virtues for a healthy society.
"Transformation" and "reform" are terms used too often in K-12 education, as mostly it is the "form" of education that has been neglected. The Institute for Classical Education can recapture that timeless form of what educating young people really means--and fix it firmly in the American mind.
--Dr. David Bobb, president of the Bill of Rights Institute and Advisor to the Institute for Classical Education
The classical educational model is exactly what America needs, at a time when civic education and the ability to take a long-term view of the country and its culture are social and educational priorities. The Institute for Classical Education seeks to spread the success of classical education to a broader arena of public and private schools, and also seeks to link the Institute to the arenas of higher education and America's broader public debates about education, freedom, economic prosperity, and civic character. Supporting these efforts would be a very wise investment.
--Dr. Paul Carrese, founding director of Arizona State University's School for Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and Advisor to the Institute for Classical Education