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The Classical Academy (TCA) is the largest K—12th grade charter public school in Colorado. Launched in 1997 with 400 students, TCA currently enrolls 3600+ students on three campuses in seven school with one vision. TCA alone is larger than 75% of the public school districts in Colorado. In 2014 the Colorado Department of Education awarded every TCA school (elementary, junior high, high school and College Pathways) the John Irwin Award for Academic Excellence—an award given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. According to U.S. News and World Report (2016), TCA High School was ranked #10 of all Colorado public high schools and ranked #368 nationally out of 21,000 high schools. Additionally, Newsweek ranked TCA High School #3 in Colorado and College Pathways #4 in Colorado. All schools ranked in the top 15% by Colorado Grades Schools, a coalition of 18 community organizations whose mission is to grade Colorado schools.
The TCA High School and College Pathways Program also received The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for demonstrating exceptional student growth. These awards underscore the strength of TCA’s K-12th grade program—a program that provides a consistently excellent foundation for life-long learning. While student academic performance results are indicators of excellence, TCA’s core values provide additional measures that emphasize the growth of the whole person—mind, body, and spirit.
Parents look to TCA as a skilled and passionate partner in the educational journey of their school-age children--a journey toward becoming thoughtful, virtuous, and wise individuals, today and tomorrow. Within this values-centered learning community, TCA's dedicated faculty cultivates and unleashes the natural curiosity of learners through a stimulating, classically inspired curriculum. We are a relational learning community committed to the following endeavors:
- Growing the whole person developing habits of mind, body, and spirit
- Passionately pursuing the highest ideals: wisdom, virtue, and compassion
- Valuing the K-12th grade experience; providing opportunity for students to experience the “seasons” of education together
- Engaging with rich academic content and the world of ideas in a way that invites relationship and encourages student voice—thus, valuing small class size
- Guiding students’ learning experience to engage their minds through thoughtful questioning
TCA is a vibrant educational community where parents and faculty partner together to nurture “exemplary citizens.” Parents are invited to share their resources—time, talent, and treasure—to strengthen and sustain this extraordinary school. Typically parents volunteer over 35,000 hours annually.
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“TCA is the reason my family has chosen to make our home in Colorado Springs.” Shari Bouldin, TCA Elementary School Parent
The Classical Academy is a public charter school, accredited through Academy District 20. More information about Academy District 20’s accreditation process can be found at: Accountability & Accreditation | Academy District 20 (asd20.org).