Classical Schools in Tucson

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Searching for a classical school in Tucson for your child or teen? You've come to the right place! We've put together a comprehensive guide to assist you in finding a school that is the right fit for your family.

What exactly is a classical school?

Classical Academic Press puts it this way, "Classical education is like a very large museum with many beautiful, wonder-filled rooms that could be studied over a lifetime. It is a long tradition of education that has emphasized the seeking after of truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. The classical approach teaches students how to learn and how to think."

Classical education has three specific stages of instruction and development:

  1. Grammar Stage: focuses on learning facts and laying the foundations for advanced study
  2. Logic Stage: teaches students to reason out the relationships between facts and think through arguments
  3. Rhetoric Stage: focuses on wise and persuasive use of facts and arguments through speech and writing

Students who attend a classical school are typically enrolled in highly rigorous academic coursework including grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, composition, sciences, music, and art. Classical students also typically study Latin.

How many classical schools are there in Tucson?

There are four classical schools in the Tucson metro area.

Are classical schools free in Tucson?

Classical schools can be public schools (free), charter schools (free), private schools (tuition-based), or Christian schools (tuition-based).

What questions should I ask on a school tour?

All of the classical schools in Tucson have stellar academic reputations and offer rigorous, college-prep programs.

Here are ten questions you may want to ask on your tour or at an info night:

  1. Do you require an admissions assessment/exam? If so, what subjects will be covered and how are course placements determined?
  2. Who will be my child's teacher and what credentials/experience does he/she have?
  3. Have all teachers been background-checked? Does the screening process apply to all employees (janitors, lunchroom staff, security personnel, bus drivers, etc.)?
  4. How much “screen time” (iPads, computers, etc) is part of the day, if any?
  5. What curriculum do you use for each subject?
  6. How much homework is required on a typical school night?
  7. What is your policy regarding cell phone use on-campus?
  8. Tell us about the extracurricular and athletic opportunities at this school.
  9. What is the average class size?
  10. What makes this school special?

If you are considering enrolling in a classical school at the high school level, be sure to also ask for a copy of the School Profile, which is a one page sheet that includes information about the school's curriculum, community, and scholar accomplishments.

What is the best classical school in Tucson?

Great question! All of the classical schools in Tucson are impressive and it’s hard to pinpoint just one. Each school has a unique community, curriculum, and focus.

The best way to find a classical school in Tucson is to ask friends and family members for recommendations. You can also check yelp and google reviews. Finally, don't be shy about scheduling tours at several different schools so that you can make an informed decision.

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