a tuition-free, American classical K-12 education for all Idaho students
We aim to form future citizens who uphold the ideals of the American Founding
Train the Mind
…. morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
Northwest Ordinances, 1787
Improve the Hearts
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
James Madison, 1788
Citizenship is what makes a republic: monarchies can get along without it. What keeps a republic on its legs is good citizenship.
Mark Twain, 1906
To train the minds and improve the hearts of students through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.
To form future citizens who uphold the ideals of our country’s founding and promote the continuation of our American experiment 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.
American Classical Schools of Idaho (ACSI) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that exists to support the startup, growth, and flourishing of Hillsdale College K-12 member schools throughout Idaho. These schools are tuition-free public charter schools open to all interested students and families. ACSI is governed by a board of directors and is staffing up to provide core support services to network schools. ACSI also seeks to attract philanthropic support in order to promote growth in and assist network schools.
An American classical education is: (1) grounded in human nature—nurturing children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder, (2) rich in content—providing a true liberal arts and science education, (3) concerned with moral formation—cultivating a foundation built on habituating good character, and (4) thoughtfully patriotic—encouraging civic virtue and growing future citizens.
ACSI partners with the Barney Charter School Initiative at Hillsdale College to receive free academic, curricular, and pedagogical support. ACSI schools are generously supported by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation for school leader fellowships, facility development, and no-fee consultation across a variety of functions.
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