A School for the Republic
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson
America's commitment to self-government requires educated citizens. The goal of a classical education is to instill two virtues of great importance to our republic: wisdom and eloquence. Through broad study of the liberal arts and sciences, students will learn to see what is timeless and universal in human nature and human institutions. Reading old books as well as new, students will engage in "The Great Conversation" with thinkers throughout history, and be challenged to move beyond immediate experience and contemporary concerns to gain an abiding appreciation of the true, the good, and the beautiful in life. These fruits of a classical education lead to the highest outcome--wisdom--the knowledge of the world, well-developed ideals of what should be, and the character to act accordingly.
Democracy requires persuading others, which is why students must also acquire eloquence. It is not enough to have a view of the true, the good, and the beautiful--citizens must be able to convey their perspective to others and engage in civil discourse to maintain and advance the republic. Challenged to work with original sources and to defend a point of view using logic, students will develop their rhetorical skills at a young age and continue to hone them throughout their education. By studying and articulating ideas about government from Plato to John Locke and beyond, our students learn the principles of American politics that enable statesmanship.
Opening in 2013, the Frederick Classical Charter school is a public school that offers well-rounded, liberal arts and science content through instructional approaches based on solid research. The instructional program we plan to offer is usually only available to private school and home school students, but will be available to all Frederick County students from grades K-8 for no tuition. Registration for the lottery is now closed; the lottery was held on March 5, 2013. You may still apply for enrollment in the school, but you will be placed at the end of the wait list. We are not accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year until 2014. In the meantime, you may want to register for updates to get email reminders about the next lottery and other upcoming events.
What is a Charter School?
A "charter school" is a public school that is given the freedom to implement a different approach to education than the regular public schools. Charter schools are not religious, and do not screen applicants in any way. There is no tuition. Parents who would like their children to attend submit an application. If there are more applications than there are slots available, a public lottery is held to randomly choose students. Currently, there are over 5,400 charter schools in America, serving over 1.7 million students.