In the early 1960s, a determined group of like-minded parents, dismayed by what they saw in traditional public schools, gathered to discuss the possibility of starting their own school. Thanks to their dedication, perseverance, and courage, the Academy of Basic Education (A.B.E.) was established in 1962.
This school would use traditional methods and texts; students would be encouraged to be free, responsible, individuals; they would be guided by the moral underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian ethic; students would be instilled with a reverence for the ideals embodied in the five stars, Intellect, Heritage, Individuality, Truth and Character; students would be taught by teachers who both loved children and appreciated the freedoms of Western Civilization; and parents would always be respected as the primary educator in the Academy triangle.
At the foundation of the Academy was a profound belief in the value of a classical education. The goal of this approach is to teach students how to learn and how to think.
As part of that process, classical education emphasizes the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books.
Throughout history, this kind of education has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, educators, and musicians over the centuries.
We are proud to say the philosophical underpinnings of Classical Education continue to guide the thinking behind our academic program.
Please see the detailed Curriculum Guide
to learn how we put Classical Education into action.