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About Us

Education with purpose

The Society for Classical Learning (SCL) has existed since the mid-1990s to facilitate and encourage thinking and discussion among professionals associated with Christ-centered education in the liberal arts tradition. The Society provides a forum where educators can share wisdom, experience, and ideas as they deepen their understanding of classical theory into everyday, real-world education. The Society is committed to historic Christianity as expressed in the Nicene Creed and to exploring the relationship of Christ to the broader culture.

The Society for Classical Learning exists to foster human flourishing by making classical Christian education thrive

The ancient world has much to offer us today in thinking about how we might best teach and encourage young people toward virtue, wisdom, and truth. The SCL works together with classicists, teachers, and lifelong learners to ensure that the great heritage of Western civilization is preserved, cherished, and handed on to the next generation.

Mission & Vision

we are classical

The SCL is rooted in The Great Tradition, using its wisdom and virtue to raise up the next generation.

We are christian

The SCL is grounded in the historic Christian faith as expressed in the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds.

We Lead leaders

The SCL seeks to be the leader in the classical Christian education movement by focusing on leading leaders.

What if education wasn't first and foremost about what we know, but about what we love?

James K.A. Smith

What We Do

MAKE A START TODAY!

Join a connected community of classical Christian thought leaders, including heads of school, board members, marketing and admissions directors, development and fundraising directors, academic deans, grammar and upper school heads, and teachers. Don’t go it alone!

Get full access to SCL’s Resource Library, containing decades of audio and video recordings with rich content relative to daily life and work in our schools.

Also, receive discounts to all in-person and online events, including the Annual Conference, Fall Retreat, Winter Symposium, and Cohorts.

We are partnering with you to help your school thrive!

Events

The SCL hosts three main events throughout the year, an Annual Conference in June, a Fall Retreat in October, and a Winter Symposium in February.

The Journal

Every issue includes articles focused on different areas of classical education including administration, grammar school, middle and upper school, pedagogy & philosophy, law, and real-world stories.

Resources

The SCL website hosts a variety of quality resources available to its members. The site provides a robust audio and video library, including lectures from SCL conferences and other relevant talks.

Cohorts

Cohorts help connect individuals in the same role as you at classical Christian schools around the country and be mentored by an experienced leader. The focus is on building relationships, sharing ideas, and supporting each other.​

Consulting

Starting in 2021, the SCL is launching a new consulting option for classical Christian school leaders to retool and grow.

BETTER LEADERS MAKE BETTER SCHOOLS

SCL brings more than 20 years of classical Christian experience to assist you and your schools needs.

Fellowships

The Alcuin and Arete Fellowships exist to mentor and train educators and administrators through impactful events, rigorous cohorts, and collaborative research, writing, and study.

Alcuin Fellowship for Educators

This fellowship of educators hosts small retreats to foster collaborative friendships and to enhance our understanding of classical curricula and pedagogy.

Arete Fellowship for Administrators

This fellowship of classical school leaders hosts small retreats in order to foster collaborative relationships, train new Heads of School and purse excellent leadership practices.

THE SCL TEAM

THE SCL TEAM IS COMMITTED TO EQUIPPING AND SUPPORTING SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD THRIVE. MEET OUR BOARD AND EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP.

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