ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

Running and leading a classical Christian school can be a challenge. Healthy leadership is more important than ever. The Winter Symposium focuses on two critical areas of leadership for every classical school –  Heads and Boards. 

So Board members and Heads of School, escape the winter blues and join us this winter in Atlanta. Come away equipped and encouraged to tackle challenges back home. 

Registration opens soon for SCL’s 2023 Winter Symposium!

 

GROWTH

The classical Christian school movement has experienced explosive growth over the last few years, especially since Covid. As a result, many schools are expanding not only their enrollment, but also their facilities, programming, and infrastructure. This time in the life of a school is both pivotal and complicated. 

QUESTIONS

Parents and long-standing teachers will begin to wonder what will happen to the school, its culture, and its identity. They will start asking questions. Will growth diminish the quality of our academic program? Will we lose our close, family-like community?  Will programs inordinately shape the culture in a negative way? What will happen to our traditions? Will tuition increase? How will we ever raise enough money to sustain the school for the long-term? Will we end up like the secular private school down the road?

THRIVING

For Boards and Heads, navigating the institutional and relational dynamics during seasons of growth requires keen self-awareness, vision, business savvy, as well as patience and wisdom. At this year’s Symposium, we will explore ways to shepherd the growth of your school so you retain the integrity of your mission and ensure your school thrives.

WORKGROUP SESSIONS

We will talk in groups about where you are in your stage of development and how you can shepherd change. This is a vital time to actually think and work through your school’s current state of affairs. When available, representatives from the same school will stay together to work through questions, prompts, and problems posed by the facilitator. This is a pivotal time rarely available in the busy life of school leaders to focus and think through key questions and strategies.

SPEAKERS

Eric Cook

President

Society for Classical Learning

Peter Hansen

Head of School

Trinity Christian Academy Lexington

Christopher Miller

Urban Architect

Glavé and Holmes
& Gordon College

John Niehls

Head of School

Coventry Christian Schools

Robert Littlejohn

Head of School

The Covenant School of Dallas

Leslie Moeller

Board Chair

Society for Classical Learning

Keith Nix

Head of School

Veritas School

SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION

MEMBER TICKET

$ 299
  • Regular Price: $339
  • Early-bird pricing ends January 13
  • Friday reception and dinner plans coming soon!
Early-Bird

NON-MEMBER TICKET

$ 329
  • Regular Price: $369
  • Early-bird pricing ends January 13
  • Friday reception and dinner plans coming soon!
Early-Bird

WHERE TO STAY

Find us at the heart of Atlanta’s Arts District, within two miles of Piedmont Park and midtown attractions. Enjoy free Canopy Bikes to discover the neighborhood, including the High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, all within a half-mile. We’re dog-friendly and offer a 24-hour fitness center and all-day restaurant.

Hotel Phone: (800) 445-8667

Phone Bookings: Rooms can also be booked via phone by mentioning Society for Classical Learning and providing the Group Code (SOCIET).

THE DEADLINE FOR GROUP RATE IS JANUARY 8!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This year our sessions will explore the complexities that surround school growth and what it takes to lead these schools with topics including:

  • Institutional Growth and Change
  • Growing Head Leadership with Your School
  • Building Your Team
  • Case Study
  • The Science and Art of Master Planning
  • Making School Beautiful: Campus Design and Aesthetics
  • Growing a Mature Governance Model
  • Growing Your Financial Model
  • Workgroup Session

All Symposium sessions will be held on the beautiful campus of Heritage Preparatory School at 1700 Piedmont Avenue in the Buckhead commercial and residential district of Atlanta.

The hotel options are 3-4 miles from the event venue at Heritage Preparatory School. The drive during light traffic is 8-10 minutes. A Lyft or Uber is approximately $12-14.

This is ultimately up to you. Sharing Uber rides and rides with those who are driving to the event can often work well. Of course, renting your own vehicle will offer you more freedom in choosing when you come and go. If you are interested in sharing a ride, let us know.

The dress code is business or smart casual. Most attendees are a bit more casual on Saturday as they check out and prepare for flights home.

Friday evening we will offer a reception with drinks and hors d’oeurves at the hotel or the event venue. Dinner is on your own, but attendees generally dine together, and we would like to coordinate this effort so everyone can be together. We are finalizing options here.

Have Questions?

Email Marissa Yanaga, SCL Executive Assistant