San Luis Obispo Classical Academy

Tel: (805)548-8700
Grades: PK-12 | 292 students
The mission at San Luis Obispo Classical Academy is to be a community that forges character, fosters wisdom and nurtures a lifelong passion for learning.
SLOCA's mission is the central guiding post in all we do at Classical Academy.
From curricular choices, to classroom activities, to interactions on the playground.
Our mission is at the forefront of decisions.
The community behind this mission is defined by determination, creativity, and a desire to continue learning together at all times.
We see ourselves as a team serving the sole purpose of capturing the minds and hearts of our children as we prepare them uniquely to be our future leaders.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Programs Supported Yes
Year Founded 2005

Student Body

Total Students 292 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade San Luis Obispo Classical Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 14 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Dress Code)

Finances and Admission

Tuition Notes See Website (varies by level and days attended)
Admissions Director Amy Calloway
Admissions Associate Lisa Boyd


Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Destination Imagination, Hanging Lantern Literary Review, Running Club, Student Council Running Club, Destination Imagination,
Hanging Lantern Literary Review,
Student Council,

School Notes:

  • SLO Classical Academy partners with parents to reach the minds, hearts and souls of young people through a rich, solid education and a dynamic, supportive community.  Classical Education is a foreign concept to many in this modern age even though it has been the method and philosophy of education that has trained many of the greatest minds for over two millennia. The essence of Classical Education is multi-faceted. At SLO Classical Academy we view Classical Education as a method of education that emphasizes the forging of character, the fostering of wisdom, and the nurturing of a lifelong love of learning. To accomplish this we apply the tools of learning that have formed these great minds for so many years. 
  • One commonly agreed-upon element of classical education is that a student’s learning progresses through three stages of the Trivium:  grammar, logic/dialectic, and rhetoric. These stages are loosely divided by developmental levels through which all children progress. TheTrivium can also be viewed as modes for learning any concept. First a child or adult must learn the grammar or fundamentals of the subject or skill being learned. After mastering the grammar, the individual is able to fit the concepts together logically in the logic stage. Lastly, the student is able to move from the logical ordering of the subject to the beautiful and winsome expression of the related ideas. A well-developed mind is able to utilize these learning strategies to approach any subject, skill, or new idea with confidence that mastery is attainable through the wise application of the Trivium. Because the Trivium aligns with the developmental growth of the individual, a classical education is most fruitful when it is started early and continued through high school. There are certain skills, knowledge, and dispositions that require maturity. Therefore, SLO Classical Academy has developed a Junior Kindergarten through high school education for developing a fully-prepared young person. While our full program is the ideal, we have found that students who join along the path still find great benefits and are able to thrive. 
  • We recently asked our parents why THEY love SLO Classical Academy.  Top 20 answers are on the board... 
  • 1. The quality of time we get to spend with our kids today — while we can!
  • 2. A community of parents who all really care about their kids' education. 
  • 3. No one is a slacker!
  • 4. Small class sizes!
  • 5. Teachers who really care about our kids; teachers who make each student feel special.
  • 6. Emphasis on character development.
  • 7. Learning alongside our children as we are doing schoolwork!
  • 8. Creative assignments and excellent curriculum.
  • 9. Superior education.
  • 10. Books the parents love reading as much as the children and getting an education along with the kids!
  • 11. They encourage creativity and individualizing the educational experience.
  • 12. Students are studying the same subject matter at different grade levels, so it stimulates family discussion.
  • 13. The opportunity to learn Latin!
  • 14. Incredible home school support system and training.
  • 15. Not teaching to standardized tests/no grades (until HS) — just focus on progress and potential.
  • 16. Knowing what my child is being taught in school.
  • 17. Overwhelming sense of family/community.
  • 18. Having a voice.
  • 19. Respectful children.
  • 20. Beautiful art projects! 
  • What reasons resonate with YOU?

Profile last updated: 02/10/2014

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School (1.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Old Mission School (1.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Old Mission School (1.2 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Luis Obispo
    Grades: 9-12 | 380 students
    1.2 miles
    682 Palm Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • San Luis Obispo
    Old Mission School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 383 students
    1.2 miles
    761 Broad Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • San Luis Obispo
    Grades: K-6 | 47 students
    1.4 miles
    2075 Johnson Avenue
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • San Luis Obispo
    Slo Christian Academy
    Alternative School (Baptist)
    Grades: 1-11 | 8 students
    2.2 miles
    51 W Foothill Blvd
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
  • San Luis Obispo
    Grades: NS-8 | 131 students
    3.3 miles
    880 Laureate Ln
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

School Reviews

We are fortunate to be a part of this vibrant, dedicated community. There is such a close knit, inviting group of parents and teachers at this school. We have attended this school for 7 years after being in public school and appreciate the depth and breadth of the meaningful classical education as well as the commitment of the leadership.
- Posted by Parent, 04/12/13

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