San Luis Obispo Classical Academy

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.

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San Luis Obispo Classical Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2005

Student Body

Total Students394 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade San Luis Obispo Classical Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Dress Code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesSee Website (varies by level and days attended)
Admissions DirectorAmy Calloway


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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! 
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Luis Obispo
    Grades: NS-12 | 165 students
    3.3 miles
    880 Laureate Ln
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
    (805) 544-2141
    3.3 NS-12
  • San Luis Obispo
    Grades: PK-6 | 92 students
    3.8 miles
    4200 S Higuera St
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805) 544-6691
    3.8 PK-6
  • San Luis Obispo
    Old Mission School
    Old Mission School Photo - Welcome to Old Mission School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 383 students
    1.2 miles
    761 Broad Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805) 543-6019
    1.2 PK-8
  • Angwin
    Grades: K-8 | 88 students
    246.7 miles
    One Angwin Ave.
    Angwin, CA 94508
    (707) 965-2459
    246.7 K-8
  • Arroyo Grande
    Grades: PK-8 | 282 students
    12.2 miles
    900 W Branch St
    Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
    (805) 489-1210
    12.2 PK-8

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.
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