We provide curriculum and training to a growing network of classical educators.

Hillsdale College’s K-12 team reaches a growing network of schools with training and curriculum for teachers, school leaders, and school boards. Started in 2010 with the Barney Charter School Initiative, we are expanding our efforts to include public and private schools, as well as providing curriculum and online resources to homeschool families.

Hillsdale College is a teaching institution, and our K-12 team is no different. Our team provides instruction in five key areas that are essential to the success of private and charter schools:

  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • School Culture


The Classical Classroom

A glimpse inside Hillsdale College's network of classical charter schools across the country.

The Classical Classroom Blog

Strong Growth

The first Hillsdale Member Schools opened in 2012 under the aegis of the Barney Charter School Initiative. Since that time the program has grown by approximately 3 schools and over 1000 students each year to now serve over 20 schools and almost 15,000 students for the 2020-21 school year. We project accelerated growth in 2022 and beyond as we begin to support private schools and homeschool families.


Chart of the year-to-year student enrollment for Hillsdale-supported schools.

Where are Hillsdale College Affiliated Schools?


Hillsdale Classical Schools Across the Nation

Strong Curriculum

Hillsdale College K-12 Curriculum is built on a core of math, science, literature, and history—with robust content beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through high school graduation. In addition to the core subjects, students receive sound instruction in English and foreign languages and in music, art, and physical education. Our comprehensive civics program culminates in year-long courses in philosophy and government for high school seniors.


Strong Instruction

Hillsdale College emphasizes the importance of good instruction, looking to minimize administration (with a greater than 2:1 ratio of teachers to administrative staff among Member Schools) while maximizing content-knowledge and professional development for teachers. Below are a few stats for the 2020-21 school year from our Member Schools.


Total Faculty

Over 1000 teachers support our schools and benefit from our curriculum, resources, and professional development


Hillsdale Alumni

Over 70 Hillsdale Alumni are currently teaching in our network of Member Schools


Faculty Retention

With a strong mission and curriculum, our Member Schools do a good job retaining great teachers


Student to Faculty Ratio

With a low student to faculty ratio, our teachers can focus where it matters—on their students

Strong Performance

Hillsdale Member Schools do not teach to the test—but they still perform well on standardized assessments. Out of more than 200 test takers, our 2020 high school graduates averaged at or above the 73rd percentile on the SAT and ACT college-placement exams.


Contact Us

For questions about affiliated schools or inquiries about how to receive Hillsdale College K-12 support or curriculum, please email us at [email protected].

For other inquiries, please give us a call at (517) 437-7341.

Many of our most frequently asked questions have been answered at our FAQ page.