The Hillsdale College K-12 Education Office's mission is to promote the founding of classical schools, and excellence in their teaching and operations, so that American students may be educated in the liberal arts and sciences and receive instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue. In pursuit of this mission, the K-12 Education Office focuses on five areas: board governance, school leadership, curriculum, classroom instruction, and school culture. We collaborate with parents, teachers, school leaders, board members, and policy makers to found and support a nationwide network of classical schools that revive the American tradition of K-12 education.
The schools that work with us are not owned or operated by the College. Instead we serve as advisors. Our primary work is in providing advice to school founding projects and, after their inception, providing teacher and leader support and curriculum to those schools. All assistance is given free of charge to schools and school founding groups.
Our network consists of over 50 affiliated classical schools across the country. Hillsdale's Member Schools provide an education that is both classical and American in its orientation; one that is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, offers a firm grounding in civic virtue, and cultivates moral character.
Enrollment in Hillsdale Member Schools
Students on waitlists for Hillsdale Member Schools
Hillsdale Classical Schools Across the Nation
Hillsdale College affiliated classical schools receive the K-12 Program Guide through a free license. The K-12 Program Guide provides a scope of the topics to be taught, a sequence in which to teach them, and a complement of vetted and reviewed books, primary sources, and other resources for teachers and students using the guide.
The K-12 Program Guide is unique in offering a comprehensive plan of instruction from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Guided by the liberal arts, and produced by the Hillsdale College faculty and master teachers in Hillsdale's affiliated schools, the curriculum follows stages of learning appropriate to students' development and a spiraling structure that allows for recurrent examination of subjects throughout a student's career. Graduates are well prepared intellectually, morally, and civically, regardless of their future vocations.
99% | 86%
Hillsdale Member Schools vs. national average 4-year graduation rate
63% | 44%
Hillsdale Member Schools vs. national average 4-year college placement
1138 | 1060
Hillsdale Member Schools vs. national average SAT scores
K-12 Curriculum Overview
Hillsdale College is a teaching institution, and our K-12 team is no different. In addition to curriculum, we provide additional support to our Member Schools to take them through the founding process and ongoing support thereafter. Below are a few of the key ways we provide this support:
Professional development hours provided last year
Teachers instructed at New School Training
Master teachers from across the network
The Barney Charter School Initiative
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.