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San Luis Obispo Classical Academy

Private | PK-12 | 250 students

Our school is best known for the rich educational model and our hybrid approach.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $418,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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Posted October 22, 2013

Great school. We love the classroom-homeschool hybrid approach. Our son's teacher AMAZING. She connects well with all the students and makes learning both challenging and fun. We also love the classical approach the school takes. Our son wakes US up every school day and lays his clothes out the night before. He loves it and we love it too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

New school for us, and we love it. I love the hybrid classroom/homeschool model, and love being actively involved in my children's learning. It's not always easy, but the effort is worth it. My daughters love going to class, think their teacher is awesome (I do, too!) and always have lots to tell me about what they learned. I am very glad this is the choice we made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

I think the school is phenomenal. I have firmly claimed that what makes it a wonderfully enriching experience for my family is that I am a pragmatist, not a perfectionist. I am looking to build on what's working, not create an unrealistic standard to do every possible thing to perfection. We read aloud more. My daughter's handwriting has improved for the first time since second grade. She is developing into a brilliant writer. We talk about how history connects with today. I am still terrible at math, and this part is not my favorite, but we are finding solutions. It is the most well thought out school I have been a part of, and we are thankful every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

An excellent school. My child has thrived here academically and socially. The teachers are outstanding, as are the books and curriculum. I feel that my child is getting a very rich and deep academic experience that will benefit her throughout her life. I love that she is studying Latin and classical literature. She comes home each school day with many interesting things to share with the family. The parent community is committed and involved. Overall, a very positive experience for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

Going to SLOCA is the best decision our family has made! The best decision our family has made! This school's way of learning (classical) brought us closer together, enriched our discussions. Brought history to life through science, literature, art and other ways! We LOVE history and the richness of it, the lessons we learn from it and how we handle ourselves today! WE LOVE THIS SCHOOL, but be forewarned, it's hard work. You get out of it what you put into it, but the results can and will be AMAZING!!!! Thank you SLOCA!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

Having researched the Classical Approach, I found this school to be one of the only schools to actually teach it. I must say though, it was a bit overwhelming going through a year of this school. It was very demanding, and at times very intimidating. As a newer parent, I felt way over my head with the curriculum, parent demands, and also learning how to teach my own child. The "old timers", the ones that had been there from the beginning and helped create it. felt right at home, but the new parents were stressed out. This school was not comfortable unless you had been here for a few years or more. This school is great, but there is no let up to breathe! The emails to read, grids to follow and mandatory parental meetings are at a heavy pace. This will be your entire life, no trips, weekends off, etc. The payoff is great though. Your child will learn a lot, and realize how much potential they really have. However, it is very hard to be a newcomer. Realize that you will have information overload and it comes with a cost... tuition. Yes, tuition, plus books, plus donations of additional monies at least twice a year. Parents, get ready to work at this school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

We moved over to SLOCA after two years in public school. There is no comparison. The classrooms are small, only 14 students per teacher. The teachers are enthusiastic and work together as a team guided by a strong leadership with a solid vision. This is a school where parents are intimately involved, and this has been wonderful for our family. I was the only parent in my child's public school classroom that wanted to be involved and was only able to do so in a limited manner. So, if you are excited to be a part of your child's education, this is a wonderful fit. Most parents who stay with Sloca are the involved ones, as this is not a school to drop off your kids and forget them. It meets the needs of parents who want more involvement, but who also enjoy the community and support that they may not have as accessible with straight homeschooling. There are lots of opportunities for extra-curricular activities such as Academy Classes which provide a fun, light hearted, low commitment environment in which to sample a wide variety of different activities such as fencing, photography, karate, city planning, recorder, film making, guitar, felting, etc. VERY SATISFIED!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

We have been at SLOCA for 5 years. It is an incredible school with teachers, staff, and parents that go above and beyond to support the SLOCA community. I have put two other children through public school and I have never received even close to the amount of support I receive at SLOCA over and over. To be part of SLOCA, you must be willing to be part of a commitment to excellence, commitment to communication, and commitment to student first. At SLOCA, students of all types thrive, parents thrive, and teachers and staff thrive. The leadership at this school work tirelessly to ensure that the students have the best learning experience that can possibly be provided. SLOCA students love to learn - SLOCA families love to learn!


Posted May 30, 2012

SLO Classical Academy has offered our children a very rich learning experience. Small classroom sizes, literature based curriculum, teachers that go above and beyond to provide our children hands on learning. Yes, the school is not free - you pay for what you get. Our tuition dollars are providing my children an experience that is challenging, engaging and pushes them towards excellence. The administration truly puts their heart and soul into our school and it shows - most are parents of students enrolled so they are invested personally. They are continually trying to improve and actually listen to parental input by having surveys at the end of each trimester. Five stars all the way. But don't take my word for it come take a tour!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2012

There is some good and some bad in all schools. Been here for 5 years. What has worked for one child doesn't work for the other ones. I admit I've witnessed a rapid decline in this schools overall goals during the past year and a half. Their "talks" are not very efficient at painting a true picture of what it takes to educate in this way. Don't be fooled! As a parent you'll have very little downtime with lots of expectations put on you to "help out." The other academic classes that are not typically found in a traditional school may seem adventurous and great for some. However, keep in mind that this may stress out a child. I've also found that in the lower grades the feedback from teachers is not done often enough or immediately enough. Don't be fooled by the academy class Friday time either. The majority of them are not designed to function as a mastery class. They are only 8 weeks long and they repeat skills instead of stepping it up throughout the year. Not much money and time left over for other effective fine arts instruction. Many resources to doing proper classical education at home! Looking forward to next year when we can finally do this and not be tied down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

We have been at SLO Classical Academy for over 5 years, and it grows better with each passing year. Our children are in small classes (no more than 14), and they are known by their teachers. I feel such a sense of partnership with the wonderful teachers, and I know that my children are receiving a top-notch education. The creativity and passion that goes into the running of this school amazes me. It is obvious that everyone who works there has a real love for our children and a desire to help them succeed. My children have created lasting friendships, and we as parents have a fantastic support network and an encouraging community of like-minded families, all working together to build a love for learning among our kids. It's working. Come check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

We are blessed to be attending SLOCA! This hybrid education gives our family the best of everything - incredible classroom instructors and the opportunity for home school days with Mom and Dad and our family and friends. We could not be more thrilled with this school! We have relaxing time at home and the opportunity for socializing with peers and for extracurricular activities that we love. In just two short years, our child has created lifelong friendships. He loves to go to school and to spend time with his friends on the home days. The curriculum is challenging and rich and FUN! Parents are dedicated, friendly and welcoming. Our child is thriving in this environment and we are incredibly grateful for his continued success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

Incredible school! I appreciate being involved in my children's education and value being in a community with others who are living the same thing. The families are wonderful and my children have great friends! Academically, the curriculum is full of great books, hands-on projects, all kinds of art, writing stories, making their own books, putting on puppet shows, re-enacting Shakespeare plays, literature discussions... many creative ways to bring learning to life. The class sizes are small (14 students!) so students are known and encouraged. I appreciate that most of the staff are also parents at the school and just as involved in living as in administering this rich education. I know decisions are carefully considered because anytime I have questions, someone is eager to explain the reasons behind the decisions. As another parent has said - this is one of the most well-thought out schools. As a private school, there is tuition, but it is worth every penny because I know that what my children are gaining now will also serve them well in the long run. My children love to learn, find school engaging and we are in a community of others who do so as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2012

Terrible administration with no one leading by example. They consistently make hasty choices without parent and teacher feedback. What began as a beautiful idea is now crumbling. School has gotten too much of an EGO and has forgotten their way. Instead of driving children to love learning, they are cramming over-the-top, highly cerebral curriculum down their throats. They have also done away with their anti-bully model and allow terrible things to happen to other children without recourse. Great teachers do happen to be here if you're lucky enough to get one that has stayed on for more than 2 years. The turn around is ridiculous. My child had two new teachers come in mid-year two years in a row! Parents are exhausted with all that is being asked of them and now they decide to raise tuition? Crazy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

This hybrid school has regular classes two days a week and three days of home schooling. The teachers cannot be better! They are dedicated, passionate, and life long learners. Families are committed to spending quality time together, as well as using this most excellent, history based curriculum to learn together. There is never a dull or wasted moment in class, as students explore learning in incredibly unique and engaging ways with projects, acting out history, writing that is creative. Every book that our two children have read is literature that we want to keep in our home library, as they are rich in vocabulary and beautifully written and illustrated. The Singapore Math recently incorporated focuses on critical thinking. This is one dynamic school! We are pleased to be a part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

Love it! My 1st and 2nd grade boys are thriving and learning way more than I did at that age, especially history!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

What we love about SLOCA - small class sizes, the wonderful literature, the hands-on projects, the families and community, the enrichment opportunities, and the teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2009

we came from a reputable, public school and found that not only was the caliber of teachers at SLO Classical Academy AMAZING, but with all the parent participation, the school is thriving as well as my child! Great families and phenomenal support. Loving it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

My daughter is thriving since we moved her to SLO Classical Academy. She is learning how to think and work independently and is excited about the interesting and challenging projects that are assigned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

We love SLOCA! Teachers are dedicated and wonderful, families are amazing and involved, children are motivated and exited! Wonderful small class sizes, individualized and interesting curriculum, incredible learning experiences every day. Part time homeschool, part-time school, the best of both worlds :)
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 82%
Two or more races 10%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 2%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Susie Theule
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (805) 548-8701

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-aged
  • Supports home-based learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
50
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
54

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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165 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Phone: (805) 548-8700

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