Starting a Catholic Classical School

Successful Catholic Classical Schools

Faculty should begin reading and discussing sections of works that explain ideas central to classical education such as “The Lost Tools of Learning,” The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools, articles from Beyond The Test, or (for something more challenging) Stratford Caldecott’s Beauty in the WordAudio downloads from our site or the Circe Institute website can also foster greater faculty understanding of the goals of classical education.

Consider in-service training for all staff, introducing Catholic classical education. Off-site programs include our Conference and Academic Retreats. Though not Catholic, the Circe Institute offers excellent in-service and off-site programs.


Begin looking to fill open staff positions with teachers attracted by the idea of classical education. Post position openings in the education section on, using the keyword “Classical.” Forward notices to the career counselors at colleges that offer serious liberal arts degrees, such as Thomas Aquinas College and Hillsdale College.

Curricular Materials

Memoria Press has pre-packaged curricular materials for each grade level that will ease the transition for k-8 schools. Its curriculum is easily tailored to Catholic classical schools through the use of supplementary materials recommended by the Catholic Classical Schools Project.  Memoria Press can guide you through this process if you call their office.

St. Jerome’s Educational Plan offers excellent guidance for curricular development.

Starting a Catholic Classical School?  We can help! 

Use the resources on this page to help form and promote the next great Catholic classical school.

If your parish or diocesan school wants to move in a classical direction, we have some special transition suggestions for you.