The Camino Schools is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultural renewal of California through the founding of great schools. The mission of these schools is to collaborate with parents in the intellectual, moral, physical, and spiritual education of their children.
Through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and personal character formation, these schools seek to renew culture by developing children into mature, confident leaders who engage the world with a spirit of freedom, adventure, and service.
The Camino Schools are being founded by families, for families.
In 2021, three families with young children of their own came together with a common vision of establishing a classical liberal arts school intensely focused on forming the whole person. Having grown up in similar schools outside of Orange County, the founders know first-hand the immense riches of a classical liberal arts education and the transformative power of bringing together a community of families with shared vision and values.
Much of the founders’ inspiration has come from similar schools around the country and the world. While no two of the schools listed below are exactly alike, they each share key characteristics that will be foundational elements of the Camino Schools, in particular:
- A curricular and pedagogical approach that is rooted in the classical liberal arts
- A commitment to character formation that is strengthened by a single-sex format in the upper grades, with boys being taught by an all-male faculty and girls being taught by an all-female faculty
- A commitment to the spirit of Opus Dei and the magisterium of the Catholic Church
- Robust communities of parents dedicated to the formation of not only their children, but themselves and their entire families
Click on the links below to explore our model schools.
MARTIN BOLES, HEADMASTER
In 2001, Martin and his wife, Julia, helped to found St. Monica Academy, an independent Catholic classical school for grades 1-12 in Montrose, California. He was on the school’s Board of Directors for 15 years, including serving as its president. Now he teaches American History to high school seniors. Additionally, Martin serves on the board of directors for Christendom College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Front Royal, Virginia.
Professionally, Martin has spent 34 years in the Litigation Department at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, 24 of those as partner. Among other cases, he successfully defended BP against the United States Department of Justice in the trial to quantify the oil spilled after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Martin graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1980 with a degree in geology and did mineral exploration for Kennecott Corporation from 1979 to 1982. He received his JD and MBA degrees from Stanford University in 1986. Martin and Julia have nine children, one of whom, Molly, is one of the founding members of the Camino Schools.
Chris Weir, Executive Director
Chris holds a B.A. and M.A. in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also worked as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Director of First Year Programs from 2001-2005.
From 2005-2017, Chris served as the Director of Admissions, Director of Leadership Development, and Associate Director of Formation at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic high school in Anaheim, CA. While doing research for the founding of the Formation Program at Servite, Chris discovered the nationwide renewal taking place within Catholic education rooted in a rediscovery of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
Prior to joining the Camino Schools, Chris served as the Vice President for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, Assistant Principal and Director of Advancement at Holy Innocents School in Long Beach, and President of Servite High School. He and his wife, Annie, live in Long Beach and have three children, Lizzie, Maggie, and Liam.
Board of Directors
Official Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis
Co-Founder of St. Monica Academy
Board Member of Christendom College
Partner at TWHC
President of JSerra Catholic High School
PhD, Director of Tilden Study Center
Senior Vice President at PIMCO
Former Teacher at JSerra Catholic High School
Senior Vice President of Business Operations & Strategy at Trilon Group
Advancement Operations Consultant at the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Regional Vice President at Succession Capital Alliance
Founder of Cashfana