The Impact of Classical Education vs. Mainstream Options

In light of the recent exponential growth of classical education, many have begun to ask about the tangible results. In other words, aside from a more inspiring vision statement, are the outcomes of the classical approach really any different from those of more conventional schools?

In light of the recent exponential growth of classical education, many have begun to ask about the tangible results. In other words, aside from a more inspiring vision statement, are the outcomes of the classical approach really any different from those of more conventional schools? Two of the leading faith-based classical school networks in the nation recently took up this question and published their results. 

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (of which the Camino Schools is a member school) is dedicated to inspiring and equipping Catholic educators to renew today’s Catholic schools by drawing on the Church’s tradition of education. The Institute’s “The Joy of Education” is a first-of-its-kind research study aimed at understanding and measuring the impact of Catholic schools that are recovering the Church’s tradition in the seven liberal arts. Findings in the study reveal some extraordinary results for Catholic schools that choose to adopt a Catholic liberal arts approach. Learn more and access the full report here.

The Association of Classical Christian Schools is dedicated to promoting, establishing, and equipping member schools that are committed to a classical approach in light of a Christian worldview. In 2018-19, the ACCS commissioned the University of Notre Dame sociology department to conduct a comparative study of 24-42 year old alumni from public, secular private, Catholic, evangelical Christian, religious homeschool, and ACCS (classical Christian) schools, on topics of life-choices, preparation, attitudes, values, opinions, and practices. The research seems to confirm what history has repeatedly demonstrated – classical Christian education can influence the course of a home, a community, or a nation. Learn more and access the full report here

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