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Ascent Classical Academy Opening Fall 2018 in Castle Rock

Wednesday, March 14, 2018  
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Ascent Classical Academy Opening Fall 2018 in Castle Rock


CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County, a K-12 charter public school offering a tuition-free classical education, announces its opening in Castle Rock for the 2018-2019 school year. Ascent will occupy a new 10-acre school facility currently under construction in The Meadows, to be completed in July in time for classes to begin on September 4th.  Ascent will teach American Classical Education and support 500 students from Kindergarten to high school. 


As we look forward to our inaugural year and see the building going up, more than one kind of building is taking place.  Steadily, a great faculty of knowledgeable teachers is being built: teachers who want to lead your children into a world of good and true and beautiful things.  What is more, your children are--whether they know it or not--longing for that journey,” said Dr. T. O. Moore, founding principal of Ascent Classical.


Opening with students from kindergarten through 10th grade, and expanding to 12th grade during the following two years, the projected enrollment for the first year is just over 500 students. Parents interested in sending their children to Ascent Classical are encouraged to apply online.


Ascent will follow a robust curriculum in the American classical tradition.  In the elementary school students will be taught explicit phonics in spelling and reading; grammar; the Core Knowledge sequence (not to be confused with Common Core) in literature, history, and science; Singapore math; and Latin vocabulary.  Formal Latin is taught from the sixth to the eighth grades, and another year of Latin is required in the high school.  The reading of great literature guided by Socratic discussion commences in the elementary school.  Students in the upper-school read and discuss the great books in literature and primary sources in history as well as master both the facts and the concepts in mathematics and the sciences.  The study of art and music is required K-8, and art and music electives are offered in the high school.  More information can be found on the school’s website


Ascent is affiliated with the Barney Charter School Initiative at Hillsdale College, which has a mission to found classical charter schools throughout the nation. Ascent will be a sister school of Golden View Classical Academy in Golden, now in its third year.


“Golden View Classical Academy has been well-received in the community and is in high demand by parents looking for a high quality school option for their child that focuses not just on academics, but the formation of good character and virtue to help prepare young people to flourish in life.  It’s clear parents want more choices like this and we’re glad to build on the success of Golden View to offer a new school in Douglas County,” said Derec Shuler, founder of Golden View Classical Academy and involved in opening Ascent Classical in Douglas County.


To some, a classical education seems counter-intuitive in our modern, technologically dependent world.  Not according to Ascent Classical's principal.  “Jobs do not make the human mind,” says Dr. Moore.  “The human mind makes jobs.  The school’s job is to train the minds of young people using the best things that have been said, thought, done, and discovered over the last two and a half millennia of Western history."  


The Douglas County Board of Education approved Ascent’s charter on August 1, 2017. Ascent has gained strong support from the Douglas County community, achieving 90% enrollment seven months before opening.  The school’s charter status means it is a non-profit, tuition-free and independently operated public school. 


Ascent is currently hiring highly qualified teachers and staff to work in the Douglas County-based school, seeking candidates who have a passion for both teaching and learning. Applications are available online.


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About Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County

Ascent Classical Academy is offering a tuition-free K-12 classical, charter public school to families in Douglas County. The community will finally have one of the highest performing school models to help children flourish and to prepare them to be happy in life. The school will open in the Fall of 2018. For more information visit



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