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Great Hearts Institute

Great Heart Institute’s mission is to promote civic and personal virtue through the strengthening and expansion of classical, liberal arts education.

Its vision is to lead the classical education movement by engaging academics, thought leaders, and policymakers in ways

that promote holistic, character-centered education both inside and outside the classical world.

Increase Scholarly Attention Toward Classical Education

At Great Hearts, where you came from doesn’t matter; we’re focused on where you’re going. We are more than a growing charter network. We are a coalition of people committed to bringing the opportunity a classical education affords to children and young adults in communities across the country.

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Increase Classical Education’s Public Awareness, Popularity and Prestige

A truly classical, liberal arts education is the best way to produce well-rounded, thoughtful students whose intellectual capacities for precision, insight, and eloquence are developed through conducting experiments, solving math problems, exploring imaginative worlds, and producing fine art.

Strengthen the Quality of Classical Schools

The Great-Hearted graduate is more than college- or career-ready. Each of our alumni is equipped with the ability to make wise decisions and the character necessary to ensure that everything they do improves their community and our world.

Five interlocking program components allow GHI to engage academics, thought leaders, and policymakers in ways that promote holistic, character-centered education both inside and outside the classical world.

01Publications

Virtue, the flagship publication of Great Hearts Institute, disseminates stories, ideas, research and experiences in classical education to a much broader audience. Its vision is to build a nationwide constituency for classical education by demonstrating the centrality of the classical ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty to a life well lived.

02Fellowships

The Institute promotes classical education to vast audiences through the work of national and international writers, scholars, and researchers. This fellowship program also enriches the work of classical educators by bringing them into regular contact with the best contemporary thinking on a range of subjects.

03Association of Classical Educators

This nonpartisan, nonsectarian professional membership association provides support and leadership for all types of classical educators.

04National Conference on Classical Education

This national conference is open to all in the classical movement and helps to build up that movement’s effectiveness through the sharing of research, ideas, and best practices.

05Policy

The Great Hearts Institute explores the intersection of public policy and classical education, providing timely and actionable research and advice to those engaged in the classical movement.

Virtue is the flagship publication of the Great Hearts Institute. It disseminates stories, ideas, research and experiences in classical education to readers across the nation, helping them pursue the classical ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty.

Subscribing to Virtue’s mailing list is absolutely free. Sign-up today to receive your first copy!


New academies can only be created with substantial philanthropic investment:

At Great Hearts, we believe that a classical education is not only for the privileged few, but for every child, no matter their zip code. We invite you to help us bring a classical education to dozens of additional communities and thousands more children as we aim to bring a Great Hearts education to more than 50,000 students by 2025.

Grateful Hearts

We are honored to partner with a wide range of generous corporations, foundations,

and individual donors in bringing the Great Hearts experience to as many children as possible.

There is no greater social investment than education

New academies can only be created with substantial philanthropic investment. We long to open more school doors to cultivate the hearts and minds of students to pursue Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Please join us in this moral imperative for our country.

Great Hearts provides donors an opportunity to shape a generation of hearts and minds.