Classical Education .
The fastest growing, A-Rated charter network in Texas.
Classical Education consists of cognitive, emotional, and moral education—thinking deeply, loving noble things, and living well together.
About Great Hearts
Great Hearts Texas is a network of tuition-free public schools dedicated to improving public education in the Lone Star State. With a curriculum built upon a classical, liberal arts tradition and the Great Books, our revolutionary approach to public school transforms students by cultivating their hearts and minds in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
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Our story began 20 years ago
with a belief that public education could do better and that a classical, liberal arts education should not be kept behind the walls of expensive private schools. Great Hearts Texas is part of the prestigious Great Hearts America non-profit network of academies serving families in Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, and soon, Florida. Our story begins over 20 years ago with our first academy in a leased space in Phoenix, Arizona. We now serve over 26,000 scholars and are the largest and highest-performing network of classical schools in the country. In 2014, we founded Great Hearts Texas, opening our first public charter school in the state – Great Hearts Monte Vista in San Antonio.
Eight years later, we now serve over 10,000 Texas scholars across ten brick and mortar campuses along with Great Hearts Online, which offers our one-of-a-kind program to families regardless of location.
We exist to serve the family, to cultivate virtue, and to lead the way in public education.
We partner with parents, who are the primary educators of their children. Our vision is to cultivate virtue, the original purpose of Western education. And as the fastest-growing, A-Rated charter network in Texas, we are bringing about a classical education renaissance in Texas.
Engage and Reflect
At Great Hearts, we believe, too, in technology and its many brilliant applications. However, our students leave their cell phones behind during the day so they can engage in reflection and conversation. We think carefully of when screens are presented so scholars can engage one another face to face first, recognizing the inherent value of the human beings in front of them. More and more colleges and employers today want graduates and employees who can see the big picture; who can listen, write and speak well; and who have strong character. The value of a classical, liberal arts education stands out today more than ever.
Why Classical Education?
In our fast-paced, digital world we have an ocean of information – and misinformation at our fingertips. An education for the 21st century must give students the ability to develop a keen eye and ear for what’s true and what matters. We could call this critical thinking, but when aligned to the search for truth, the ancients called this form of knowing wisdom.
Socrates said, “Wisdom begins in wonder.” At Great Hearts, we use the Socratic method to unleash our students’ sense of wonder, while simultaneously developing their capacity for deep reflection, problem-solving, and a taste for the true, the good and the beautiful. They contemplate: How does this area of knowledge relate to our well-being? To justice? The common good? How do the means relate to the end?
This form of study is not reserved just for the humanities but also applies to math and science. By first becoming captured by the beauty of mathematics, for instance, students find the eventual application of the subject all the more profound.
Every January, Great Hearts takes the names of every family who has filled out an application for the following school year and enters them in a lottery.
The lottery selects names at random who will be offered available seats at the campuses of their choice.
To become a part of the lottery, parents must fill out an application during our Open Enrollment period, which runs from November 1 – November 30.
We still accept applications after Open Enrollment, but any applications submitted after November 30 will not be included in our Lottery.
You may still be able to obtain a seat for the coming school year, but your application will place you on a waitlist.