Hillsdale Academy is an independent, classical K-12 day school located at One Academy Lane on the campus of Hillsdale College. In 1990, Hillsdale Academy opened its doors to 45 students in grades K-8. Today, it serves students in grades K-12; current enrollment is 186. The Academy program has gained national acclaim. Under the auspices of Hillsdale College, the Academy bases its curriculum on a solid grounding in fundamental academic skills, an exploration of the arts and sciences and an understanding of the foundational tenets of our Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage.
Administrators from Hillsdale College established Hillsdale Academy with three primary objectives: one, to teach children the skills to be productive citizens; two, to nurture in them the moral qualities and habits of mind that they need to be good citizens; and three, to provide America with an educational model that can be useful nationwide.
A rigorous course of study is combined with the strong conviction that the biblical and classical virtues are necessary in the formation of the American citizen. Indeed, the school was established out of the conviction that modern American education was in need of profound reform.
In the Lower School (K-8), students are taught math, reading, writing, history, geography, science, music and art through traditional instruction. Phonics and a traditional approach to math, including memorization, are among the methods utilized in the Academy classroom. French is required of all students in grades 1-6. Small class sizes ensure personal instruction as well as a “one room schoolhouse” atmosphere.
Upper School students are asked to complete four years of Latin, math, science, literature, and history. Two years of art and music are also required. In grades 7-12, French is offered as an elective. Students in good standing may take courses at Hillsdale College in their junior and senior years. Athletics and other extracurricular activities provide further opportunities for the development of skills as well as opportunities to have fun and build a sense of community.
The school’s stellar performance on standardized tests and in alumni matriculation at excellent colleges and universities gives good evidence that the Hillsdale Model will continue to play an important role in American education.