Tallahassee Classical School

Tallahassee Classical School is a tuition-free non-profit public charter school, governed by a board of directors. Classes will be taught using the classical model of education, which is focused on the liberal arts. A rigorous classical, great-books curriculum empowers students to apply their learning by cultivating communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills to articulate and apply their knowledge beyond their formal studies.

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Opening Date: Fall 2019

Grades: Kindergarten – 8th, with a grade added every year

First Graduating Class: Spring 2024

Mission:

To train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a content-rich classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.

Vision:

To develop exemplary citizens that are virtuous, thoughtful, articulate, and possess a life-long passion for learning.

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Because they are public schools, they are:

  • Open to all children;
  • Do not charge tuition; and
  • Do not have special entrance requirements.

The core of the charter school model is the belief that public schools should be held accountable for student learning. In exchange for this accountability, school leaders are given autonomy and flexibility to help students achieve and subsequently share what works with the broader public school system so that all students benefit.

In the early 1990s, a small group of educators and policymakers came together to develop the charter school model. Minnesota’s legislature passed the first charter law in 1991, and the first charter school opened in 1992. Currently, Florida has over 650 charter schools serving in excess of 283,000 students.

Who’s Doing This?

The founders of Tallahassee Classical are Adrienne Campbell and Jana Sayler, two local mothers and professionals who fell in love with classical education while exploring education options for their own children. The foundation in liberal arts, the historical perspective, the roots in Latin and rhetoric, and the emphasis on civic virtue were appealing to them.

Adrienne Campbell

Adrienne

Jana Saylor

Jana

Wanting to pursue this option for their own children, Adrienne and Jana quickly found that the other classical education options in the community – private school and homeschool options – were not an ideal fit for their families. That’s when they decided it was time to change the landscape.

The Process of Becoming a Charter School:

As you can imagine, starting a new school and receiving a charter is not easy. Here’s the process:

  • Research the process for starting a charter
  • Write a mission statement
  • Create a governing board
  • Write the charter application
  • Set a budget
  • Collect letters of intent from community members interested in your school
  • Apply to Leon County School District
  • File for non-profit status with the IRS
  • Choose a location
  • Fundraise and seek grants
  • Create and adopt policies
  • Purchase textbooks, technology, furniture, and supplies
  • Hire faculty and staff, enroll students, and open the doors!

Our Team

The Tallahassee Classical team is made up of community members from Tallahassee and beyond who are dedicated to providing families with classical education in a public school setting.

Adrienne Campbell

Adrienne Campbell, Co-Founder

Adrienne Campbell, M.Ed, has a passion for student success and an enthusiasm for trying new things which has allowed her to wear many hats in her education career. As a social studies instructor, she served students in brick and mortar classrooms and as an online instructor. She has designed and developed online courses as a Subject Matter Expert and Curriculum Specialist. As an Innovation Architect, she used best practices and content knowledge to reinvent the student online learning experience. Now she works in professional development, supporting programs that train educators to become the best possible teachers. She is married to Parker Campbell, a Tallahassee native, and is the mother to Tucker, Sadie, and Dean, who inspire the work she does every day.

Jana Sayler

Jana Sayler, Co-Founder and Board Chair

JJana R. Sayler, CPA, has worked in varying capacities over the years. In her more than ten years of work in public accounting, she has gained expertise in tax law, acted as a Controller for interrelated entities, regularly consults with clients on maintaining their QuickBooks files, and prepares and reviews tax returns of all kinds. She was raised in Alaska and has lived in Wyoming, Virginia, Europe, and Washington State, where she met her husband Erik Sayler, J.D. prior to settling in Florida. She has served as the Finance Chair for her Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group, is the mother of Eleanor, Kirk, Jon Archer, and Virginia, and is passionate about providing them with a classical education.

Ann Corcoran

Anne Corcoran, Board Member

Anne Corcoran received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor, with high honors, from Florida State University. Ms. Corcoran currently owns her own law firm and previously served as a prosecutor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. She has served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for both the Fifth Judicial Circuit and the First Judicial Circuit. In addition to her legal work, she is the founder and volunteer CEO of Classical Preparatory School in Pasco County for which she received the Award for Special Service in 2016 from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South and the Champion Charter School Pioneer Award from the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools in 2016. She served on the Advisory Council for Student Assessment Reporting for the Foundation for Excellence in Education from 2016 to 2017. She and her husband, Richard, have six children ranging in age from 16 to 5.

Kevin Kjellerup

Kevin Kjellerup, Board Member

Kevin Kjellerup is the education and training administrator for the Florida Office of the Attorney General. Additionally, he is founder and principal consultant of Asher and Harper Consulting and a consultant and coach for Almenta International. Kjellerup has experience training with professionals in government, education and industry. He has developed learning events for leadership development, web-based courses and instruction programs for the US Army Reserves.

Ben Graybar

Ben Graybar, Board Member

Ben Graybar is a commercial banker and community volunteer. Graybar started working in finance and banking 25 years ago. Over the past 15 years, Graybar has gained extensive board experience after working in leadership with several nonprofits. He is a father of two sons and has been married to his wife for over 20 years.

Interested in having your children (or future children) attend TCS?

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