Our Story

A Labor of Love

Tallahassee Classical School was founded by Adrienne Campbell, M.Ed and Jana Sayler, CPA. When exploring education options for their children, Adrienne and Jana fell in love with classical education. Unfortunately, they were unable to take advantage of the classical education options available in Leon County. This led to the idea for Tallahassee Classical, a public tuition-free classical charter which would meet the needs of all families, including those from non-religious backgrounds or those whose children have special needs.

The school has been a labor of love from the beginning. From hours spent researching, writing, and wrestling with decisions concerning the school’s design, to traveling and networking with the other classical charter schools in Florida, to partnering with Hillsdale College through the Barney Charter School Initiative, Adrienne and Jana believe it was worth every dollar spent and hour invested to bring a traditional liberal arts and sciences education to a public school setting for the Leon County community.

A Brief History

The idea for Classical was born.

Our mascot, the Archers, was chosen. Our mission and vision statements were drafted up.

Classical was formed as a Florida non-profit.

The founders took a research trip and toured multiple classical charter schools in Florida.

The 226 page charter application was written in its entirety.

Classical joined the Barney Charter School Initiative, an outreach of Hillsdale College.

Classical’s charter application was submitted to Leon County Schools.

The charter was approved and the five year operations contract was negotiated and approved.

A suitable facility location was found and purchased.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held and construction began in December.

Our building was completed.

First day of school in August 2020.

Our first sports programs were launched.

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