Our Story

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

TCS announced their new Head of School, Mrs. Hope Carrasquilla.
TCS developed their own afterschool program.
TCS developed their own House System for 7th-10th graders. More information about this is on our website.
In our 3rd year we started soccer for 6th-8th grade boys, 6th-grade boys basketball and another year of cross country.
This is our first year with a chess club for 5th-10th graders.
Our PSO (Parent Service Organization) formed and hosted our 1st Annual Harvest Festival with pie throwing, a dunk tank, food, games and fun for our TCS Families as a fundraiser.
TCS Admin were in the “Winter Tallahassee Parade” in December 2022 for the 1st time.
Our PSO (Parent Service Organization) planned and hosted our “Polar Express Night” for TCS scholars and their parents. It was a cozy night of hearing Polar Express story read by our Board Chair, Barney Bishop with hot chocolate and cookies.
Enrollment for our 4th year (23-24) is currently being planned to launch in January 2023. 
TCS 2nd Wellness Fair will be on Saturday, April 15th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. This fair promotes wellness within our community.
Our 4th Annual TCS Gala and Fundraiser will be on Thursday, May 19th. Time TBD.

Our 1st Wellness Fair will be April 23rd from 10-12 p.m. for all in our community. We are committed to promoting health and wellness. Bouncy houses, booths with kids activities, food trucks, etc.

Continue to raise money for a Seed Garden so that scholars can learn about growing fruits and vegetables.

Introduced “Caught Being Virtuous” slips for scholars “caught” being kind, compassionate, patient, etc. and we hang them on a bulletin board to encourage students to be virtuous. Each month we randomly select one scholar and they receive a prize for their virtuous actions. 

“Golden Spoon Award” is awarded once a month. This award is given to the best behaved class in each grade for their lunchroom behavior.

Introduced the “Scholar of the Quarter” for each grade and class. 4 times a year we celebrate those scholars that exhibit all the virtues in a quarter.

May 2022: 3rd Annual Gala, location TBD, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. is a dinner and fundraiser for TCS.

K-10th grade projected enrollment: 700 for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Introducing the House System, for the 2022-2023 school year

Our student body grew from 350 to 525 students!

Winter Wonderland: Our 1st school dance was a success for 5-9th grade students. 

1st Veterans Day Event: Complete with patriotic songs performed by scholars and two guest speakers.

Introduced our Classical Communication Series for the community.

Our first sports programs were launched: Baseball, Girls Softball, Archery, Basketball, and Cross Country!

Clubs Initiated: National Junior Honor Society by invitation only, Student Government, Literature Club, Thespian Club, Omega Club (after-school tutoring), Ukulele

End of year awards presented by grade level for the first time along with art shows. 

Spring Dance: 6-9th Graders in May

Introduced our TCS Spruce Up Days – Bringing the archer community together to improve aesthetics by picking up trash, painting, cleaning and scrubbing. These days are held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. 

Our building was completed.

First day of school in August 2020.

We opened during the COVID-19 pandemic with a virtual school option for the 1st semester for K-8. Our expertise allowed us to run efficiently despite the setback, we did not have to shut down the school one time for COVID-19 since we opened in August of 2020 with a student body of 350 for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Our 1st End of the Year Celebration was held on the last day of school at Southwood House & Cottages. The celebration was a great success with over 350 in attendance. Scholars recited poetry and music from their classes for the parents while everyone shared in a potluck. 

2nd Annual Gala held at Bricks & Brass downtown Tallahassee.

A suitable facility location was found and purchased.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held and construction began in December.

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

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

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.

The idea for Classical was born.

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

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