At Jackson Hole Classical Academy, we strive for a unified, coherent, and intentional school culture. As a private school in the liberal arts, we recognize that all academic disciplines are interrelated, that they are connected and speak to one another. In the same way, the culture of one JHCA classroom complements the next; classrooms are therefore not “private islands,” but instead form part of a greater JHCA community.
Once on our campus in beautiful Jackson, WY, students find a reflective space in which they can study free from distractions. They engage in thoughtful and well-planned lessons led by experienced faculty, and participate in orderly classrooms that delve into a rigorous, content rich curriculum through the Socratic method of teaching. In all scenarios – in and outside of the classroom – faculty and students are encouraged to model these nine virtues: humility, integrity, friendship, perseverance, wisdom, courage, responsibility, honesty, and citizenship.
In the classroom, our JHCA faculty and staff let the great works of the past – whether they be in math, literature, the fine arts, in any discipline – speak for themselves. We refrain, where possible, from assigning secondary texts (that is, scholarly treatments of a primary work) to students. Instead, we give students the tools such that both student and teacher might be drawn up into a text, rather than bring the text down to them. We encourage our students to learn with a sense of awe and wonder, to see and experience truth, beauty, and goodness in all of their studies.
Faculty and students alike recognize that they are not only part of their school community at JHCA, but part of the broader, local community of Jackson Hole, WY, as well. Our school culture therefore encourages a heart of service and commitment that extends beyond our academy’s campus and into the people and places that make Jackson, WY a special place to us all.