Why we exist
Great Hearts is passionately committed to cultivating the hearts and minds of students through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
We operate classical K-12 charter schools that offer our students a transformative educational experience. By engaging a well-rounded program in a vibrant school culture, our students are prepared for success in college, leadership in any field in which they choose to endeavor and a life filled with purpose. We believe that the highest goal of education is to become good, intellectually and morally.
Our “great-hearted” graduates are prepared for the 21st century. We do this by teaching the skills necessary for success: the ability to innovate through creativity, the ability to communicate clearly, the ability to apply critical thought through analysis and questioning the world around us, and through building character in order to demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity. Graduates have the skills to pursue their chosen calling; moreover, they possess the virtue, a great heart, to deploy their talents for a purpose beyond themselves.
Where we started
When Great Hearts was founded over a decade ago, there were plenty of doubters. It is, after all, true what Great Hearts is doing has never been done before. Charter schools were created only in the early 1990s. Only a relative handful of charter operators nationally are attempting to deliver a classical liberal arts curriculum amid a rigorous academic culture, combined with a full athletic and co-curricular program. A full liberal arts education could only be found in elite private schools. Great Hearts is aiming high, just as it asks its students to aim high, in restoring a classical program to public education.
Since its inception, Great Hearts has grown to become a national leader in public charter schools. We work tirelessly to ensure our students receive an outstanding and relevant offering. Our program is anchored in exceptional teaching from the best in the profession and the support of committed families who make each school a thriving community. Today, we serve approximately 15,000 students at 28 academies across Arizona and Texas. From our humble beginnings as a single entity in rented space, we have become Arizona’s largest not-for-profit charter school network, the largest “brick and mortar” classical education provider in the country, and we are excited about working with new partners to extend this education to eager students nationwide.