Middleburg Academy Transitions to Classical Liberal Arts Education

Beginning with the upcoming academic year, Middleburg Academy will work with Hillsdale College to transition to a classical education model.

Administrators said the transition is a natural next step for the school that began in 1965 as the Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic boarding school for girls, became a co-educational Catholic day school in the 1990s and then operated as an independent, classical liberal arts school.

Hillsdale College began in 1844 and was the first college open to all students regardless of race, sex, or creed and focused on classically rooted liberal arts studies.

Administrators describe classical liberal arts education as practical and personal and say that bringing that approach to Middleburg Academy will better serve parents and students—with a focus that is both more immediate and more forward-thinking than college prep alone.

The liberal arts are often cataloged as seven—the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric; and the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. They take their foundations from ancient Greek philosophy, history, poetry, and rhetoric. The birth of the term dates from centuries after Athens’ golden age when the great Roman humanist and orator Cicero referred to them as the artes liberales. They consisted of education, literature, and eloquence; later humanists would reveal a fourth category implicit in Cicero’s presentation, namely the laws, the traditions of humanity and the dictates of practical reason.

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