Mission & Core Values

Austin Classical School exists to glorify Jesus Christ by co-laboring with families to cultivate wise, virtuous, and humble students through an excellent classical, Christian education.

We believe apart from God we are incapable of any good work. We esteem the family’s vital role in the academic and spiritual formation of their children. We value excellence and simplicity.  

Our Mission and Core Values govern every facet of the school’s life.  Our aim is twofold: first, to communicate a certain body of knowledge; and second, to cultivate a certain kind of person- the kind of person who joyfully and faithfully lives out his earthly vocation, and ultimately, is at home in God’s Kingdom.


Note: For Logic students, approximately 1 hour of homework is assigned on Wednesday evenings. 

Student Life in Upper School

Outside of the classroom, our Upper School students are able to pursue interests in a wide variety of offerings, including athletics, social clubs, as well as our house system. Click over to our Student Life page to find out more!

School of Logic: 5th – 8th Grades

The School of Logic (5th – 8th grades) takes the foundational knowledge gained in the Grammar stage and expounds on it. Students in this phase are naturally argumentative and are beginning to ask difficult questions about their world.  Analysis and critical reasoning are the chief mental acts of this stage. Developmentally, logic students learn best through debate and discussion.

Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
History Ancient History Medieval History Modern History U.S. History
Capstone: National
History Day Project
Christian Studies Old Testament Survey New Testament Survey
English Language & 
Ancient Literature Medieval Literature Modern Literature American Literature
Dimensions Level 5 Math In Focus:
Course 1
Math In Focus:
Course 2
Algebra 1
Science Anatomy &
Chemistry &
General Science Physical Science
Latin Latin A Latin B Latin 1A* Latin 1B*
Fine Arts Choir Shakespearean
Art Art, Theater,
or Choir
Additional Electives Dance & Decorum I Dance & Decorum II
Athletics Athletics are offered throughout the year. For more information, please visit our Athletics page.

*If completed at ACS, Latin 1A and Latin 2A combine to count for 1 full credit of Rhetoric Latin.

School of Rhetoric: 9th – 12th Grades

This stage is the culmination of the Trivium. The student of rhetoric takes the foundational knowledge gained in grammar school, the analytical skills of the logic stage and begins producing and defending his/her own ideas. Thesis defense and eloquent written and oral communication are the hallmarks of the rhetoric stage.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
3 credits
Ancient History Medieval &
Renaissance History
U.S. History in
Global Context
Christian Studies
2 credits
Development of
Christian Doctrine &
Church History I
Exegesis &
Applied Exegesis &
Church History II
Apologetics &
English Language & 
4 credits
Ancient Literature Medieval &
Renaissance History
Modern Literature Senior Thesis
3 credits
Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus or
Discrete Mathematics
Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus or
Discrete Mathematics
Calculus or
Probability &
3 credits
Biology Chemistry Physics I Physics II
2 credits
Latin I or
Latin II
Latin Honors Sequence or
Spanish & Cross-Cultural Ministry Honors Sequence
Classical Leadership
3.5 credits
Intermediate Logic Classical Rhetoric &
Principles of
Introduction to
Government &
2 credits


Fine Arts
1 credit
Studio Art I,
Theater I, or Choir
Studio Art II,
Theater II, or Choir
Additional Electives
1.5 credits
ACS offers a variety of additional elective courses, such as Personal Finance, Creative Writing, and others. Students may take additional years of Fine Arts courses to fulfill this requirement, or they may elect to complete honors courses.
1 credit
Students earn the equivalent of 1 credit by playing a sport or taking other approved physical education courses.
Athletics are offered throughout the year. For more information, please visit our Athletics page.