Learn more about the Appleton Classical School, an AASD Charter School

Classical School Appleton

Classical School, a tuition-free kindergarten through 8th grade charter school in the Appleton Area School District. Education at Classical School is engaging, academically rigorous, and is delivered within the classical education framework, a methodology that corresponds with the developmental stages of the learner. The school day is structured around teacher-led instruction during which every educational minute matters. Practices that stand the test of time — skill-based groupings in reading and math, the Socratic method of instruction and questioning, and the study of logic — are honored at Classical School.

The foundation of Classical School’s curriculum is the content-rich, knowledge-based Core Knowledge® sequence, which includes science, mathematics, language arts, classic literature, English, history and geography, music, and visual arts. Reading instruction begins in kindergarten using the highly-effective Direct Instruction program. Once students learn to read, instruction focuses on the further development of fluency skills through literary analysis, vocabulary development, and the introduction of more complex syntax in unabridged, classic literature. Grammar and writing are emphasized in all grades and content areas. Math instruction begins in kindergarten and is delivered through the Saxon Math program, which emphasizes mastery of skills. Most students at Classical School complete algebra or geometry by the end of the eighth grade.

Classical School Appleton

Students at Classical School also receive:

  • A solid common knowledge base of American and world history, geography, science, and the fine arts –
    including a solid base in art history and music history.
  • Spanish language instruction is provided daily beginning in kindergarten.
  • Exposure to Latin and Greek begins in 4th Grade.
  • Seventh and eighth graders are given instruction in the area of informal fallacies of logic.
  • Students in grades K – 8 participate in physical education, art, and music classes each week.
  • Orchestra is available for students in grades 4 – 8, band for students in grades 5 – 8, and choir for students in grades 7 & 8

Classical School began operating in the fall of 1999. We currently enroll about 490 students in grades kindergarten through eight. Classical School strives to develop graduates who are critical thinkers, coherent writers, confident speakers, thoughtful leaders, and virtuous citizens.

Interested in Learning More?

Visit the school’s website (www.classicalcharter.com), or contact Joanne Bielmeier at bielmeierjoann@aasd.k12.wi.us to learn more about the committed, K-8 Classical School community.

Classical School of Appleton

3310 N Durkee St, Appleton, Wisconsin


The Appleton Area School District does not discriminate against students on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or physical, cognitive, emotional or learning disability in its education programs or activities.


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