About the Classical University-Model®

Several UM schools proudly identify themselves as “Classical, Christian, and University-Model.” Highly valuing the excellence they have found in classical curriculums while also seeing the flexibility and advantages of following a UM schedule, they have found the best of both worlds. Nearly one half of all UM schools in the United States identify themselves in some form with the classical educational community!

The Need for a Classical School Division

In 2015 UMSI consulted with leaders of our classical schools, formed an exploratory team, and developed a Classical School Division among member schools.

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How does UMSI Support Classical Schools?

UMSI supports classical schools in many different ways.

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What is a Classical Education?

Teachers within a Christian classical school believe education is about forming souls, not just transmitting skills.

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Additional Resources

Beauty & Leisure

Thomas Dubay
The Evidential Power of Beauty

Northrop Frye
The Educated Imagination

Josef Pieper
Happiness and Contemplation

Leisure: The Basis of Culture

Stephen R. Turley
Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Elizabeth Yates
A Book of Hours

Liberal Arts/Classical Studies

Stratford Caldecott
Beauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-Enchantment of Education

Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education

The Radiance of Being: Dimensions of Cosmic Christianity

Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain
The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education

Grant Horner
John Milton: Classical Learning and the Progress of Virtue

Robert Littlejohn and Charles T. Evans
Wisdom and Eloquence


Sergei Bulgakov
Sophia: The Wisdom of God

James L. Crenshaw
Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction

Gerhard von Rad
Wisdom in Israel


Harry Blamires
The Christian Mind

James K. A. Smith
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works

Del Tackett
The Truth Project (video series)

John Whitehead
Grasping for the Wind: Humanity’s Search for Meaning (video series)