A Day in the Life of a GHO Scholar
Please watch the video below to understand better what a Day in the Life of a GHO Scholar actually looks like.
Great Hearts Online Community & Culture
Great Hearts prioritizes relationships first. We believe that by focusing on building community and friendships, learning experiences become richer. There are several key elements of our school culture that contribute to relationship-building and joyful learning.
Learning as part of a community of scholars "sets the ambience for life-giving and uplifting experiences necessary to advance an individual and a whole society" (Lenning & Ebbers, 1999). Shared learning experiences are at the core of a Great Hearts education. GHO scholars learn to express themselves beautifully and discuss topics in community together, sharing both ideas and friendship.
Routines, Habits, & Procedures
"...men become builders by building and lyreplayers by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brace acts."
Procedures and routines are key for a successful and orderly online classroom. Our GHO teachers work with their scholars to develop class routines so that students always know what to expect. GHO strives to help scholars to cultivate habits of mind, habits of decency and morality, and physical habits.
Joy, Love, & Sense of Wonder
At Great Hearts, we strive to cultivate a culture of joy and to respond to one another with love. When we share a joy for something that is beautiful, good, or true, and treat each other with love and respect, we create a sense of shared ideals that connect us.
Great Hearts Core Purpose & Values
Whether scholars are in a brick-and-mortar classroom or in an online setting, the core purpose, core values, and philosophical pillars of Great Hearts remain the same. This guiding vision and these principles ensure that truly excellent, classical curriculum and pedagogy remain the cornerstone of a Great Hearts education, wherever it may be taking place.
Great Hearts Pillars
The Philosophical Pillars of Great Hearts are aphorisms in support of the core and never-changing purpose of the organization: to cultivate the hearts and minds of students through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
We believe that the world is ordered and knowable and that the human intellect, while imperfect, can attain knowledge of reality through reason, hard work and a coherent program of study.
We believe that truth exists, and we must seek it relentlessly by disciplined study and good-willed conversation.
We do not dispute the usefulness of a liberal arts education, and we gladly prepare our students for college studies, but our main purpose is the formation of the heart and mind.
Liberal education consists of cognitive, emotional and moral education—thinking deeply, loving noble things and living well together. We believe, with Plato, that the highest goal of education is to become good, intellectually and morally.
The greatest number of our students benefit when the intellectual and moral bar is set high in the classroom. Lowering expectations is an act of misguided sympathy, not of love and mercy.
Great Hearts academies do not deploy a “character curriculum.” Students are formed by the culture of the school, implied and explicit, and each student’s choices to lead within it.
Teachers lead students through intelligence, charisma, humor, integrity and example—in short, through love and friendship, as modeled by Socrates.