Ascent Classical Academy


Opening Fall 2024 to serve grades K-8, adding one grade each year until reaching K-12 matriculation.

Applications for 2024-2025 are now open.


About Ascent Classical Academy
of Irmo

Ascent Classical Academies develop within its students the moral and intellectual skills, habits, and virtues upon which independent, responsible, and joyful lives are built, in the firm belief that such lives are the basis for a free and flourishing republic.

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ACA Irmo Awarded State Grant for Fall 2024 Opening

October 13, 2023 • Irmo, South Carolina The South Carolina Department of Education recently awarded Ascent Classical Academy of Irmo a Planning and Implementation sub-grant for $900,000 over the next three years. Ascent Classical Academies secured two of the seven...

Ascent Classical Academies Receives Unanimous Approval for Four New Schools in South Carolina

April 26, 2023 • Columbia, South Carolina  The Charter Institute at Erskine Governing Board voted unanimously to approve Ascent Classical Academies’ applications for four new charter schools in Fort Mill, Irmo/Chapin, the Charleston metro area, and the Upstate South...

Ascent Classical Academies Submits New Charter School Applications

February 17, 2023 • Columbia, South Carolina  For immediate release  Ascent Classical Academies, a network of tuition-free, K-12 classical charter schools, recently submitted four applications for new campuses across South Carolina, with the first several planning to...

What are the Liberal Arts and Why is this Education Indispensable for Our Children and Country?

Translated from the Latin, artes liberals, the liberal arts are those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential and worthy for a free man in order to take an active part in civic life. This time-tested and traditional view stands in...

The Pursuit of Truth at a Time of Unrest

As a nation, our conscience was pricked by the horrific death of George Floyd and the collective outrage of American citizens speaks well of us as a country. History has many examples of countries, governments, and citizens which do not regard human suffering as...

Counting Our Blessings

At a time when good news seems hard to come by, I want to take a moment to highlight a few of the positives that we, as a classical learning community, can hold on to and cherish even during this difficult time. While this is not how any of our students and families...

Teaching History

A typical and sadly misguided criticism of classical education, and really any education that is serious about civic knowledge, comes in the form of a question. Sarcastically, and with a superior air, the critic asks: “when are you ever going to need to know the date...