Numerous reports suggest dramatically increasing interest in classical education among parents with school-aged children. Yet how widespread are these trends and what explains them? This report empirically documents the growth of Texas classical charter schools.

Key points

– Over the last decade, enrollment in classical charter schools in Texas has increased sevenfold while enrollment in other charter schools has doubled.

– Parents who enroll their children in classical charter schools desire a liberal education for their children—one that prioritizes the pursuit of truth, goodness, beauty, wisdom, virtue, and citizenship.

– Parents are generally satisfied with the quality of instruction and climates of classical charter schools, though they expressed some dissatisfaction with the quality of school facilities and opportunities for athletics.