Dr. Terrence O. Moore

Dr Terrence O. Moore – Founding Principal of Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County

Ascent Classical Academies are pleased to announce that Dr. Terrence O. Moore has joined the Ascent team as the founding principal of the Douglas County K-12 classical charter school’s launch in the fall of 2018. Dr. Moore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the realm of classical charter schools as well as previous experience in Colorado.

Dr. Moore served as the founding principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins for seven years.  During that time, Ridgeview’s high school was twice ranked as the top public high school in Colorado and also as the fourth highest open-enrollment school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

From Ridgeview, Dr. Moore went on to become a professor of history at Hillsdale College and to help establish the Hillsdale Barney Charter School Initiative.  That initiative advises founding boards of classical charter schools, provides training and guidance to school principals, and offers a wide array of professional development for teachers.  Among the sixteen Hillsdale-affiliated schools now in operation are the Atlanta Classical Academy, where Dr. Moore has been the founding principal for the past three years, and Golden View Classical Academy in Golden, currently in its second year.

Dr. Moore has written and lectured frequently on liberal education and school reform, publishing editorials in The Coloradoan, The Denver Post, The Claremont Review of Books, The Washington Times, Touchstone, The Family in America, and The Wall Street Journal.  He has also been a leading voice in the Common Core debate, testifying before seven state legislative bodies and writing The Story-Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core.

Along with the many school founders, professors, and parents who have joined the classical school movement, Dr. Moore holds that no education is more suited to modern times, when people are in danger of letting their machines do their thinking for them.  “It may seem paradoxical in this age in which seemingly everyone is addicted to a device,” he says, “that we are sitting down with children and saying, ‘Let’s read this great book and see what it tells us about the ways of man and nature,’ but that is precisely our aim.  We think the precious years of a child’s life should be spent learning and vigorously discussing things that are foundational and timeless, not clicking buttons to receive so-called ‘information’ that is ephemeral, superficial, and dull.”

In addition to the opportunity of being able to work on founding new classical schools, Dr. Moore and his wife, Jennifer, are glad to be returning to the state where their four children were born and they consider home.

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