About

Welcome to Hunter Classical Christian School. We are a private classical, Christian K-8 school located in the Richmond, Virginia area.  We offer Extended Day each school day from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.  We are excited to introduce you to Hunter’s sound, classical learning method guided by Judeo-Christian principles. We invite you to join our community where children’s strengths and talents are nourished and enhanced as they grow to their full potential. Our mission is one of service for the glory of God and the health of the family, with your child being our highest priority. We know your most important investment is the heart and mind of your child. We welcome the opportunity to give you a personal tour, explain the benefits of a classical curriculum, and explore the ways that Hunter may help your child achieve his or her educational goals.

“The idea to begin a school had been on my heart for about ten years. I had observed some unsettling trends in education on the national level and realized more school choice was needed. As critical thinking skills have diminished, the quality of the graduate seems to go down. In many instances, progressive education theory was not delivering the hoped-for results. At the same time, my husband and I were raising four daughters and encountered some things which gave us pause, not the least of which were the ever-rising, staggering tuition rates.

I have always had a deep interest in education, and what makes a fine school. We felt a school should be a true partner with the parent, for the benefit of the child, and only when this happens can there be true character development. We agreed that the value of a Christian worldview was also important.

As Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Trained Mind states, “Education is that vast undertaking of passing on knowledge from one generation to another.” In many schools, there seems to be “drift” occurring away from tradition, away from some tried and true practices, away from history, and away from teaching the classics. As a historian, I believe what has been done and thought before our time is crucial to preparing for the future, and that “truth” as it has been traditionally understood is vital. We recognize that families, not schools, are the fundamental building blocks of a healthy society. This is God’s design, not man’s.

In supporting families, Hunter Classical Christian School understands the difference between your job and ours, and provides an environment based on respect, not in name only, but in practice. We understand that our job is teaching and learning, but equally important is the moral development of the child. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child, so that he or she will feel cherished. We will abide by the “Golden Rule” which has its roots in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

To conclude, we will ‘begin with the end in mind’, meaning that we want the portrait of the graduate to be a confident, moral child who enjoys the process of learning and who has a moral compass. We want human flourishing to be an outgrowth of our program, and for your child to develop the ability to learn, which will serve him or her well no matter what career path lies ahead. We are returning to solid principles, to have a good-faith partnership with parents, to support healthy homes and traditional values, and to build critical thinking skills.”

Ann McLean, Ph. D

Head of School