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Is Whitmore Classical Academy a for-profit school?

No.  Whitmore Classical Academy is a public charter school and therefore is not a for-profit business. It is run by Siuslaw Valley Charter School and is a non-profit entity and is registered as a 501(c)(3). organization.

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are independently-operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. In the past three decades, charter schools have grown into a viable alternative to traditional public schools, offering families an opportunity to choose curriculum, educational models, and academic environments that would otherwise be unavailable. Whitmore Classical Academy has chosen to meet the demands of local families by providing an excellent classical education.

Will Whitmore Classical Academy charge tuition?

No. Whitmore Classical Academy will be tuition-free, just like traditional public schools. The majority of funding for school operations will be provided by the State of Oregon, although at a lower rate than for non-charter public schools. Grants, philanthropy, and private donations will serve as a minor source for funding. 

Is Whitmore Classical Academy a religious school?

No. As a public charter school, Whitmore Classical Academy is not affiliated with any religion or any religious institution. As a public school it is non-sectarian and non-religious.

Who can enroll?

Students within the Siuslaw School District and surrounding areas entering in grades K-6 for the 2025-26 school year can enroll in the lottery process, regardless of home address or local school district. There are no admissions criteria. Whitmore Classical Academy selects students through a random lottery process for each grade level.

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