Founded by Dr. Johnnie Seago 34 years ago, Paideia Classical School has educated more than 3,500 students.
In the last 34 years, more than 3,500 students have attended Paideia Classical School, founded by Dr. Johnnie Seago.
“We started renting a space out of a church and it became a regular thing. We started making schedules and one thing led to another, and here we are 34 years later,” Dr. Seago said. “Four campuses and over 3,500 graduates who, anytime they want to go to college, are accepted with open arms and full scholarships.”
Paideia Classical School is unique among private schools as logic, rhetoric, philosophy, apologetics, theology, Latin, Greek, grammar, composition and science are part of the curriculum.
“It’s distinctively Christian. Not just the fact that we have chapel every week—the children are required to memorize scripture. They are required to read large passages of the Bible to learn and discuss the Bible in their history class.”
Paideia Classical School students are required to behave like Christians, Dr. Seago said. “We are a Disciple Maker school. That’s distinctive to us. The classical part ties in with that,” Dr. Seago said. “The classical model comes from the monastery when the monks taught young disciples to read Socrates and Aristotle. They trained them to become monks, pastors and priests.”
Dr. Seago decided to call the school Paideia because they are training the whole child.
“We are interested in their art, sports, social life, friends, and how they treat their brothers and sisters,” she said. “We are interested in their character and growing leaders, the future citizens of the world. Growing someone who can change their culture.”
Another aspect that makes Paideia Classical School different is the hybrid teaching model.
“We do not take [students] five days a week,” Dr. Seago said. “I want to partner with parents, to collaborate with them. I want to help parents be better parents and teach them things like how to overcome conflict with their kids and do their job to the best of their ability.”
Each campus meets for two days on campus, with a third optional day which includes an opportunity to participate in a study group of peers. Dr. Seago said education for a student at the school is a collaborative effort between the staff and parents.
“I want to do the job with them a couple of days of the week, and then I equip them to go home and do it a couple more days of the week,” Dr. Seago said.
“I want mom and dad to take some of the load of educating their children. That’s the hybrid model.”
The first step for parents interested in learning more about the school is filling out the inquiry form on the website, after which they will be invited to tour the campus. If there is an opening for the child, they can be enrolled at any point in the school year. If no spots are available, students can remain on a waitlist or inquire about openings at a different location.
"Nothing holds your child back here. We have a lot of kids graduate at 16 years old because they are able to move up and excel,” Dr. Seago said. “I think that is really what parents are looking for—to not hold their kids back.”
The Seagos’ dream for Paideia Classical School is to have around 20 new campuses in the next decade. Currently, there are four campuses for Paideia Classical School: Conroe, Willis, Georgetown and Spring that are all open and accepting students for enrollment.
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