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Apr 15, 2020 2 min read

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  • Great Hearts is a network of tuition-free, public charter schools dedicated to improving education nationwide. A Great Hearts education prepares students to be more than just proficient test takers; it prepares them to become great-hearted leaders capable of success throughout their higher education and professional careers. With a curriculum built upon a classical liberal arts tradition and a revolutionary approach to school itself, Great Hearts cultivates the hearts and minds of students in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
  • Great Hearts
    • Curriculum Overview
    • Reading List
      • 9th-12th Grade Core Reading List
        • My Antonia | Red Badge of Courage | Autobiography of an American Slave | The Great Gatsby | Old Man and the Sea | Billy Budd | Walden | “Civil Disobedience” | Democracy in America | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Othello | The Tempest | Utopia | Second Treatise of Government | Pride and Prejudice | Discourse on Inequality | Tale of Two Cities| One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich | Crime and Punishment | Henry V | Iliad | Odyssey | History of the Peloponnesian War | Theban Plays | Five Dialogues of Plato | Republic | Nichomachean Ethics | The Books of Genesis, Exodus, and Job | Hamlet | Aeneid | Confessions | Gospels of Mark and John, Acts of the Apostles, and Epistle to the Romans | “Treatise on Law” | The Divine Comedy | The Prince | Essays | Meditations on First Philosophy | The “1844 Manuscripts” | Reason in History | Brothers Karamazov | King Lear | The Scarlet Letter | Frankenstein | Herodotus’ Histories | Paradise Lost
      • 9th-12th Grade Historical Works
        • The Declaration of Independence | The Constitution of the United States | Federalist Papers | Marbury v. Madison | The Monroe Doctrine | Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions | Dred Scott v. Sanford | The Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln | The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln | Plessy v. Ferguson | Fourteen Points Speech, Woodrow Wilson | First Inaugural Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt | Brown v. Board of Education | “Birmingham City Jail Letter”, M. L. King | “I Have a Dream” speech, M. L. King
    • Virtue in Education


  • The mission of Democracy Prep is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. A simple philosophy guides Democracy Prep staff, scholars, and alumni alike:Work Hard. Go to College. Change the World!



“The mission of the Barney Charter School Initiative is to promote the founding of classical charter schools and excellence in their teaching and operations, to the end that public-school students may be educated in the liberal arts and sciences and receive instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.”