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Explore the Foundations of Classical Education with a Dynamic Online Community

A one-year program, the CiRCE Atrium program explores the foundations of Christian classical education with online classes and discussions. The Atrium now features five courses. Participants can choose any one course or sign up for multiple courses! Courses include Shakespeare with Heidi White, Norms and Nobility with Tonya Rozelle, Plato’s Dialogues with Marc Hays, and The Great Ideas with Jonathan Councell.

Through exclusive live webinars (two each month) and an online discussion forum, the Atrium offers a forum for contemplation and collaboration: a place to linger (and take pleasure) in the depths of the Christian classical tradition alongside like-minded fellow educators. We provide the digital platform; you bring the desire for wisdom and virtue. Together we make the community.  

The Atrium is now Open!

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Norms and Nobility with Tonya Rozelle

Begins September 12

In this Atrium course, CiRCE Online Instructor, CiRCE Workshop Leader, and Certified Master Teacher, Tonya Rozelle will lead us through David Hicks’ seminal work on classical education. We will engage in a close read of Norms & Nobility and discuss what it means for us as classical educators. If you have not yet read this text, you should. If you have already read this text, you can attest to the fact one read is not enough. This profound work helps us better understand why pursuing a classical education is worth the effort, both for ourselves and for our students. It helps us identify and comprehend that ache in our souls, that burning need pushing us to do the hard work.

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Shakespeare with Heidi White

Begins September 5

 In this Atrium course, teacher and podcaster Heidi White provides an engaging classical experience with Shakespeare’s rich and varied body of work. Over the course of nine months, class participants will read and discuss three representative plays and nine influential sonnets, cultivating both a broad understanding and a concentrated insight into Shakespeare’s poetry and plays. Throughout the course, Heidi provides guidance and modeling of classical pedagogy, providing a practical and accessible roadmap for teaching Shakespeare with confidence and excellence.

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The Great Ideas with Jonathan Councell

Begins September 5

This unique atrium fittingly takes its format from the Socratic tradition and is designed with opportunities for participants to choose the texts they want to study while discussing six selected “great ideas;” courage, love, education, beauty, fortune, and justiceThis course is structured to embody and invite engagement with what the classical tradition means by the terms conversation, dialogue, and participation in order to clarify and enrich our capacity to learn liberally and to educate humanelyJoin us as we enter the Great Conversation around the ideas that undergirds communication and community by means of some of the great books and conversation. 

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Participants can expect to grow in knowledge of classical education throughout the year, be inspired and energized by peer discussion and collaboration, and understand the fundamentals of Christian classical education.

* The Atrium works in partnership with the CiRCE Apprenticeship Program and thus is especially well-suited for those who are preparing to enter the Apprenticeship. Participants who complete one year in the Atrium are eligible to receive a $250 credit toward Apprenticeship tuition.

Common Questions

The Atrium requires a $75 application fee. Tuition is $750 for the year. To see the books listed below and purchase, Bookshop.org (https://bookshop.org/shop/CiRCE). You are welcome to purchase books from your chosen book store as well. 

Participants may pay via a single payment of $750 (our annual payment plan) or in ten monthly installments of $75 from the tenth of July through the tenth of April. Please note: All accounts must remain in good standing to be eligible for the Apprenticeship tuition credit. If joining the class in September, then the tuition can be divided across remaining months. 

Tonya Rozelle’s class will read David Hicks’ educational treatise Norms and Nobility. The class will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, beginning on September 12, from 5:00-6:30pm Eastern time.

Marc Hays’ participants will read and contemplate Plato: Complete Works edited by John M. Cooper. His class will meet on the second and fourth Mondays from 6-7:30 ET, beginning on August 14 (with some shifts for travel needs or holidays, TBD).

Heidi White’s class reads a variety of Shakespeare’s plays ranging from his Comedies to his Histories and has the opportunity to attend live or watch the recording of the webinars. The class will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, beginning on September 5, from 8:00-9:30pm Eastern time.

Kristen Rudd’s Dante class will read and discuss Anthony Esolen’s translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. The three individual volumes of Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise are available in paperback and hardback. The class will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, beginning on August 22, from 7:00-8:30pm Eastern time (with a break for Christmas). There will be eighteen sessions total.

Jonathan Councell‘s participants will read various texts throughout his class. His class will meet on the first and third Tuesdays from 5-6:30 ET, beginning on August 22 (with some shifts for travel needs or holidays, TBD).

In the Atrium all activities are online, travel is not necessary, the level of participation is determined by the participant, and there is no certification associated with the Atrium.  In the Apprenticeship, in addition to online interaction, apprentices travel to retreats twice each year; Apprentices are required to complete various reading, writing, and teaching assignments and are formally evaluated each semester; and Apprentices who complete the 3-year course of study and associated requirements become CiRCE Certified Classical Teachers. 

New Atrium communities begin in August and September. All webinars are recorded and available to participants. After September 30th, new applicants may apply to be part of the group for the following year. 

All webinars will be recorded.  Atrium participants will have access to recorded webinars to view at their leisure.

The application fee is non-refundable. 
Participants who decide to withdraw from the Atrium will be refunded 100% of the tuition if they withdraw prior to August 1st. After August 1st no refunds are available.