The Stanton Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Barney Charter School Initiative, an outreach program
of Hillsdale College devoted to the revitalization of public education through the launch and support of classical K-12
charter schools. Through this initiative, Hillsdale College promotes a model of education that is rooted in the liberal
arts and sciences, offers a firm grounding in civic virtue, and cultivates moral character.
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.
The Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI) collaborates with local charter school founders to achieve curricular and instructional excellence. Each school begins with a select group of citizens who are civic minded, passionate about education reform, and united in their promotion of classical education. They accept the responsibility to write a charter, apply for authorization to open a school, and govern the school’s management and finances. BCSI consults throughout this process by providing resources, advice, and experience, and assists in drafting the school’s founding documents.