Conference at a glance

Classical educators convene together at Repairing the Ruins for purposes beyond talks (view complete list here). Here are a few examples of more we have in store this year.

Meetings and Events

Membership Meeting
On Friday at lunch, the ACCS holds its annual membership meeting to provide insight into the organization’s activities and to take input from members.
Accredited Schools Meeting
On Thursday at lunch, accredited schools gather to cover an agenda specifically targeted for ACCS accredited schools.
Accreditation Informational Meeting
Do you have questions about becoming accredited through the ACCS? Come with your questions. Time to be announced.
New School Gathering
Friday after the last workshop, members who have joined the ACCS within the past year receive an invitation to this meeting with the President of the ACCS. Newer, smaller schools are encouraged and we hope to answer specific questions.
Fellowship & Networking Events
This year, we’re hosting a 25th anniversary party. We have live music by the Grayhavens and we are planning other activities to make it an evening to remember.


Leaders Day
Specific talks and panels on leadership at classical Christian schools.
These are activity-based in-depth training for teachers. They occur on the Wednesday just prior to the main conference.
Foundational CCE Training
A multi-part structured track for new and developing teachers. This is a 6 part track during the main conference that is useful for teacher certification.


Plenary talks
These ‘keynote’ type talks encourage and challenge all of us. Speakers from outside our movement help us see new perspectives. Leaders inside the movement challenge us with new ideas, born in the classical Christian model.
This year, we have more talks than we ever have. Through surveys, we work hard to find relevant, actionable 50 minute talks of particular interest to teachers, administrators, and staff at classical Christian schools. We also have some talks that are just intended to play with ideas.
Vendor Presentations
New this year, we have a limited number of speaking opportunities for vendors on Saturday morning. These presentations will help schools better understand some of the products and services offered by our vendors in a setting that allows for in-depth learning.

Other Activities

We have around 80 vendor booths with products and services valued by classical Christian educators.
Private Meetings
Repairing the Ruins is the time to meet with groups interested in classical Christian education. For example, we use this opportunity to bring key national Christian leaders together for dinner, by invitation, to broaden the reach of classical Christian education. What meeting can you sponsor? What dinner can you arrange? You can post meeting times on the communication board at the event. Coming soon — Visit our RTR website, under networking, to post opportunities or make arrangements for meetings during the conference.
We have set aside some beautiful space overlooking the river for attendees to sit, enjoy coffee, and talk about whatever. These opportunities are the highlight of the conference for many. After hours, there are many great opportunities in the area.


Once again, we’ve assembled a group of speakers who will challenge and engage your teachers, staff, and board. We’re finalizing our plenary and full-speaker list, so check back often.

Useful-LineIcons_Outlined-15_x32 Conference Schedule (PDF)
  2017 Workshop Synopses (PDF)



Dr. Robert P. George

We’re honored to have Dr. Robert George join us this year.  Called “The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker” by the New York Times, he is senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by George W. Bush, McCormick Professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, and author of more than 15 books. Dr. George also drafted the Manhattan Declaration on the right to live out our faith. Read more…

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Dr. Greg Thornbury

President of The Kings College, son of a Baptist minister, and educated under the supervision of Al Mohler, Dr. Thornbury is an author and contributor to publications including First Things, World Magazine, and the Washington Post. He occasionally guest-hosts the Eric Metaxas show.


Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Founder of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University and St. Constantine’s School in Houston, TX, Reynolds is currently at Houston Baptist University as the Chief Academic Officer. His books include Three Views on the Creation and Evolution Debate with J.P. Moreland, Against All Gods: What’s Right and Wrong about the New Atheism with Phillip E. Johnson, and most recently, When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought.


Dr. Louis Markos

While you could buy Dr. Markos’ DVDs from The Teaching Company, you wouldn’t hear these lectures. Enjoy his scholarship and humor live this year at the ACCS conference. Markos is the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and Professor of English at Houston Baptist University. Explore modernism and postmodernism and learn how the church can respond to them. Together we can reverse a mindset that is not only detrimental to the arts but that threatens the central mystery of the Gospels: the Incarnation.


Dr. Christopher Perrin

Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant, and speaker who specializes in classical education. He is committed to the national renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He co-founded and serves full time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world.


Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, and co-author of The Lost Tools of Writing and Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America with Dr. Gene Edward Veith. Since establishing CiRCE in 1996 to serve classical educators through research and consulting, Andrew has trained and apprenticed innumerable home and school teachers, heads of school, and school boards. Andrew helped start Providence Academy in Green Bay, WI in 1993, Foundations Academy (now The Ambrose School) in Boise, ID in 1996, The Great Ideas Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2001, and Regents School of the Carolinas in 2006.


Douglas Wilson

As a founder of the movement, Douglas Wilson continues to offer fresh insight and provokes us to go further up and further into classical, Christian education. Mr. Wilson is the pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho. He is a founding board member of both Logos School and New Saint Andrews College. He will encourage school leaders with a plenary talk on “Leadership and Mimetic Desire” as well as all Repairing the Ruins attendees when he discusses “The Poetic Turn.”


George Grant

George Grant served as an assistant to D. James Kennedy at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and taught at Knox Theological Seminary. He founded the King’s Meadow Study Center and Franklin Classical School in Franklin, TN. He is the author of more than 60 books and hundreds of articles, and currently serves as pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin.

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Matt Whitling

Mr. Whitling earns annual acclaim as our most popular practical speaker. His insights cut classroom management down to size, remind us of our real purpose, and challenge us to live what we believe. This year, Matt will exhort listeners to “Get Your Bearings and Move Forward.” Matt Whitling has taught elementary and secondary classes at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, for the past 21 years. He is currently the secondary and elementary principal at Logos.

Music Practicum

The call for a practical classical application has been heard — again! Last year’s attendance and response exceeded our expectations, so we are offering this pre-conference again. This Kodály music training is excellent for grammar school teachers, music teachers, and anyone curious about how to bring excellence to your music teaching.  This form of training will train young voices to sing on-key, and in parts. This all-day training event is brought to you by David Erb, New Saint Andrews Music Professor, and Jarrod Richey, Kodály Music Teacher | Director of Choral Activities for Geneva Academy. Read more…

25th Anniversary

June 21-24, 2017

Paideia: Cultivating Right Affections

Augustine implores us to train the affections to love rightly, and in the right order–the essence of paideia. Paideia’s rightly ordered loves draw students toward a heavenly and earthly kingdom where our Lord is the Lord of all.

This year, our plenary speakers will explore the importance of loves, rightly ordered. We have new tracks in training the affections and helping students love the good. We also have a new Foundations of Classical Christian Excellence course series that will help new and practicing classical teachers become grounded in the right things, in the right order. And, we have a new Rhetoric Practicum on Wednesday that will train both Rhetoric teachers and high-school level teachers to teach rhetorically.

To top it all off, we’ll enjoy an evening of celebration and entertainment for 25 years of growth in the ACCS and we’ll pray for and imagine the next 25 years. We expect this year’s venue to be among the best we’ve ever enjoyed. Please make plans to join us in Pittsburgh for what might be one of our most notable conferences to date.

Please note: Mark the dates now and please register early.  Our conference sold out last year.  With early notification, we can make additional arrangements.

Useful-LineIcons_Outlined-15_x32 Conference Schedule (PDF)
  2017 Workshop Synopses (PDF)


The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful. –Plato