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With more than 20 years’ experience operating public brick-and-mortar schools and 3 years’ experience operating public online schools in Arizona and Texas, Great Hearts Academies is launching a national virtual private school.

Great Hearts Online – National Academy provides an award-winning, accredited, classical virtual school option and an exceptional choice for those accessing ESA funds.

In its inaugural year, Great Hearts Online – National Academy will serve students in grades K-9. The Great Hearts Online (GHO) private school will add a grade level each subsequent year, growing to K-12.

Great Hearts Online – National Academy, accredited by Cognia, offers two educational models for parents and students to choose from:

  1. The Teacher-led model blends live and independent learning to foster a relationally rich and flexible learning environment. Students will receive live, small-group instruction in their virtual classrooms with peers four mornings a week. Independent assignments, activities, and labs are completed outside of class time.
  2. The Flex model offers the most flexibility and freedom for students and families, providing fully asynchronous courses and activities each quarter that can be completed at the student’s pace.

Both models offer live tutoring, office hours, academic interventions, and optional K-2 reading groups to ensure students are thriving. All Great Hearts Online models emphasize human virtue, character development, student wonder and curiosity, and academic rigor.

“Great Hearts Online is designed to give families the flexibility they need without sacrificing educational quality,” says Kurtis Indorf, Founder and President of Great Hearts Nova. “Families of all kinds are thriving at Great Hearts Online, and the launch of our GHO-National Academy expands that opportunity to families across the country.”

Why attend Great Hearts Online? Parent Jonathan Hornok shares that “virtual learning has alleviated many of our frustrations without compromising what we love about homeschooling. The educational community is phenomenal. Our kids’ teachers connect with our children and motivate them toward academic excellence in a way that we as parents could not. Our children also enjoy the daily camaraderie of the online classroom experience. Simply put, our family thrives because we became part of a like-minded educational community not otherwise available in our town.”

Nancy Lipira-Ferrara is the parent of an athlete who needed a different schedule for her daughter’s education without sacrificing quality learning. “Great Hearts Online offers an exceptional educational opportunity. Sophia is thriving and able to balance her demanding ballet schedule while receiving a rich, classical curriculum from the comfort of home.”

Why A National Private Online School?

Families across the country have been asking to attend Great Hearts Online. Many have heard of Great Hearts, the largest classical liberal arts institution in the United States, renowned for academic rigor and instilling virtue across its students and school communities.

“Parents across the country are looking for the just-right education options that provide a values-aligned, rigorous, safe, and flexible education for their students,” says Indorf. “Great Hearts Online provides this, and families seek out Great Hearts as a leader in the intellectual and moral formation of students.”

Great Hearts Academies, the largest U.S. network of classical schools, began its first full-time virtual academy in January 2021. It currently serves approximately 1,000 students in grades K-8 in Texas and Arizona. Great Hearts Online continues to defy the odds with world-class academics, close-knit class communities, student growth and achievement, and outstanding family and faculty satisfaction rates. GH Online – National Academy is a tuition-based model with separate finances from the public charter schools.

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About Great Hearts

Great Hearts is a nonprofit network of public charter and tuition-based private schools dedicated to improving education nationwide through classical preparatory K-12 academies, in both online and on-campus environments. As the largest provider of liberal arts classical education in the country, Great Hearts Academies serve more than 22,000 students at 33 schools across the USA. Great Hearts provides a robust liberal arts curriculum that cultivates hearts and minds in pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty and incorporates advanced math and science and a focus on the arts and foreign languages. 

Great Hearts Nova is the newest division of Great Hearts Academies, designing and operating new forms of school and learning. Over the past two years, Great Hearts Nova has developed and launched Great Hearts Online and Great Hearts Microschools with more models coming soon.

Learn more about Great Hearts Online at and about the Great Hearts network at