Your Partner in

Online Classical Education

Classical foundations. Time-tested methods. Today’s technology.

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Your Partner in

Online Classical Education

Classical foundations. Time-tested methods. Today’s technology.

Register for 2024-2025 Classes Today!


Your Partner in

Online Classical Education

Classical foundations. Time-tested methods. Today’s technology.

Register for 2024-2025 Classes Today!


Your Partner in

Online Classical Education

Classical foundations. Time-tested methods. Today’s technology.

Register for 2024-2025 Classes Today!

    Something for Every Student

    Interest-based academic plans, caring instructors, committed faculty, and classes that engage students intellectually and socially - all from an online platform.

    About the Well-Trained Mind Academy

    The Well-Trained Mind Academy (WTMA) was founded in 2014 by Susan Wise Bauer to provide a natural extension of your homeschooling education, rooted in classical methods. We offer live, online instruction that fits your student’s overall educational plan. Our instructors are qualified in their fields and have years of experience in teaching, tutoring, and homeschooling. The administration at WTMA works closely with students, parents, and instructors to create an educational environment that fits the needs of each family.
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    Classical Education:
    Teaching Students How to Learn

    Our teaching methods are based on the three-part classical pattern of training the mind, called the trivium. Students begin their studies by learning the foundations of a subject. Questioning and argumentation (logic skills) follow. Finally, students are taught how to express their own ideas about their subjects. At the heart of our curriculum is our mandate to teach students how to learn, so that they may leave WTMA with the motivation to pursue knowledge their whole lives.

    Well-Trained Mind Academy Tuition

    Your WTMA tuition payment funds two important things: live, interactive instruction from a qualified teacher who provides individualized grading and feedback, and ongoing administrative support. We don't just offer online classes; we guarantee consistent, high-quality instruction for your student.
    Learn About Our Interest-Free Payment Plans

    All tuition falls within the ranges listed below. Tuition for individual courses can be found in our Course Catalog.

    $290Clubs
    $415-$480One-Semester Courses
    $725-$875Full-Year Courses

    Live Online Classes

    The Well-Trained Mind Academy presents classical education curriculum for middle and high school students in a live, interactive environment. WTMA values a learning environment in which students can interact directly with the instructor and fellow students in real-time. Live classes allow students to practice articulating their original ideas.

    We also offer lectures in a delayed format for students whose schedules require more flexibility. Tutoring services are available for students needing extra attention in a certain subject area.

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    Watch Our Extended Live Class Preview

    Testimonials


    “I really liked the fact that most of each class was spent workshopping our pieces and getting feedback; it was very helpful to get multiple viewpoints on my work and it’s not something that any of my other writing teachers have done.”

    Student, Creative Writing

    “As a university professor, I appreciate the rigor and delivery format of WTMA courses. As a parent, I appreciate the individualized attention of WTMA’s small classes.”

    Parent, Spanish

    “The rhetoric and expository writing classes are one of the reasons why we enrolled our girls at WTMA. We believe that writing and being able to confidently and clearly expresses yourself is a vital part of education (and is overlooked by most education programs).”

    Parent, Rhetoric Writing

    “I have faith in this academy and all of its teachers. English isn’t my first language. I didn’t want to teach my kids language in a wrong way. My husband and I went through the Well-Trained Mind book and when we found out about the online academy, we were thrilled.”

    Parent, Expository Writing

    “Mrs. Otto is a highly effective grammar teacher. Grammar is not by nature the most exciting topic, and Mrs. Otto genuinely manages to make it fun! Her effort to provide the material in engaging and digestible forms is greatly appreciated.”

    Student, Grammar

    “I think one of the most interesting is learning how to really diagram, even though I have done that before in Grammar I. When I don’t understand sentences in books I’m reading or even in papers I have to write for WTMA, I find myself in my head diagramming the sentence or just finding the subject, verb, and DO. As far as new things though, I thought learning active and passive was pretty fun. Also I liked diagramming prepositional phrases and learning to identify them. Thank you wonderful semester!”

    Student, Grammar II

    “I have attended WTMA classes since the fifth grade. I’ve had countless beneficial experiences all thanks to WTMA, and I can say that it is my education here at the Academy that has led me to where I am today, a member of Johns Hopkins University’s Class of 2025! I will be studying Japanese, International Relations, and minoring in Music.”

    Leyra Espino-Nardi, WTMA Student

    “Dr. Bennett has ignited my son’s passion for biology, something that he had never seen as a thrilling subject before. He thoroughly enjoys his classes and is always telling us about what he has learned.”

    Parent, Biology Lab

    “This was one of the best classes that I have ever taken. I think I have learned as much in one school year in this class than I learned in three years back at public school. Thank you, Mrs. Ostaff!”

    Student, Saxon Algebra I
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    A Brief Introduction to Classical Education

    Download our free guide to learn about the classical education philosophy, how the Well-Trained Mind Academy provides the highest quality of classical education through our online classes, and how a classical education will benefit your student.

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