Golden View Classical Academy Announces New Principal - Dr. Robert Garrow


Golden View Classical Academy, a K-12 charter school opening up in Golden this fall, is pleased to announce its new principal, Dr. Robert Garrow. Dr. Garrow is currently the Assistant Headmaster at Founders Classical Academy in Leander, Texas, a sister school of Golden View Classical Academy through the Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative. Dr. Garrow is returning to Colorado, where he was born and raised, having earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his PhD in political philosophy and American politics from Claremont Graduate University, where he wrote on two great thinkers – Thomas Hobbes and Alexis de Tocqueville. His studies led to a career in higher education where he taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both large state schools and small liberal arts colleges. He also spent one semester teaching aboard the USS George Washington, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.

“We are honored to have a school leader of Dr Garrow’s caliber here at Golden View Classical Academy,” said Derec Shuler, the Founder and Board Chairman of Golden View Classical. “Dr. Garrow brings a strong background and a keen understanding of the higher purpose of classical education in addition to his current experience as a leader at a classical school.”

On accepting the position, Dr Garrow said “I am honored to serve as the first Principal of Golden View Classical Academy. The school’s Board has laid a solid foundation for what promises to be an excellent school. I look forward to making good on that promise, along with the committed students and families that will be part of this exciting academic community. Golden View Classical Academy is positioned to replicate the success of other classical schools in Colorado, including Ridgeview Classical and Liberty Common Schools.”

Dr Garrow is an advocate for classical education, stating “classical education stirs our souls and elevates our minds, by opening us up to the richness of our historical inheritance and by flaming our curiosity. It prepares us for a life of noble pleasures, of adventurous thinking, of laughter, and of deep, lasting relationships with our friends, family, and fellow citizens. This comprehensive scope includes nothing less than the happiness of our children and the success of the American republic, and is what draws so many families to schools like Golden View Classical Academy.”

Dr. Garrow is also an avid runner and reader. He has completed several long-distance races as well as triathlons of varying distances. His favorite books tend to be old books, though he is also interested in questions of modern science and politics. Dr. Garrow and his wife, along with their two-year-old daughter and her soon-to-be sibling, are excited to settle in Colorado.
Golden View Classical Academy is currently accepting applications for students in grades K-10 for the 2015 school year.