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Freedom, in this case, really is free.

Whenever and wherever you find yourself, it's not easy to find yourself. We like to say our target demographic age is 18-80, whether you're just starting out your journey in life and don't know if college is right for you (or you want to take a gap year), or are already sick and tired of the  9-5 desk job and are desperate to pivot to something that demands excellence and  spine. Or maybe you've already retired and are looking to get your hands dirty again in some meaningful, elbow-grease way, dive deep into philosophical thoughts, or cram your thick skull with some timeless  wisdom and impunity. College, career, and retirement isn't alway what it's cracked up to be. 


Our hearts, minds, and door are open to everyone.


Tuition for the twelve-month Old's Cool program (starting July 1st and January 1st) would normally be $12,000, but we are offering it for free, with the education investment only your time and effort. Only!


 Since the six-month apprenticeship will pay a minimum of $500/week, which will equal at least $12,500, the Academy is essentially a net-positive financial proposition, with an almost unimaginable ROI, mentality-wise. Actually the ROI is  immeasurable: it's just a humble and grateful ripple in the fabric of the universe.

Eat, sleep, drink, and breathe the classical education is the only way to go, in our opinion, and we have an in-house "dormitory" for our students to live the Old's Cool life. Room and board would be an additional $6000 ($500/month) for the year, and the shop materials and tool kit cost, outlined below, an additional additional $1250, making the total cost of the Old's Cool Academy game-changing program under $20,000 (only $19,250, to be exact).


We will also offer room and board free.

The course materials includes: The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People; Liar’s Poker; The Prince; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Frankenstein, Empire of the Sun, Lord of the Flies, West with the Night; The Iliad, Moby Dick; The Gulag Archipelago; and The Road to Serfdom.

Also: a leather-bound notebook; the fantastic Pilot Metropolitan Fountain pen with ink, one pack of Ticonderoga #2 pencils, and an old school eraser and pencil sharpener.

Each student will also receive an Old’s Cool polo and an Old’s Cool Academy tie.


There is no cost for the "Course Materials and Clobber." 

Old's Cool Tool Kit includes Old’s Cool coveralls, gloves, safety glasses, ear plugs and tool bag, which the students will make themselves. It'll be filled with numerous essential tools starting with our old's cool pal Tim  Leatherman's Sidekick or Wingman.
Shop materials include boat building and car restoration supplies, parts, and paint.

Tool Kit and Shop Materials are also included.

Let's get "Back-to-Basics."



Tuition for the eight-week summer "camp" (July 1–September 1) is gratis, generously paid by our sponsors. The package will include the 40 days of school, in addition to breakfast and lunch every day, as well as the course/shop materials and tool kit. The curriculum for this back-to-basics intensive will be the same as the first eight weeks of the regular program.

Students who wish to continue with the Academy's full one-year program are welcome to stay on, and can do so seamlessly.


Room/board is also included as part of this special summer program package.




The Academy’s after-school program is a  condensed version of our regular curriculum, aimed at introducing young students to the excellence and lifetime value of the classical liberal arts and traditional crafts.


Students meet once a week for eight weeks, from 3 - 5 pm. Sessions are four times per year starting February 1st, April 1st, July 1st (Back-to-Basics Summer Camp), and September 1st.

There is no fee for the (limited to) 10 students.


"We are lovers of nobility with restraint, and lovers of wisdom without any softening of character."
- Thucydides

A free ride isn't a free lunch

You'll pay for your time here, in sweat and effort.


Seriously, the Academy's education is a significant (and wondrous) investment in any student's wider and wilder worldview. Our goal is to make this opportunity available to anyone who has the ways but not necessarily the means to embrace their own unlimited potential.


Every student who qualifies and is accepted into any of our programs is guaranteed a "scholarship."


If you're interested in applying to our program, please send an email, or call us at the number below.


Reach out anytime: or  (401) 572-7090.

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