The Delphi Schools

The Delphi Program is a private school model with its flagship Delphian School in Sheridan, Oregon, and a network of six other schools in major urban centers around the United States. Licensed to use Applied Scholastics educational services and materials, all Delphi schools have a standardized curriculum, common teaching and administrative methods and a comprehensive curriculum training program—ensuring consistency and effectiveness across the network.

The Delphi Program is a uniquely integrated approach to learning for K–12 schools, with a foundation of eight basic principles comprising its fundamental philosophy. Since its inception in 1975, it has been designed with an emphasis on application in the world beyond the classroom, the aim of its curriculum being to help students of any age "take on life."

Empower Them as Students

In all of life, it is know-how that separates success from failure. Whether working toward achieving goals for oneself, for one’s marriage and family, or in occupational or professional endeavors, achievement in life requires knowledge. The most fundamental know-how one needs to open all doors in life is how to learn, which is why every Delphi student learns how to learn as a first priority. This know-how is Study Technology (Study Tech)—the revolutionary approach to learning developed by American author and educator L. Ron Hubbard.

Empowering students with an ability to study is an investment that pays off for a lifetime.

Get Personal

Education is only meaningful when it is personal—when it connects with a student's life and the real world. The Delphi Program helps students make that connection by enabling them to explore and understand purpose—the reason for studying something and how it applies to their life. This helps students clarify their own individual purposes for studying in general and for studying specific subjects. In the process, this assists them in clarifying or determining their personal goals in life.

Shortly after enrollment, the Delphi student works with faculty members to cooperatively develop a study program based on the student’s interests and goals and to address the student's academic strengths and weaknesses. These factors are identified through interviews and diagnostic testing, resulting in the creation of an individual program that instills certainty and enthusiasm as a student.  In this way, Delphi students receive a truly personal education and graduate well educated for life and focused on their future.

Put Ethics and Integrity at the Center

Ethics and integrity orient every aspect of an individual’s activities and relationships. In education they play a particularly pivotal role. Even the best of programs is likely to fail if these fundamentals are absent or receive little attention. Possessing vast amounts of information at one's fingertips in no way ensures that one has been well-educated, let alone whether one will be successful in life.

A happy and fulfilling life demands integrity along with the use of logic and reason in determining right and wrong.  For this reason, courses, activities and projects are interwoven throughout the Delphi curriculum that strengthen honesty, accountability and character. Delphi calls this "developing backbone" and it is central to the success of the Delphi Program.

Fully Achieve the Basics

Delphi broadens the traditional concept of the basics (reading, writing and arithmetic) to include study, communication, research and reasoning skills. This expanded view of “basics” provides the Delphi student with the essential building blocks for a successful life.

Emphasize Literacy

Literacy level is a top priority in the Delphi Program. Highly literate individuals hold the keys to a broad and penetrating understanding of concepts and cultures. The Delphi approach to literacy consists of building a step-by-step pathway to full comprehension.

The students make liberal use of dictionaries and other reference books to achieve a complete grasp of what they study.

The Delphi Program revolves around an embracive and fundamental practice: Enable students to use what they are learning every day they are in school to challenge and solve life's problems and remove barriers to achieving goals. To ensure that this occurs, opportunities are established throughout the program that require the student to demonstrate understanding and practical application of the materials they are studying.

Field trips and exploration are offered at the lower end, hands-on projects at every level and apprenticeships at the upper end. All along the way, Delphi asks students to assume responsibility for themselves, for their educational programs and for the school community.


Effective education is a team effort. At Delphi, the students, faculty and parents form a strong and unified force with the common goal of graduating an ethical, well-educated student who is an asset to his family, group and community and who possesses the tools to accomplish his goals in life. At Delphi the student, parents and faculty operate in close coordination regarding the student's program, goals and progress.

Students advance within the Delphi Program based on simple, unvarying criteria: full understanding and ability to use the information they are studying. Progress is not based on the student’s age or the amount of time the student spends at something. This competency-based approach gives students the freedom to move quickly when it's appropriate or to take more time with subjects that need it.


Delphian School
20950 SW Rock Creek Road
Sheridan, Oregon 97378
Phone: (800) 626-6610

Delphi Academy of Boston
564 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, Massachusetts 02186

Delphi Academy of Chicago
241 East Roosevelt
Lombard, Illinois 60148

Delphi Academy of Florida
1831 Drew Street
Clearwater, Florida 33765

Delphi Academy of Los Angeles
11341 Brainard Avenue
Lake View Terrace, California 91342

Delphi Academy of Santa Monica
1229 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, California 90401

Delphi Academy of San Francisco Bay
890 Pomeroy Avenue
Santa Clara, California 95051