The Purpose of Education

In the pursuit of education, it’s crucial to understand its true essence and purpose. The Latin root of the word “education” is “educare,” which means “to lead forth.” 

At its core, education should be about leading forth towards three foundational pillars: the good, the true, and the beautiful. These are not just abstract concepts but essential elements that shape our understanding of the world and our place within it. These pillars represent universal qualities that can be found in all things and provide a comprehensive framework for understanding the world. 


By aligning education with these three pillars – the good, the true, and the beautiful – we can cultivate individuals who are not only intellectually capable but also morally upright and spiritually enriched. It’s a holistic approach to education that goes beyond academic achievement to nurture the whole person and prepare them to contribute meaningfully to society.


In essence, education should be a journey of discovery, enlightenment, and transformation, leading forth towards a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and how we can create a better world for ourselves and future generations.

Our Mission

To lead forth toward the good, the true, and the beautiful, and therefore the development of better human beings through the pursuit of knowledge and virtue.  In doing so, we aim to cultivate individuals who are intellectually capable, morally upright and spiritually enriched in a way that honors God.

Our Vision

To restore the foundations of education so that it is understood as forming and equipping the whole human person – intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually – to live a happy and fulfilling life and to provide these opportunities for private education and homeschool students worldwide, in a way that honors God.

Our Values









About our CEO

Dr. Lisa Helton, Ph.D.

Introducing Dr. Lisa Helton, CEO of American Education International (AEI), a transformational leader in K-12 Education, International Education and Educational Leadership. 

Dr. Lisa is an expert in human development, organizational leadership and societal change. With a background as a foreign missionary and extensive experience as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, Dr. Lisa is passionate about restoring education to it’s intended purpose which is not only to  nurture the whole person and to prepare them to contribute meaningfully to society. 

Her dedication led her to establish college preparatory classical education schools, transforming the lives of over 10,000 graduates. As a National Board-Certified Educator, Dr. Lisa excels in organizational development and consultancy, building strong relationships globally.

At AEI, Dr.  Lisa’s visionary leadership has propelled the school to the forefront of K-12 education, closing gaps and fostering academic excellence. Join her mission in restoring the good, the true, and the beautiful and therefore, the development of better human beings through the pursuit of knowledge and virture. 

International Managing Directors

Managing Directors are experts of specific international programs and countries. 

Northern Africa MD

Brazil MD

Latin America MD

Latin America MD

Director of Student Athletes/

Latin America MD

South Africa/Nigeria MD

South Africa/Nigeria MD

India MD

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All AEI students receive access to the best America has to offer
for international students & families. This is one place where you can
access all you need within one learning community.
And most importantly, are lifetime friends people can count on.

Dr. Lisa Helton, CEO

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