Welcome to the Praeceptory at Towcester Abbey

About Us

Whilst most educational support organizations give in to the pressure to imitate modern trends, the Praeceptory at Towcester Abbey provides children and young adults with a timeless and trustworthy path that makes no compromises for fear of the world. We are grounded in the classical liberal arts and sciences as they have been studied for centuries by history’s wisest and best scholars. We believe that ancient wisdom is what modern schools are lacking and we’re proud to seek and present it.

Making access to the classical liberal arts and sciences convenient and affordable is the challenge of our work and welcome all who would join us in our mission to “research, restore, publish and teach the classical liberal arts”.

Whilst we welcome all who seek us out, we especially welcome those who find themselves on the autism spectrum and feature many program paths specifically designed to bring out the very best within our autistic students. Our vocational work is similarly tailored to help our autistic students find success in the well paying careers to be found in the forensic sciences.

The Praeceptory at Towcester Abbey is a California 501(c)3 non-profit corporation serving the families of the rural mountain communities of northwestern Los Angeles and southern Kern counties ... and beyond.

We welcome your support. Donations are tax deductible as allowed for by law. Please contact us to find out more about supporting our efforts in the community.

Areas of Support

  • Trivium 5
  • Quadrivium 5
  • Foreign Languages5
  • Forensic Sciences5
  • Autism 5
  • Self Defense 5


  • Jim Hoerrickspraeceptor@towcesterabbey.com
  • Hon. J. Bonbright Anderson jockbaird@towcesterabbey.com
Mailing Address:
31858 Castaic Rd., Ste 176, Castaic, CA 91384

  • Beautiful Holiday Valley

  • We feature Sambo and other grappling sports

  • A level of depth that you won't find elsewhere

Academic Support

One of the problems in living in a remote area is the lack of access to quality educational opportunities. Rural schools have wonderful, but overburdened teachers and support staff. It's very hard to attract and retain staff in the STEM, foreign language, athletic, and specialized educational areas. That's where we come in. We have a network of trained / educated specialists that can assist local schools and families realize their educational and life goals.

Our Praeceptor (head of instruction), Jim Hoerricks, PhD, is involved in research aimed at improving outcomes for autistic college students and reducing attrition within this amazing group of students (abstract).

Your generous donations help us fulfill our mission of delivering quality services to this underserved area of California.

Vocational Training / Services

Much in the same way that Priories and Praeceptories of old offered goods and services for sale to the local community in order to fund their efforts, our Vocational Services department offers forensic science services to law enforcement agencies and the courts at no or low cost. Students learn by working side-by-side in this cutting edge work of digital forensics. This work includes audio / video / image / and mobile phone forensics. Our analysts and technicians are certified and court qualified experts in their respective fields. Students learn alongside the industry's leading experts and prepare for a career in digital forensics, one of the fastest growing and best paying forensic science fields.

Our Areas of Study

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