As Classical Conversations began to expand outside the central North Carolina area, Leigh developed the idea of local communities led by directors and tutors for the three programs: Foundations, Essentials and Challenge. The contract workers received extensive training and resources to better offer the Classical Conversations programs in their local communities.
With the number of CC students growing by 70-80 percent a year based solely on word-of-mouth promotion, Classical Conversations had outgrown Leigh’s home, and she opened CC’s first headquarters building in West End, North Carolina, in 2006 to serve nearly 3,000 students.
Classical Conversations celebrated its 10th anniversary in September 2007 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina. Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College and a friend of CC, was the guest speaker.