I really want a classical education (dead languages, primary texts, Euclidean geometry, etc.), which seems to be available mostly at conservative/Christian colleges. However, I don't want to attend a purely "great books" college like Thomas Aquinas College or St. John's. I have visited both these schools and, while I love the great books, I realized I prefer lectures to the relatively chaotic discussions I witnessed there.
Unfortunately, most schools that provide a classical liberal arts education in a traditional format (lectures, more organized discussions) don't seem to be strong academically. I have much higher SAT scores than the average student at hillsdale, university of dallas, etc. My scores are really more in the range for uchicago, which has an excellent classics/humanities curriculum, but I would rather attend a smaller (<3000 students) , more personal school with a less brutal workload. Of course it's possible that tests aren't a good measure of academic ability and I could find my intellectual peers at any school regardless of its average scores, but I'm still worried. I don't want to be one of the standout students in college without extreme effort. (I've found it to be a really awkward/stressful position.)
I need suggestions of schools where I can get a classical education in a conservative atmosphere and be ACADEMICALLY CHALLENGED. (I'm not Christian and won't sign a statement of faith, but I wouldn't mind attending a Christian school.) Thanks!