The Class of 2018 on their First Semester of College

Last Friday was our annual alumni visit day. Students from our first two graduating classes came back to campus to speak to parents and current high schoolers about what college is like. So many of our graduates returned to Founders to spend the day with us--they sat in on classes, ate lunch in the cafeteria,… Continue reading The Class of 2018 on their First Semester of College

Classical Education from Home

This fall has been the season of tours. Every week (and lately three or four times a week!) I've been walking through our school with prospective parents, returning parents, local and state officials (including two policy advisors to our lieutenant governor), and people interested in starting classical schools like ours in Texas and other states.… Continue reading Classical Education from Home

Giving Thanks

Dear Founders community, This Thanksgiving, while the turkey is brining and my husband's parents are on the road to our house from Houston, I am profoundly grateful for Founders Classical Academy. Over the course of the last 5 years, we have built an American classical school where students and teachers are allowed to return to… Continue reading Giving Thanks

FAQs from Curriculum Nights 2018

Thank you, Founders  families, for joining us at our Grammar and Upper School Curriculum Nights last month. Spending some time with you as the school year is beginning is a real pleasure for us, and we think there's no better way to get our students started on the right foot. I thought it would be… Continue reading FAQs from Curriculum Nights 2018

“Begetting Wonder”: Education in an Age of Irony, by Dr. David Whalen

"Appreciate literary irony, but do not attempt to live ironically. Remain—or become—susceptible to wonder and awe, not for sentimental and anti-intellectual reasons but for reasons quite the reverse. Wonder is to be cultivated because it is the necessary antecedent to all genuine intellectual growth, and essential for an adult life lived intelligently, comprehensively."
- Dr. Whalen at Second Annual Commencement Ceremony

5th Graders Recite Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address from Memory

The last few weeks have been amazing, and I'll have a lot to share about our end of the year awards ceremony, field day, the Archer Games, and, of course, graduation. For now, though, I'll leave you with a video of our 5th graders. A couple of days ago we were in the middle of… Continue reading 5th Graders Recite Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address from Memory

Mrs. Walley’s Tips for Success in 9th-12th

Cultivating Good Habits for Success in High School by Mrs. Walley, Upper School Science Teacher Use Your PlannerDon’t just have a planner--please use it! You can purchase a beautiful Founders planner from the front office. It's customized for our school and you will find it very helpful for tracking weekly assignments, planning your academic year,… Continue reading Mrs. Walley’s Tips for Success in 9th-12th

The Ten Points

Besides blood, toil, tears and sweat, our school is the product of a partnership between Hillsdale College and Responsive Education Solutions, an organization that runs over 70 charter schools throughout Texas and Arkansas. Though the Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI), Hillsdale College partners with charter schools across the country and provides recruiting help, teacher training,… Continue reading The Ten Points