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

Unintended Consequences: How Four Kids’ Classical Education Affected Mom and Dad, by Mr. Swartz

Unintended Consequences: How Four Kids' Classical Education Affected Mom and Dad by Kyle Swartz, the parent of four students at Founders Classical Academy of Leander: Anna (Class of 2019), Emily ('20), Jonah ('23), and Michael ('26) We all want what’s best for our kids. What our kids to be happy in this life. We want them… Continue reading Unintended Consequences: How Four Kids’ Classical Education Affected Mom and Dad, by Mr. Swartz

Seminar Discussion in 9th-12th Grade, by Mr. Peterson

The Seminar Discussion by Mr. Peterson, Literature and Philosophy Teacher This is an abridged version of a lecture given at Hillsdale College on June 29, 2017 as part of the Barney Charter School Initiative's summer teacher training. The original (available upon request) includes details about seminar setup procedures, grading, how the other components of a literature class… Continue reading Seminar Discussion in 9th-12th Grade, by Mr. Peterson