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

Mathletes Sweep TCSAAL Math Olympiad

Last year, we sent one team of four high school students to compete in the TCSAAL math olympiad. They won regionals and state. They had the idea that wearing colorful bowties would intimidate the competition. I guess they were right. After securing the victory, they posed as Archers for their victory shot, with their coach… Continue reading Mathletes Sweep TCSAAL Math Olympiad

Introduction to the Barney Charter School Initiative

Since the first days of our school, the Barney Charter School Initiative has played an instrumental role in the formation of our students and teachers. An outreach program of Hillsdale College, the BCSI helps schools like ours educate young men and women for lives of citizenship and independence. Every summer our teachers attend training in… Continue reading Introduction to the Barney Charter School Initiative

Testing our New Air Track in 11th Grade Physics

At the end of our third year, Founders Classical Academy of Leander was honored with the Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The award came with a $25,000 prize, and earlier this year some of those funds went toward the purchase of a telescope and an air track for the science department. Several weeks ago… Continue reading Testing our New Air Track in 11th Grade Physics

The Art of Teaching, by Gilbert Highet

Over the summer our faculty read The Art of Teaching, by Gilbert Highet. Originally published in 1950, the book is full of valuable advice about how to prepare for classes and use assignments effectively, and a beautiful discussion of what it means to be a teacher. Highet says that parents are a child’s first and… Continue reading The Art of Teaching, by Gilbert Highet

Our Visit from Hillsdale College

October 17, 2017 Dear Founders Classical Academy Community, Here we are in the beginning of our fourth year as a school. It is a joyful time to be associated with Founders Classical Academy. As I walk the halls and visit classrooms each day I am filled with pride in our students and our community. I… Continue reading Our Visit from Hillsdale College

Welcome, Ms. Loy, Assistant Headmaster of Academic Affairs

Dear Founders Families, As we begin the new school year and prepare for the return of our students, I am pleased to share some exciting news with you. Ms. Tabitha Loy is stepping up to serve as our new Assistant Headmaster of Academic Affairs. Many of you know Ms. Loy well; she was a 4th… Continue reading Welcome, Ms. Loy, Assistant Headmaster of Academic Affairs