"A good book has a profound kind of morality—not a cheap, sentimental sort which thrives on shallow plots and superficial heroes, but the sort of force which inspires the reader's inner life and draws out all that is noble ... I cannot believe that children exposed to the best of literature will later choose that which is cheap and demeaning."
- Gladys Hunt
Founders Classical Academy uses traditional, rigorous, tried-and-true methods of educating students. We use an advanced curriculum based in the classical liberal arts and sciences with an emphasis on civic education.
A classical education uses the traditional modes of reading, writing, speaking, and listening to cultivate wise and virtuous men and women who will be able to live as responsible citizens of our republic.
- The curriculum is advanced and knowledge-rich and is built around the belief that there is a common body of knowledge all members of our society should master in the core subjects and in the fine arts.
- Habits of virtues, as well as principles of self-government and civility, are taught.
- Emphasis is placed on minds-on learning and on fostering a spirit of inquiry in students.
- Standardized tests do not drive the curriculum.
- Literacy is taught through explicit phonics and traditional grammar and composition in the elementary grades.
- Greek and Latin root words are taught in Grades 3-5, and Latin is taught thereafter.
- Math is taught conceptually.
- Science instruction is grounded in a historical context.
- Logic, classical composition, and rhetoric are emphasized in the upper school grades.
- Literature and history instruction are rooted in primary sources and in great books.
- Instruction in the fine arts includes theory, history, and performance.
- Students are trained in study skills, planning, organization, close reading, and note taking.
- Importance is placed on physical education in concert with fit minds.