“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
- Frederick Douglass
Our approach at Founders Classical differs enormously from that of many other schools. We aim:
– to teach students to love truth, goodness, and beauty;
– to ponder and discuss with students our shared human condition;
– to pass down the best of our Western and American heritage; and
– to teach the liberal arts necessary for free citizens of our republic.
Founders Classical prizes knowledge and virtue. Students read and discuss the great books of the Western canon. The school teaches phonetic spelling and reading, grammar, Singapore mathematics, the Core Knowledge sequence, Latin, music, and art. The school atmosphere is one of studiousness and decorum. Students wear uniforms, and teachers dress professionally.
The K-8 curriculum follows the Core Knowledge sequence with some modifications to accommodate TEKS in addition to some classical education enhancements. Core Knowledge (CK) is a knowledge-rich curriculum sequence that effectively builds in students the grammar of each subject area preparing them for more advanced studies in later grades. CK is a systematic course sequence built upon the following ideas: 1) learning is built upon previous learning, 2) reading comprehension and overall academic success are dependent upon solid academic background knowledge, 3) there is a common body of knowledge all citizens should learn, i.e. cultural literacy, and 4) students must be better prepared to become more informed and responsible citizens of our republic. The Core Knowledge sequence can be viewed online by clicking here.
Modifications to accommodate TEKS and enhancements in grammar school include additional novels in some grades and the study of Latin and Greek root words in grades 3-5. Methods and resources from The Riggs Institute, orthography, are used to teach explicit phonics, spelling, writing, and English grammar. Singapore Math is used in grades K-7 to teach math concepts and students are firmly grounded in math facts.
In the middle grades, instruction in Latin begins in sixth grade and continues into high school. Formal instruction in logic begins in eighth grade. While the Core Knowledge sequence ends with 8th grade, the knowledge-rich spirit of CK continues in the high school curriculum at Founders. One difference is instruction is more dialectical in both the middle and high school grades, and the process of learning rhetoric that begins in the early grades reaches advanced stages in high school. The high school grades feature a rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Students learn content in more in-depth manners, and the focus is more coordinated to Western Civilization. In the humanities, priority is given to original sources and great books. Math and science offer rigorous training in fundamentals and theories in these disciplines including both logical methods of inquiry and the scientific method. Fine Arts are promoted from the start with CK and continue through high school with both in school and extracurricular opportunities in art, chorus, orchestra, and theatre.