Education for Its Own Sake
Our greatest academic successes cannot be quantified, but anyone who walks around the hallways or overhears our students talking over lunch can see that they are not only learning a great deal but that their curiosity has been piqued by the things they have studied. In Western Civilization class one semester, the students read arguments from the Greek Ministry of Culture and the British Museum about the proper home of the Parthenon marbles. The debate began in class and soon became heated—so heated, in fact, that the teacher eventually had to ask the students to leave her classroom and go home because the school day had already ended.
It’s impossible to describe successes like this with statistics, but the results we have measured are nevertheless promising.
Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching
In 2017 Founders Classical Academy was awarded the Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The $25,000 Prize has three objectives: to focus attention on teaching, which is the core ingredient of effective education reform; to support deserving schools with funds for books, equipment, and other educational material; and to promote the principles of classical liberal arts education. The funds from the prize have been spent on purchasing a telescope, an air track, and other lab supplies for the science department, and violas, cellos, and an upright bass for the fine arts department.
PSAT and SAT Performance
Founders Classical Academy of Leander students perform well above the national and state averages on standard college entrance exams.
National Merit Scholarship Program
Since 2014, Founders high school students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program for their performance on the PSAT.
Even among a very small first senior class of just 12, one student achieved the rank of National Merit Scholar.
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
One student in the Class of 2017 was chosen as one of 2600 candidates invited to apply for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Her score on the college entrance exams placed her as one of the top 20 female high school seniors in the state of Texas.
College Acceptances and Scholarships
Founders Classical Academy graduated its first class of 12 students in May of 2017. The second graduating class has 28 students, and future classes will have between 30 and 40 each year. Our seniors have have been accepted to top colleges and universities across the country and in Europe. A full list is available on the map below.
The 28 students from the Class of 2018 were accepted to colleges and universities across the country, and earned over $2,500,000 in scholarships--an average of $90,000 in scholarship offers per student.
Alumni Across the Country and Abroad
Explore the map above for a list of colleges and universities that have accepted students from Founders Classical Academy of Leander since our first graduating class in 2017.