Founders 101

An Introduction to Our School for Prospective Families

Thank you for your interest in Founders Classical Academy of Leander! This part of our website is intended to give interested families a “one stop shop” with links to key information about how to apply for our school and what to expect along the way. These links will take you to some of the most sought-after information for prospective families. We invite you to thoroughly peruse our website to search for additional answers, and to look at our school profile.

Introduction to Enrollment

Texas state law requires a child to be 5 years old on September 1st of the school year a child will be entering a Texas public school. Applications should not be submitted for children whose 5th birthday is after September 1st of the applicable school year.

Click here to go to the application page. We recommend using a desktop computer rather than a smartphone or tablet to submit your online application.

Tours

The months leading up to our lottery are “tour season” and tour dates and ticket reservation links are usually posted on our website by mid-September each year. Click here to go to our tour page.

Application

This is a very general overview of our application process. You may click here to find a more detailed, thorough explanation about how our application, lottery and wait list processes function.

Every year there is a new open application period and a new lottery. A new application must be submitted each and every year your child is not offered a seat and enrolled in the school. An application for one year does not “carry forward” to the next year. Once a child is enrolled in our school, they do not have to participate in the lottery. The family is given the opportunity to simply re-enroll for the next year.

Lottery and Wait Lists

A public lottery will be held by mid-February each year on a weeknight evening. Applicant families are not required to attend, but are welcome. All applicant names are entered into a program which randomly generates/assigns a number to each child. The randomly generated numbers are sorted by grade and listed in descending order (lowest at the top, highest at the bottom) with lower numbers being “better.”

The school then assigns ranking – starting with “1” (which is the first person who will be offered a seat, should one become available.)

Results are available immediately after the lottery is completed. Where seats are available in any given grade, the names at the “top” of the list are placed in those spots. Those who are not awarded a seat at the lottery are placed on a wait list according to lottery number.

The official offer of a seat will be made by email in the days immediately following the lottery. The email will indicate a specific time and date by which to respond (48 hours from when the email is sent). A reply to that email is required by the day and time given to accept the seat. If a reply is not received by the deadline, the child’s name will be removed from the seat and the seat will be offered to the next child on the wait list.

The creation of the wait list for each grade is started with the lottery results. Applications submitted after the open application period deadline are simply added to the bottom of the wait list based on the submission date of the application.

You can find more detailed information about our application, lottery and wait list processes by clicking here.

Siblings

Siblings of currently enrolled students receive “priority status.” An application must be submitted each year for siblings who are not enrolled in the school. They are placed in the lottery with all other applicants, but their priority status places them at the top of the wait list along with other siblings.

Open Application Periods by School Year

2019-2020

December 3, 2018 – January 18, 2019

2020-2021

December 2, 2019 – January 17, 2020

2021-2022

December 7, 2020 – January 15, 2021

2022-2023

December 6, 2021 – January 14, 2022

2023-2024

December 5, 2022 – January 20, 2023

2024-2025

December 4, 2023 – January 19, 2024

2025-2026

December 2, 2024 – January 17, 2025

The senior sidewalk is signed by every Founders student in the spring before graduation.

Academic Life at Founders Classical Academy

Classical Education

What exactly is a classical education? In a nutshell it is the same course of study that helped propel Western Civilization to the top of the world when it comes to civic institutions, personal liberty, philanthropy, economic enterprise, technological innovation, and relative safety and security. It is rooted in an approach that goes back to ancient Greece and Rome and developed over a long period of time in the West.

Go here to go learn more about Classical Education. We have links to some informative articles, a video, and some book recommendations.

Curriculum

Founders Classical Academy provides the most time-tested methods of educating students, and at the same time, delivers the most cutting-edge education in America. At Founders, today’s students receive a classical education. The entire curriculum at Founders is grounded in the classical liberal arts and sciences with a strong emphasis on civic education. A classical education aims to recover the lost tools of learning in order to cultivate wise and virtuous men and women who will be responsible citizens of our republic. Visit this section of our website for more information about our curriculum.

School Virtues

Students at Founders Classical Academy pursue a moral and intellectual education and are expected to behave in accordance with the following core virtues. Click here to learn more about each virtue:

  • Courage
  • Moderation
  • Justice
  • Responsibility
  • Friendship
  • Prudence
  • Wisdom

Summer Reading

Summer reading is a required assignment for all students. Students in grades 3rd-12th should turn in their written assignments on the first day of school so that they can be graded. Discussions about summer reading will take place in the first days of each new school year. Go here and click the Summer Reading K-12 link for details.

Academic Resources for Parents

First and foremost, being the parent of a Founders student means encouraging your child and helping him or her find the joy in all of the wonderful things they are learning. Please see the website for more information about our curriculum and ways you can support your classical student at home.

Faculty and Staff

Founders Classical Academy seeks and employs faculty members who have a demonstrable history of excellence in an academic discipline, who convey knowledge to young people with charisma and clarity, and who practice and train students in the moral and intellectual virtues. Go here to read about our talented team of teachers.

Cassie celebrating Valentine's Day with her Kindergarten class.

8th graders practice the ukelele in music class.

Recess provides a time to explore and play.

Students read the great books and practice cursive handwriting.

Extracurricular Activities

Athletics

A classical education seeks to cultivate the whole person – body, mind, and soul. The soul cannot thrive unless the body is in good condition, and a well-conditioned body cannot be courageous, moderate, or just without a well-formed soul. Many of Socrates’ best students were athletes. We encourage students to participate in a range of activities that contribute to, deepen, or otherwise extend the learning that occurs in the classroom and at home. Go here to read more about our athletic programs.

Clubs and Activities

Founders Classical Academy offers a wide array of clubs and activities that complement our classical curriculum. More information about the currently available clubs is available here.

Upper School House System

To involve the entire upper school in the important task of self-government, to build camaraderie, and to encourage our students to strive in all they do, Founders Classical Academy of Leander instituted a house system in its founding year. All upper school students were sorted into one of six different houses, each led by one faculty house mentor. Each house took its name from an important figure from our liberal arts curriculum. These thinkers were chosen from among the best to represent greatness in their field and in the liberal arts, and to display the excellence of thought and curiosity that we wish to see in our own best students. Each house is governed by a faculty house mentor, a head boy and head girl, and class representatives for each grade. During the year, the students in the house work together to plan one school event and one service project to benefit the school or the surrounding community. At the end of each semester, the six houses compete against each other in a series of academic and athletic competitions called the Archer Games. Learn more about the six houses of Founders Classical Academy here.

Students learn to waltz in PE class.

School Policies

Family Handbook

The Founders Classical Academy Family Handbook 2017-2018 is our first and most important founding document. It describes the policies and procedures that guide students and parents as they work with teachers and staff to fulfill the school’s mission. It exists alongside the 2017-2018 ResponsiveEd Parent/Student Handbook, which governs the larger operations of our school district. To read both handbooks, visit our website.

Uniforms

In our appearance we show our opinions about ourselves, show respect for what we are doing, and respect those with whom we spend our time. We dress up when we take something or someone seriously, and through our appearance we communicate that respect. Clothes can distract and prevent others from devoting their energy and attention to their schoolwork. Our goal is to minimize such distractions and to foster a healthy respect for school, for teachers, for fellow students, and for ourselves.

All students are required to be in their proper uniform whenever they are on campus before, during, and after the normal school day. If students are not in their proper uniform, they will not be allowed to attend class until the problem is fixed. We will have extra uniforms in the main office for students to borrow for the day. A student who is repeatedly out of uniform will be disciplined.

The website has details about the uniform policy as well as information about where to acquire the appropriate items.

School Lunches

Delicious and healthy school lunches are available for purchase directly from our catering service, Daily Spread. Please click here for the page on our website regarding school lunches. There you will find a link directly to our caterer’s website.

Faculty and staff strive for excellence and model the virtues.

Daily Life at Our School

Archers in Action newsletter

“Archers in Action” is the Founders Classical Academy of Leander's monthly newsletter to parents and students. Information is updated weekly. Click here to read current and past blog posts.

From the Headmaster’s Desk

“From the Headmaster’s Desk” provides information about the academic life at Founders Classical Academy of Leander from our Headmaster, Dr. O’Toole. Go here to read this informative blog.

Calendar

Go here to access the school calendar.

Students enjoy the playground.