The curriculum at Founders Classical Academy of Leander teaches the liberal arts and emphasizes the moral and intellectual virtues through a content-rich, cohesive course of study. The Western tradition is central to the study of history, literature, and philosophy, and within the Western tradition, students engage in a rich and recurring examination of the American literary, moral, philosophical, and historical traditions. Courses are rooted in primary sources and taught in the Socratic method, emphasizing intellectual analysis and dialogue. Students are encouraged to improve their minds and their character in accordance with virtue. The aim of the academic program is to cultivate a love of the just, the beautiful, the good, and the true, and to make the pursuit of these things a way of life.
Principles Behind the Curriculum
- Classical virtues, as well as principles in self-government and civility, are identified and clearly taught in a seamless manner through course content.
- The curriculum is knowledge-rich and built around the belief that there is a common body of knowledge all members of our society should master in the core areas and in the fine arts.
- 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.
- Logic and rhetoric are emphasized in the upper grades.
- Greek and Latin root words are taught in upper elementary grades. Latin studies are an integral part of the upper school curriculum.
- Mathematical and scientific knowledge are pursued for their own sakes, not merely for their practical applications.
- 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 and organization, close reading of text, and note taking.
- Importance is placed on bodily fitness and physical education in concert with fit minds.
- Co-curricular and extra-curricular academic and athletics activities are offered and encouraged to promote a well-ordered and well-rounded experience for students.