Cultivating the Virtues
Students at Founders Classical Academy pursue a moral and intellectual education and are expected to behave in accordance with the following core virtues. Each virtue is accompanied by an explanatory statement intended to help students understand the virtue and the ways in which its associated vices can take root in the character of a young person. We talk about virtue in the same way in all grades because we want students to understand that virtue is for all human beings no matter their age.
Remain steadfast when you are afraid. Practice perseverance when the work is difficult.
Practice patience and self-control. Think before you speak. Keep your temper under control.
Follow the rules. Help others, and treat them fairly and with respect.
Take pride in your work and your duties. Hold yourself accountable even when others do not.
Be kind and generous. Learn how to get along well with others.
Deliberate before you act. Practice good judgment.
Cultivate a thirst for knowledge about the most important things.
The school's virtues are taken from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, the first and greatest book about virtue. The virtues are taught in ascending order and students are encouraged to practice the virtues with the understanding that the higher virtues will become easier as the lower virtues become habits. This is one lesson of the Nicomachean Ethics--that intellectual virtue is higher than moral virtue but depends upon it. To live the good life a person must cultivate good character as a foundation for the intellectual virtues.
Colleen studies Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island in 4th grade.