Extremely lazy admin. when it comes to scheduling and dealing with inappropriate teachers.
There no reason for the upper school students( middle and high) to have to travel with the same "color" group all day. These kids are not in elementary school. Very unhealthy socially. Creates "Cliques" and prevents students from
making new friends.
When we approached admin about it(for it can be done), we got the response that it's easier to keep the same kids together all day. Easier is not always best.
We won't be returning to the school for out kids are too old to have to be around the same kids all day. Too old.
I spent two years in an educational program preparing to be an effective teacher. It's insulting to see the number of teachers at the upper school who have not been trained. No clue in regards to the different teaching strategies, learning styles, and better yet "childhood development". No nurturing.
They teach all the same and we all know kids are not the same. So no idea why some parents keep their kids there, who are failing. You're not helping them. It does not take lowering a child's self-esteem to become successful later.
I agree with previous reviewer. I was so excited to be at Founders and found out our kids were not been taught. Just failing them and no solution. No self-evaluation as teachers.
We pulled our kids out of the school although I am still a staff member.Two out of three of our kids are gifted. And we left. Not worth it.
We were concerned about our kids self-esteem/spirit. Lots of grades entered that could not be verified. I think grades are given based on teacher's mood and how he/she feels about that child. Very sad. Administration does nothing to address these teachers.
Don't want to enter names here, however all
those parents who are giving stellar reviews are completely in denial or just as clueless. Or happy to say "Charter School", although no instruction taking place.
Administration should be ashamed for allowing these adults into the classroom. These kids are becoming mean and angry because they feel unsuccessful.
There's nothing wrong with the public schools.
This is our third year at Founders, and it has been an excellent experience. The teachers genuinely care about the students, and push them without exasperating them. My son has dyslexia and dysgraphia, and the teachers have been there to support, encourage, and help him. The curriculum is hard, but is well preparing them to love knowledge and to be independent thinkers. The headmasters are wonderful, and greet the students by name. It is truly a family atmosphere with a desire for excellence. The athletic department is being developed into a competitive program witb great coaches investing in the students. We are so blessed to be a part of the Founders family!
The teachers are in charge of the culture at the school, not the students. They talk about honor and integrity and kindness call it out for praise publically when they see a student exhibiting virtues. The literature and historical reading they choose has worth for many reasons, including exploring topics of virtue. It is interwoven into each class.
Our family homeschooled with the Classical approach up to 8th grade and transitioned to Founders in the 9th grade. The transition was very smooth. We had logic and Latin before so these subjects were nothing new. I can definitely see how it might be difficult to transition into a classical model with no previous experience though. Extra help from the teachers may be needed. The curriculum is definitely challenging but the teachers have been uniformly excellent and very responsive to any questions from me or my son.
There has been an unfortunately high turnover with the Latin teachers, some good ones due to being promoted elsewhere as the Founders schools expand, but some not being a great fit. I am sure the turnover has been disruptive to the learning process for some. My son's current teacher seems like he is here to stay though and has the situation well in hand. He has worked very hard to help the kids who were not doing well. My son said he is excellent and offers a lot of help outside of class as well as great instruction in a difficult subject and the kids are getting up to speed.
I was worried about bullying since my son has no interest in or knowledge of pop culture or sports. Pretty much I thought he was bully bait, but there were no issues at all. The other kids were bemused, but very kind. He said he has not witnessed any bullying at the school.
Our family has not experienced any of the negative comments listed below and it is odd to read them. We drive 45 minutes each way to get here, my child gets up at 5:30 each morning to make this happen and he wouldn't have it any other way. I asked him if a Founders school opened closer to us, could we transfer him and everyone could sleep in later :-) He was emphatically against the idea because he loves his teachers.
Pros and cons:
Academically it is ok....
unprofessional and poor communication in some leaders. Operating on a shoestring budget (because they are a charter school?) partially unusable and old playgrounds, odd carpool, no librarian or counselor..they could be investing in their campus more rather than depending on PTO to raise money for a small playground. This is a school which withholds recess for incomplete homework. This is contradictory to recommendations of American Academy of Pediatrics and is not respectful of children's needs.
Positives: orchestra, chess and other unique after school programs and special student days where they can practice selling and buying.