I've had 2 high school students at Founders, one of which graduated from there last year and the other is still attending. Their experience has been transformational. This school teaches classical education -- that means they teach Latin, Shakespeare, Homer's Iliad & Odyssey, and works from The Great Books. They teach Euclidian geometry. They teach philosophy, and most of all they teach virtue. No, this not an easy curriculum, but these teachers love what they teach and will teach your child to love it too. Founders is a safe environment where the students are kind to one another. I wouldn't send my children anyplace else. We drive 30 minutes each way from North Dallas to attend here. Be advised there is a waiting list for many of the grades, but it's worth the wait. Great school spirit!
Chater Schools in Texas don't require teaching credentials basically anyone can teach. Founders caters to high performing students if your child struggles, or is a C student in the public school you wont survive. The administrators basically bully low performing students who could potentially put there Charter Credential at RISK. Charters are required to meet Performance Frameworks, so your low performing student is not good for business. Good thing is the school has strong Christian undertones. Bad is the school is not required to follow any standards of procedure, if you have a problem it is impossible to get resolved. Good thing, the teachers despite not knowing their qualification are very nice. The school does not offer lunch. I also typically spend $400-500 annual at school events/donations. There is also a HUGE turnover amongst students/teachers. You will find that many people leave early or do not return for the next school year. Lastly if your child is in any special education services just forget about it. Good thing is I have not heard of any student to student bullying. Lastly the administrators are rude and awful. The front desk staff is wonderful and care for students like family.
From retired teacher(grandparent). The curriculum is awesome. Good intent, however, too much growth too quickly. A zoo!
There are some wonderful teachers and some that have no business teaching, especially in the upper school. The delivery of content is poor. The grading is set in a way to prevent the average kid from getting a C. That's not the definition of "Challenge". So beware parents. Get in there and observe.
Administration does not follow through. It takes repeated attempt to get any response from admin. Very disappointing. Poor communication.
Our honor roll grandkids are no longer at Founders. Not worth the stress. Very unconfortable environment with heavy rolling backpacks and frustrated kids running into each other. All this contributes to lower grades.
Parents, you should spend a day at school. There's no teaching of "virtue" taking place. Kids are rude, disrespectful to each other. Lots of name calling.
The teaching of virtue comes from home.
Founders Classical Academy is a superior school. The teachers are very interested in each student and works with them. The curriculum is quite challenging. Fortunately our son is a straight A student but they continue to challenge him. I cannot recommend FCA strongly enough. We live in Carrollton and drive thirty miles round trip each day to FCA and pass Kent Elementary in the CFBISD which is less than a mile from our home. Fred Wittwer