Welcome to Founders Classical Academy - Leander! The mission of Founders Classical Academy is to train the minds and improve the hearts of young men and women through a rigorous, classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in good character and civic virtue. It is a high calling, and a difficult one, but is a calling that brings great rewards for those who strive.
Our school hopes not merely to care for our students, but to help them fill their minds with knowledge. Our methods are the old-fashioned ones—we diagram sentences, we read the great and difficult books, we memorize and recite poetry, we do mathematical proofs. We do things the hard way because we know that there are no shortcuts when it comes to understanding and because we believe that the things we study are worth the effort. At Founders Classical Academy, we want to really know things, not just appear to know them.
We stand against many of the trends that have overtaken American education for the sake of providing something increasingly rare: an education that is good for its own sake. At Founders Classical Academy, we believe that a liberal education in the sciences and the humanities is inherently good—something worth having apart from the many good things that can come from it. Our work is to teach our students to be men and women with sound minds and well-formed characters. We hope to help them become thoughtful judges of their own happiness and students of the good, the true, and the beautiful throughout their lives.
In choosing Founders Classical Academy, our families choose a very particular kind of place. To honor the choice that they make, we promise to treat our students’ education as an end in itself. We promise to help them learn to be virtuous, not just credentialed. We promise to educate them to be thinkers, not merely to train them for a particular profession. We promise to challenge them to help them see what they are capable of. We promise to pursue the truth boldly. We promise to help our students know themselves and to help them cultivate their minds and their characters in accordance with virtue.
Dr. Kathleen O’Toole