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Classical Education

A Classical, Liberal Arts Education

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.

We are a liberal arts school where goodness and truth are pursued for their own sake, and where the humanities, the sciences, and the arts are taught together as part of a complete and harmonious whole.

For more information about our approach to math, science, literature, history, Latin, the fine arts, and physical education, please visit The Classical Classroom, a blog from Dr. O'Toole, the founding Headmaster of Founders Classical Academy of Leander and the Assistant Provost for K-12 Education at Hillsdale College.

For an overview of the curriculum from Kindergarten-12th grade, please visit Our Curriculum pages.


Grammar School

The Grammar School (Kindergarten-6th Grade) curriculum focuses on a solid language arts core, comprised of explicit phonics, handwriting, and grammar, as well as Singapore math and the content-rich Core Knowledge curriculum. The classroom is traditionally structured and teachers provide direct instruction.

Upper School

The Upper School (7th-12th Grade) curriculum instruction focuses on clear and effective written and oral communication. Students read and discuss whole books, study primary sources, prove geometric theorems, and engage in deep scientific investigations. To graduate, all seniors must write a senior thesis and deliver and defend it orally in front of fellow students, members of the faculty, and the Headmaster.