The Art of Teaching, by Gilbert Highet

Over the summer our faculty read The Art of Teaching, by Gilbert Highet. Originally published in 1950, the book is full of valuable advice about how to prepare for classes and use assignments effectively, and a beautiful discussion of what it means to be a teacher. Highet says that parents are a child’s first and… Continue reading The Art of Teaching, by Gilbert Highet

Learning the Ukelele in 8th Grade Music

This afternoon, our 8th graders practiced transitions between ukelele chords in Mr. Stiglich’s Music class. In the upper school, fine arts education includes theory and appreciation, but also practice. A student who completes the Core Knowledge music curriculum can read music, compose his or her own songs, sing, and play the recorder and ukulele.

Ballroom Dancing in Grammar School PE

October 2017 In PE, Coach White and Coach Jones are teaching ballroom dancing to our students. A couple of weeks ago I watched from the bleachers as each of our our 5th grade boys confidently and politely asked a girl to dance, then led her on to the floor. Our girls learned how to accept… Continue reading Ballroom Dancing in Grammar School PE

Our Visit from Hillsdale College

October 17, 2017 Dear Founders Classical Academy Community, Here we are in the beginning of our fourth year as a school. It is a joyful time to be associated with Founders Classical Academy. As I walk the halls and visit classrooms each day I am filled with pride in our students and our community. I… Continue reading Our Visit from Hillsdale College

Welcome, Ms. Loy, Assistant Headmaster of Academic Affairs

Dear Founders Families, As we begin the new school year and prepare for the return of our students, I am pleased to share some exciting news with you. Ms. Tabitha Loy is stepping up to serve as our new Assistant Headmaster of Academic Affairs. Many of you know Ms. Loy well; she was a 4th… Continue reading Welcome, Ms. Loy, Assistant Headmaster of Academic Affairs

On the Sciences in Classical Education

Dear parents, Students and parents new to classical education are often led astray by the misconception that a classical school emphasizes the humanities over the sciences. At Founders we believe that a true classical school must provide a well-rounded education, and that in teaching students to pursue knowledge the pursuit of knowledge and mathematical knowledge… Continue reading On the Sciences in Classical Education

The Riggs Program and Homework in K-6th

Dr. O’Toole’s Welcome Address Grammar School Curriculum Night September 2016 Welcome to our third year. Our little school has come so far since our founding in 2014, and I am looking forward to building further upon the strong foundation we have laid together. Tonight I’d like to talk with you about the Riggs program, which… Continue reading The Riggs Program and Homework in K-6th