Dr. O’Toole’s New Position

Dear Founders families, I am pleased to tell you I have been offered a position at Hillsdale College leading the efforts of the Barney Charter School Initiative and the College’s other programs in K-12 education. I have decided to accept that position, and that means that this will be my last year at Founders Classical… Continue reading Dr. O’Toole’s New Position

How We Hire Classical Teachers

Every year in February, we travel to the frozen north for the Hillsdale College Classical Schools Job Fair. This year there were dozens of classical schools in attendance--both private Christian schools and charter schools--from all across the country. After a day-long conference with our fellow Headmasters in the Barney Charter School Initiative, Ms. Loy and… Continue reading How We Hire Classical Teachers

The Class of 2018 on their First Semester of College

Last Friday was our annual alumni visit day. Students from our first two graduating classes came back to campus to speak to parents and current high schoolers about what college is like. So many of our graduates returned to Founders to spend the day with us--they sat in on classes, ate lunch in the cafeteria,… Continue reading The Class of 2018 on their First Semester of College

Teaching Robert’s Rules to our High School Students

Yesterday afternoon Mr. King, the chairman of our Archers Council parent organization, stopped by to give our head boys and head girls a quick lesson in Robert's Rules of Order. These students lead the houses of Beethoven, Da Vinci, Euclid, Herodotus, Shakespeare, and Newton, working with the rest of the upper school to plan dances… Continue reading Teaching Robert’s Rules to our High School Students

Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Our Fall Play

For the past semester, a group of our middle and high school students have been spending their afternoons rehearsing Shakespeare's The Tempest. This weekend they had their final performance at our first ever theater competition, hosted by Meridian World School. Competing against Meridian and Gateway Academy, our theater students won numerous awards, represented our school… Continue reading Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Our Fall Play

A Note About our New GPA Scale

Dear parents, I am writing with some information about the new grading scale, which you will notice on Quarter 1 report cards for students in 2nd-9th grade. Since the first grade reports for the year just came out, I thought a brief explanation of why the grading scale is changing, and how it affects our… Continue reading A Note About our New GPA Scale

Some Unplanned Kindergarten Portraits at Recess

Kindergarten is so funny, especially in October. The other day I walked out to recess with my camera, something which happens once in a while and which is always exciting to the students because they know that the pictures sometimes make it into the yearbook. Students in the grammar school who have been with us… Continue reading Some Unplanned Kindergarten Portraits at Recess

FAQs from Curriculum Nights 2018

Thank you, Founders  families, for joining us at our Grammar and Upper School Curriculum Nights last month. Spending some time with you as the school year is beginning is a real pleasure for us, and we think there's no better way to get our students started on the right foot. I thought it would be… Continue reading FAQs from Curriculum Nights 2018

“Begetting Wonder”: Education in an Age of Irony, by Dr. David Whalen

"Appreciate literary irony, but do not attempt to live ironically. Remain—or become—susceptible to wonder and awe, not for sentimental and anti-intellectual reasons but for reasons quite the reverse. Wonder is to be cultivated because it is the necessary antecedent to all genuine intellectual growth, and essential for an adult life lived intelligently, comprehensively." - Dr. Whalen at Second Annual Commencement Ceremony