Please click below for more information about classical education and our curriculum.

The Barney Charter School Initiative

Founders Classical Academy of Leander is a member of Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative. To learn more about the mission of the Barney Charter School Initiative, please visit 

Barney Charter School Initiative Seminars

If you would like to learn more about classical education, recordings from the Barney Charter School Initiative’s summer seminars are an excellent place to begin.

Online Course: A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education

This Hillsdale College online course outlines the traditional understanding of education and considers some essential elements of classical education in the K-12 setting.

The Core Knowledge Foundation

The Core Knowledge Sequence forms the backbone of our curriculum in Grades K-8, though we make additions and improvements to the curriculum in some subjects. You may find the website of the Core Knowledge Foundation informative.

Please take a look at these documents especially:

The Riggs Program

The Riggs program is the cornerstone of the curriculum in the early Grammar School years. Learning to read is the most important thing a child does in the first years of school. If you would like to help your child learn to read at home, please spend about 30 minutes each evening reading great literature to your child. Learning to love books, and reading books that tell wonderful stories, is an essential part of a young child’s education. Parents, please don’t be afraid to read books to your child, rather than with your child. Reading books that are above a child’s reading level often means hearing better stories, and more advanced books will also improve a child’s vocabulary. We will teach your children to read at school, and you can help them learn to love literature at home.


The book below will help you learn even more about the rules of English spelling:

The ABC’s and All Their Tricks: The Complete Reference Book of Phonics and Spelling, by Margaret M. Bishop

Click below to download the 71 Riggs phonogram cards so that you can practice writing and pronunciation at home. The link below will take you to a Dropbox file. If you click “Download,” you can open the file in Microsoft PowerPoint, where the sound will be enabled.

Orton Cards #1-71 with sound

It is very important that students learn to pronounce the phonograms correctly. In class, we teach students to pay attention to the shapes their mouths make when they are saying the sounds. The videos below are an excellent way to learn the correct pronunciations by hearing and seeing.

Phonograms #1-26 with Mrs. Kardatzke
Phonograms #27-55 with Mrs. Furno
Phonograms #56-71 with Mrs. Kardatzke

Singapore Math
A free website for math facts practice.

Wheelock’s Latin

More information coming soon.

Looking for a quick and easy way to review the parts of speech, or even more complicated grammar topics like sentence diagramming? English Grammar Revolution by Elizabeth O’Brien is a great place to begin. The website is full of helpful exercises and videos.

English Grammar Revolution