From Founders Families

Almost three years at FCA and there has been every possible emotion, except one. Regret. FCA has it right. You do a great job. Actually, it goes far beyond great. The kids learn, excel, and rise to the many challenges FCA presents. Three years into FCA, we have a good routine now. We know what to expect from FCA and we know what to expect from our kids. My number one rule now? We guide them. That is it. As parents, it is hard to step back and let the kids do it or figure it out. But they should be doing it on their own! Thank you, FCA.

Mrs. Otto Four students at FCA Leander

Founders Leander in the News

KVUE (ABC News), “Leander School Believes Active Bodies Encourage Active Minds”

The school, which teaches kindergarten through 11th, balances physical activity with a rigorous curriculum. Kindergarten through second grade has three recess breaks each day, about 15 minutes each. There is also a 30 minute physical education class daily. Headmaster Kathleen O’Toole said the key to success is more than just classroom time.

Carine Martinez-Gouhier, “Amplify Choice: Supporting School Choice is Being ‘Pro-Children'”

I had the opportunity to visit Founders Classical Academy. Dr. Kathleen O’Toole, headmaster of the charter school, kindly gave me a tour of several classrooms. The education there is a classical education and includes Latin. The curriculum is more demanding than in other schools, but Founders Classical believes in its children and considers challenges tend to motivate them. The first thing that struck me was the organization of the tables: all facing the teacher, theater-style, something I had last seen in France. The students, from kindergarten to grade 10, were barely distracted by us entering the room: they were focused on their teachers; they enjoyed the class and the lesson.

Senator Ted Cruz, “School Choice a Gateway of Opportunity for Children”

Mr. and Mrs. Cid have five children, and when Founder’s Classical Academy, a public charter school, opened this past August, they were excited to have a free option for their three eldest kids to receive a quality education. “The teachers and the curriculum make the difference,” Mrs. Cid explains. “All of my kids have grown a lot and been challenged, and if we had to pay I wouldn’t be able to send them there.” Their fourth son is on the kindergarten waitlist, along with more than 700 applicants for roughly 50 spots.

Amelia Hamilton, “Hillsdale Charter Schools Are Exemplar of Classical Education and School Choice in Action”

[Founders Classical Academy] is open to all students and, “anyone can be successful at this school,” said [Headmaster Kathleen] O’Toole. The education is more rigorous or demanding than traditional public education, but this  focus on “developing the right habits…can benefit any child.”

Dr. Susan Berry, “Hillsdale College’s Charter School Initiative and the Reformation of Classical Public Education”

“But there are great charter schools that are thriving right now and which prove that a public education can be great and that parents are quite capable of reviving an important civic institution: the public school,” Moore said. “Frankly, this is an opportunity for public-spirited people who want to follow in the moral, political, and educational tradition of the Founding Fathers to prove themselves.”