House System

To involve the entire upper school in the important task of self-government, to build camaraderie, and to encourage our students to strive in all they do, Founders Classical Academy of Leander founded the house system in the spring of 2015.

All upper school students were sorted into one of six different houses, each led by one faculty house mentor. Each house took its name from an important figure from our liberal arts curriculum. These thinkers were chosen from among the best to represent greatness in their field and in the liberal arts, and to display the excellence of thought and curiosity that we wish to see in our own best students.

The Six Houses of Founders Classical Academy

Mentor: Dr. McIntyre
Color: burgundy

William Shakespeare
Mentor: Mr. Peterson
Color: imperial purple

Sir Isaac Newton
Mentor: Mrs. Walley
Color: golden yellow

Mentor: Ms. O’Brien
Color: emerald green

Leonardo Da Vinci
Mentor: Mr. Lyon
Color: cerulean

Ludwig van Beethoven
Mentor: Ms. Miller
Color: fuschia

A student’s house assignment is permanent, and he or she shares it with siblings. At the end of the 6th grade year, the rising upper school students are inducted into the Upper School and given their house assignments in a special ceremony.

Each house is governed by a faculty house mentor, a head boy and head girl, and a class representative for each grade. During the year, the students in the house work together to plan one school event and one service project to benefit the school or the surrounding community.

At the end of each semester, the six houses compete against each other in a series of academic and athletic competitions called the Archer Games. Students earn points for their house when they show virtue in the classroom and the athletic field, and they will lose points for their house when they earn Poor Behavior Slips and Pink Slips.

Victory in the Archer Games carries with it honor, glory, and a bronze plaque on the Archer Award, an oak trophy which is presented to the winning house at the end of each year. For the current standings in the Archer Games, please visit the trophy case in Building 3. The results are updated there each week.