Founders Classical Academy Schertz is planning to open in August 2016 on the north east side of San Antonio, and is holding parent interest meetings on November 17 & 19, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Founders Classical Academy is a network of public, open-enrollment charter schools that offer tuition-free, classical education. There are five campuses in Texas and one in Arkansas, with plans for growth; for now, the closest campus to San Antonio is Founders Classical Academy Leander, on the north side of Austin. Founders Classical Academy is part of the ResponsiveEd group of charter schools, which offers a range of school models to serve many populations of students. Other ResponsiveEd schools in San Antonio include Premier High School and the Foundation School for Autism.
One of the greatest strengths of Founders Classical Academy is its partnership with the Barney Charter School Initiative at Hillsdale College, a prestigious Great Books higher education program. That partnership has helped Founders Classical Academy to define its vision of classical education as a continuation of the traditions of Western civilization.
I recently spoke with Scott Davis, the National Director of Classical Schools for ResponsiveEd, about the Founders Classical Academy model. He stressed that Founders Classical Academy serves all types of students, including English-language learners, students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and students with special needs. The curriculum at Founders Classical Academy meets all state requirements, but has a special emphasis on history and grammar, offers Latin and Ancient Greek as languages, and leads students on a journey through the reading of the Great Books. Students will challenge themselves by discussing issues of right and wrong, and to reach for the virtues of courage, prudence, and self-control.
To help introduce the Founders Classical Academy model to San Antonio families, the team at Founders Classical Academy Schertz is holding two parent interest meetings this week:
- Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The meetings will be held at the future campus, a former school building that will be renovated and (eventually) expanded, at 8453 E. 1518 North, Schertz, Texas 78154 (map).
The new campus will start with grades K-7, with an additional grade to be added every year; the mature campus will serve grades K-12. The enrollment period for the 2016-17 school year will begin on December 7, 2015.
The classical education movement is experiencing a period of growth, as described in “The resurgence of classical education”, John J. Miller, National Review, October 19, 2015. San Antonio families have several choices of public, private, and homeschool classical education programs:
- Great Hearts Texas is a network of classical education charter schools that has two campuses in San Antonio, Great Hearts Monte Vista and Great Hearts Northern Oaks, with plans to grow.
- Legacy Traditional Schools (earlier post) is applying for a Texas charter and plans to open a campus on the north west side of San Antonio in August 2017.
- Regina Caeli (earlier post) is a private, Catholic, hybrid-model school that offers classical education for families who want the best of homeschooling and private school.
- Geneva School of Boerne offers private, Christian, classical education.
- Classical Conversations supports classical education for homeschoolers and has several active groups in the San Antonio area.
These programs are all part of the classical education movement, but there are significant differences among their learning models and school cultures. You are welcome to join the friendly conversation at San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to ask questions of parents with first-hand experience.
Let’s welcome Founders Classical Academy Schertz to our area and to the community of classical educators in San Antonio.