Curriculum

Curriculum

The Founders Academy Mission
“Teaching and learning at The Founders Academy will draw upon proportions of instructional time to direct teaching for the acquisition of organized knowledge, coaching for the development of intellectual skills (includes cooperative and project based learning), and Socratic seminars and Harkness Method for increased understanding of ideas and values.”  -- The Founders Academy Charter

Introduction
All Founders students participate in a Round Table character and leadership curriculum that meets for 30 minutes each day.  Building Character, Knowing our History, Honoring our Heroes, Guarding our Liberty and Exercising Leadership are among the topics addressed in Round Table.

Middle School Round Table
5th - 6th Grade Round Table Description
7th - 8th Grade Round Table Description

Middle School Curriculum
Curriculum for Grades 5 - 8 follows both grade level College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) and Founders Competencies as outlined in individual course syllabi.

Fifth grade students are instructed by two-teacher teams in a project based and interdisciplinary curriculum. The teams consist of a humanities teacher (English and History) and a STEM teacher (Science, Math and Technology). Students also are instructed in  music, art, and physical education in an integrated learning environment.

In Grades 6 - 8, the curriculum contains a progression of grade level standards and outcomes in the core subject areas of History, English, Math and Science which meet daily. All sixth grade students will take PE/Health. Language, Art, Tech and Band or Chorus are separate classes that meet for 1 to 5 blocks per week.


Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Round Table

6th Grade Round Table

7th Grade Round Table

8th Grade Round Table


English

Ancient Literature;


English Skills 6 

European Literature (½ year);


Logic (½ year)

American Literature I


History

Ancient Cultures;


Geography (½ year)

Western Civilization

U.S. History I


Math

Math 1;


Math Skills

Math 2



Math 3

Science

Science 1;

Science Skills/Health (½ year)

Science 2

Science 3

Art

Art 6 

Art 7 (½ year)

Art 8 (½ year)



Music

Band 1 

OR 

Chorus 1 

OR

Band 1 and Chorus 1 

Band 2

OR 

Chorus 2

OR

Band and Chorus (5-7 blocks)

Band 2 or 3

OR 

Chorus 2 or 3

OR

Band and Chorus (5-7 blocks)

Tech/
Business

Tech 6

MSCS (½ year)

MSCS (½ year)

World Language


NONE

Foundations of French 1

OR

Foundations of Spanish 1

Foundations of French 2

OR

Foundations of Spanish 2

Other

PE 6 

NONE

NONE




High School Curriculum

The Founders Academy high school is offering the following course by department for the 2022-2023 school year. The list of elective courses for 2022-2023 is presented below the table.

Twenty-six (26) credits are required for graduation.

Students must complete the "Senior Project" 0.5 credit course. The senior project requirement can be satisfied by an outside internship, entrepreneurship endeavor, community service involvement, work with or creation of a non-profit organization, public service, business creation, or other creative project approved by the administration.

 


Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Round Table

High School Round Table

High School Round Table

High School Round Table

High School Round Table

English

HS Composition (½ year);


Rhetoric (½ year)

American Literature II-A & II-B

OR

Modern World Literature - A & B

Modern World Literature - A & B

OR

American Literature II-A & II-B

English Electives

History

Civics and Leadership

U.S. History II-A & II-B

OR

Modern World History - A & B

Modern World History - A & B

OR

U.S. History II-A & II-B

History Electives



Math

Algebra I or

 Integrated Algebra & Geometry A

Geometry or Integrated Algebra and Geometry B

Algebra II

OR

Probability and Statistics




Math/Science Electives

Science


Integrated Physical Sci.


Biology

Science Elective

(Most students take Chemistry)


Fine Arts

Band 2, 3, or 4
AND/OR

Chorus 2, 3, or 4

AND/OR

Art I + Art II (or Ceramics I)



Fine Arts Electives

(Optional)



Fine Arts Electives

(Optional)



Fine Arts Electives

(Optional)


Tech/
Business



Tech I (½ year)

Personal Finance I (½ year)

AND/OR

Accounting/Entrepr. (½ year)

Economics (½ year)


Ethics (½ year)



Business or Tech Electives

World Language

French I or II

OR

Spanish I or II

French II or III

OR

Spanish II or III


Advanced Lang.

(Optional)

Advanced Lang.

(Optional)

Other



HS Health (if not completed through VLACS)

Senior Project;


PE I and PE II (if not completed through alternate means);

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