FAQ for New Families

Updated:  August 30, 2022 

Welcome to The Founders Academy Public Charter School!
Answers for New Families from Current Parents and Administrators

1. When is Drop Off and Pick Up and How Does it Work?
The school day begins at 7:45am (drop off starts at 7:20am). The school day ends at 3:15pm (pick up ends at 3:30pm). Students arriving and departing by car do so at the back of the building.

Parent / guardian drivers should follow the directional signals of the traffic attendants when loading and unloading vehicles. Bus students (Manchester residents only) are dropped off and picked up at the front of the building.

Student drivers need to fill out this form before driving to school themselves.

A further explanation of the Drop Off and Pick Up procedure.

2. What is the Online Student Portal?
The online student portal is used by teachers to post graded assignments (including homework) as well as grades. Both parent/guardians and students can access the Online Student Portal any time to see completed work, graded work, missing work, direct messages from teachers, and disciplinary incidents. You can find the entryway to the portal here, along with a helpful instructional video. If you have issues with portal access, please contact the school.

3. What is a Course Syllabus and Where can I find it?
Every teacher at The Founders Academy must have a syllabus for each course taught and it is introduced to students the first week of school.

Items in the syllabus include class description, class objectives, suggested supplies, required texts, overview of lessons/assignments, and more.  The syllabus can be found on each teacher's web page in the Staff Directory and in the Google Classrooms. 

4. What is Google Classroom?
At Founders, there are four online ways to communicate: email, portal, Google Classroom, and our website. Each teacher is to have a site on Google Classroom for his/her classes. Within Google Classroom are detailed assignments (but not grades), the teacher's syllabus, and other instructions for the class.

Students are instructed on how to enter Google Classroom and can log-in through their @tfanh.org email addresses.  Parents will receive an email to accept guardian notifications from Google Classroom. After notification preferences are set to either daily, weekly or monthly, parents will receive emails regarding missing and upcoming assignments. Here are some tips about parent notifications from Google Classroom.

5. What is the School's Dress Code?
The school's Dress Code was developed by Student Government. It was recently revised by the Board of Trustees and appears in the Student Handbook. The Dress Code can also be found online here

6. What Summer Assignments and Supplies are Needed to Start School?
Optional summer assignments are posted for students on the school's website. Students can do the assignments posted for the grades they are entering in the fall. Middle School students have a required reading list found here. Additional supplies for Middle and High School students will be assigned by individual teachers and found within a specific class syllabus.

7. Where Can I Find Out What's Going On?
Founders uses its website for updates, its official Facebook Group, Twitter account (@foundersnh), email, portal and Google Classrooms to communicate. Additionally, there is an online calendar of events on the school's website here. Each Friday, the Dean sends out a Parent / Guardian Newsletter through email. 

8. Where Can I Go for Questions?
Students and parents need a smooth transition into a new school. We are here to help. General inquiries can be addressed to [email protected] or [email protected]. If your child will be absent from school, please email [email protected].

Teacher emails can be found on the Staff Directory.

Bus inquiries (Manchester students only) should be directed to [email protected].

Of course, you can always call the school at: (603) 952-4705.

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