School Profile

The Founders Academy Public Charter School


5 Perimeter Road 

Manchester, New Hampshire 03103

Phone: 603-952-4705

Fax: 603-624-0057

CEEB Code: 300002

School Counselor:

Jackie Meilleur

Cassie Hayes - Dean of School

Greg McKenzie - Registrar

School and Community:

The Founders Academy is a public charter school encompassing students from grades 5-12. Located in the urban and industrial city of Manchester, New Hampshire, Founds is approximately 25 miles north of the Massachusetts border. Students from approximately 25 cities and towns throughout New Hampshire make up its diverse economic and cultural population.

Opened in September 2014, the school continues to grow in student population while also expanding its academic opportunities. With pride, Founders celebrated their first graduating class in June 2019.

Mission & Vision Statement:
The Founders Academy develops leaders who understand and apply the lessons of the past, demonstrate exceptional character and lead by example. The Academy recognizes the importance of balance in the development of the whole person and respects each student's journey. 
Principled leadership is fostered by means of a curriculum of classical studies that includes analyzing the lives of great men and women of history, mining the rich classical ideals of the Western tradition, and tracing the evolution of the precious and costly idea of liberty.


The academic program at The Founders Academy provides a classical education with emphasis on history, leadership, classical literature, and good character. Students are expected to fulfill a requirement of 26 credits in order to graduate from Founders.

Due to the mission being deeply rooted in U.S. History, six of those 26 required credits are history-related courses, leaving graduates with a deeper understanding of our country’s past and the Founding Fathers.

Students typically take 8 classes per semester on a rotating 90-minute block schedule. They are also able to take advantage of our dual-enrollment partnership with Manchester Community College. 


Mastery at The Founders Academy:

Mastery ensures that the goal of a rigorous curriculum and high expectations are maintained at The Founders Academy. We do not simply require that students “pass” a course, but that they “master” the content of each course. This requires them to obtain a grade of 80% or higher. 

Grading System:

Numerical Grade Grade Points

A+ - 98–100% A+ = 4.33 

A – 94-97% A = 4.0 

A- - 90-93% A- = 3.67 

B+ - 87-89% B+ = 3.33 

B – 84-86% B = 3.0 

B- - 80-83% B- = 2.67 

C+ - 77-79% C+ = 2.33 

C – 74-76% C = 2.0 

C- - 70-73% C- = 1.67 

D+ - 67-69% D+ = 1.33 

D – 64-66% D = 1.0 

D- - 60-63% D- = 0.67 

F – 59% and below F = 0

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