The Founders Academy Admission Policy
Admissions Policy Overview
Founders Academy is an open enrollment, public school. New
Hampshire applicants who meet the school’s admission criteria may apply.
The school may accept out-of-state students at a fee to be set
annually, on a space available basis.
The criteria for admission are listed below:
The applicant will have successfully completed the school year
preceding admission with credits or creditable work in all core
subjects with verification of last grade completed by
the sending school district or Department of Education.
The applicant demonstrates an interest in one of the core focus areas
of leadership, in-depth studies of U.S. and World History, U.S. and
Classic Literature, Business and Entrepreneurship, Finance, Law,
Ethics, Rhetoric and Debate:
- Academic Survey from Founders Admissions Application
- Optional portfolio
- Documented projects/experiments
- Membership in various extracurricular activities
The applicant and his/her parent/guardian will agree to the mission of
the school, its policies, program, and expectations.
seeking enrollment must complete Founders’ application process
which includes completion of the application package, taking a
placement test, and attending an information session.
Application Related Dates and Public Notification
application deadline will be set and publicly posted by the start
of each academic year for admission to Founders in the following
This information will be made public in the following venues:
- Founders website
- A New Hampshire state-wide newspaper
- At two local libraries
- Notification sent by email to all current Founders families
The application will be available online and will include what is necessary to meet the Founders Charter and NH State requirements.
applicant is required to complete a Placement Test for
mathematics and Language Arts. The results will determine where an
applicant should be placed within Founders' curriculum as well as
whether the student has competencies that they should acquire
prior to attending Founders. The results of this test will be made available to the applicant’s parents/guardians.
individual meeting with the Founders Admissions Committee or designated
staff is recommended for any applicant who scores below the
competency level set for the test. It is recommended the applicant
and at least one parent/guardian is present at the
applicant and one parent/guardian is required to attend one of two information sessions held during the year. They are posted on the school website each year.
there are more applicants that have successfully completed the
Application Process than available spaces in any grade or program, a
lottery will be conducted according to Founders' charter. Each
applicant will be counted as one entry into the lottery. The
lottery will be conducted at Founders by an adult who is unaffiliated
with Founders and who has no child applying to attend.
The following exceptions will apply on a space-available basis, in the following order:
- Children of The Founders Academy founders (up to four spaces on a first-come, first-served basis)
- Siblings of current Founders students who are New Hampshire residents
- Children of current Founders employees (up to five spaces on a first-come, first -served basis)
- Children of current Founders board members (up to five spaces on a first-come, first-served basis)
who are not admitted from the lottery will be placed on a
wait list in the order their names are drawn, according to grade or
program. Should an opening otherwise occur, placement will
be offered based on waiting list order. Once the school year has begun,
applicants requesting to transfer to Founders will be invited to
complete an application package and once successfully
completed, will be placed at the bottom of the wait list
according to grade or program.
the discretion of Founders Admissions and conforming to all elements of
this policy, Admissions may be reopened prior to the beginning of
the academic school year, if it is anticipated openings will become
available in any grade level for which a wait list does not