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Hi! My name is Edna N. and I am an 8th-grade student here at The Founders Academy. I enrolled here in sixth grade my first year of middle school and I have stayed ever since growing to love and appreciate all that this school has done for me. The Founders Academy teachers work so hard planning lessons and getting ready for the student to learn new innovative lessons and be in an environment healthy for learning.  The teachers here are very good in the sense that they care for each student and give plenty of chances to grow and learn and become the best you can be. In this school, my experience was that I can easily make friends with kids that share the same interests and goals as I do which has been such a great thing for me. One of the things I love most about Founders is that the mistakes you make don't determine who you are and aren't necessarily something to be shunned and turned away from; they're something to grow and learn from. In conclusion thank you Founders for molding me to be the person I am today.
Posted by mmooney  On Apr 16, 2018 at 1:53 PM
  
The Manchester School of Technology is still accepting applications for the 2-year CTE Program. Such programs are available to Founders Academy sophomores, juniors and seniors. If your student in interested in applying, please complete the application and return to MST as soon as possible, as spots fill-up quickly. Founders Academy is currently working with MST and the Manchester Bus Company to provide busing to MST from Founders for the afternoon session. More information about busing will become available soon. Please call MST directly with questions about any of their programs, 603-624-6490.
Posted by debra.castonguay  On Mar 29, 2018 at 10:54 AM 55 Comments
  
On Wednesday, March 28 the Student Services Department hosted our first Technical-Trade School Fair. A variety of programs and schools were represented including the US Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the American Red Cross, Elliott Hospital, The Thompson School of Applied Science, Empire Beauty School, NH School of Mechanical Trades and the NH Real Estate School. The students mingled amongst the reps, asking questions, and exploring their options for post-secondary education and training. The student’s feedback was positive and we look forward to hosting this type of fair again next year.
Posted by debra.castonguay  On Mar 29, 2018 at 10:53 AM 17 Comments
  
The New England Association for College Admission Counselors is hosting two college fairs. The first is being held at Keene State College on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The second is being held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm as well as Friday, April 13, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Pinkerton Academy is also hosting a college fair on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Posted by debra.castonguay  On Feb 12, 2018 at 9:59 AM 9 Comments
  
Hello, and Welcome to The Founders Academy. If you were like me 2 years ago, you’d probably wondering right now, why would I want to go to Founders Academy. For me the reason I came, was the fact that The Founders Academy offers a unique type of education. One that focus on skills that might be more practical in a business type scenario. In Elementary school you learned to read, write, and to do math. That's good, but in a work environment you need those, but you would also need to know how to publicly speak, just like I am right now, debate things and be able to formulate your opinion verbally. And only The Founders Academy teaches these essential skills to success. After making the decision to come to the Founders Academy, I still had one important question. How would I make friends? Would I be accepted? If you are going into the 6th grade, let me give you a hint, everyone else is asking the same questions. Everyone's a little nervous. This makes it easy to makes friends. Especially in the Founders Academy. You will be coming to school one day before the rest of the grades for a 6th grade day only. So while you are at school take the opportunity to make friends with your fellow 6th graders. If you are starting at The Founders Academy in a grade above 6th grade, what do you do? I was in the same boat when I first came to Founders. What I discovered is that many of the students at Founders, especially in the High School, are extremely friendly. I was approached by many students on my first day and made many friends. From there my new friends introduced my to more people, until I met my entire grade. My choice to go to the Founders Academy was the best decision I’ve made in my life so far, and if I were to give one piece of advice to a new student coming to Founders, I’d tell them to go to one of the summer camp programs that Founders offers, because it will allow you to make friends before the school years starts. Thank you, and goodnight.  -an 8th grade student, given at an Admissions Open House
Posted by mmooney  On Feb 08, 2018 at 10:49 AM 1 Comment
  
Have you ever looked back in your past and realized that one moment in time changed the entire trajectory of where you thought you would go? That’s exactly what happen to bring us to TFA. I love listening to philosophical and apologetic speakers.  Six years ago, I was listening to a gentleman who regularly speaks and answers questions at the most prestigious universities.  He made a comment in passing that he noticed a change with the student population in the last decade. He said less and less students had the skill to make coherent arguments based on facts and that more and more of their arguments were driven by emotion.  That one statement gnawed at me. It led me on a quest to research different teaching styles and I discovered the classical approach to education. Classical education best complements how one naturally learns. Has anyone ever told you about a book they read and then you read the book yourself?  The depth of understanding is vastly different.  In the classical approach, students are actually picking up the great works of history and reading it themselves. Self-discovery provides the student with a connection to the material that just repeating back facts that they are told about something just doesn’t. The students then ask questions, sort and compare what they read, and practice what they are learning through classroom discussions, writing, and speeches. My son started here at TFA in 7th grade. Right away, I saw a noticeable change. My son was excited about what he was learning and was sharing what he was learning with me.  My son loves history. One day, on the way home he  said “I’m finally getting to learn all the details of history I always wanted to know”.  On another day, my son told me his favorite subject was English.  Up until 7th grade he had said he hated English and that it was so boring even though he has always been a strong reader.  He enjoyed English more because TFA has a class dedicated to teaching good writing skills and then a separate class to dig into reading a book and discussing the themes. His math skills have taken a huge leap forward as well. I had him privately tested in 6th grade because we were seeing some holes in the curriculum and his ability to retain the math concepts. He scored slightly below average.  After only a year and a half of Saxon Math, where a new mathematical concept is taught every day while constantly reviewing old concepts, he scored in the 93rd percentile on his PSATs. My favorite change has been his new found ability and desire to verbally express his ideas.  The benefits to the cross-subject integration, repetition, and class discussions cannot be emphasized enough. My daughter started here this year in 6th grade. I can see how TFA uses the 6th grade year to bridge students from where they were previously to slowly integrating them into this new way of learning. It was a huge transition to start middle school in a new school and take on all the responsibility with what comes with that. I can see confidence building as she has learned to navigate middle school as well as take ownership of her work and interactions with students and teachers. The curricular demands have been greater here and she has shown great perseverance in meeting the higher expectations. All the teachers that my kids have had are fantastic. They are each very knowledgeable in their area of expertise. I’ve also experienced and noticed a high level of commitment by the teachers and the staff to the school’s code of conduct. Not only are they are committed to teaching the virtues need to carry liberty forward to the next generation, they are living examples of what it looks like. Was making the decision to come to TFA difficult, yes.  Was there an adjustment, yes. Did we make the right decision, absolutely.  Sometimes the best way to see what you can do is by being challenged and getting out of your comfort zone. -Parent of a 6th and 8th grader.
Posted by mmooney  On Feb 08, 2018 at 10:44 AM
  
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first Technical-Trade School Fair on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 8:15 am to 10:15 am for our High School students. We’ve invited a variety of trade and technical school programs from New Hampshire as well as all branches of the United States military. We are so pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for our students. We also have plans to put together a Career Fair for our Middle School students in the near future. We hope to invite family members, friends and partners of the Founders Academy to share information about their occupation with our students. Stay tuned for the date on that upcoming fair!
Posted by debra.castonguay  On Feb 01, 2018 at 2:05 PM 15 Comments
  
"As a student, I recognize and appreciate when teachers send out their class materials out before late August, as it gives me time to look around at stores, compare prices, and see if there are any sales on the needed supplies. It also allows me to set up what days I can go out and get the materials at my leisure, rather than rushing last minute when a course supplies list was only handed out on the first day of class."  - David B.
Posted by mmooney  On Jan 30, 2018 at 9:49 AM
  
This is The Founders Academy’s fourth year open.  In that time, student lead efforts have shaped the school.  From influencing the curriculum to creating the code of conduct, The Founders Academy works tirelessly to help US shape our own education.   Students have the opportunity to join a variety of different clubs and committees, though the opportunities don’t stop there.  Students can create a new club at any time, and although a faculty adviser is required, there is no shortage of choices.  Support and dedication from the staff means we have an eclectic collection of clubs and committees, there is a list on the website.   The staff care to take the time, even if it means rearranging their schedules to accommodate us.  Staff come in early and leave late.  The Founders Academy ends its day no later than 8:00.  Clubs meet, teachers tutor, and meetings take place at the school.  The staff lead by example, as they tell us how to lead, they work to improve and bolster the work of their students.  Support is a word that is easy to use in relation to teachers, but I have never been in such awe of a staff so dedicated to their students and their student’s success.    The Founders Academy has embraced the idea of student government.  There is a Middle School House of Representatives, and a High School Senate.  Both committees plan events and influence policy at The Founders Academy.  The Senate is responsible for the student Dress Code and the Code of Conduct.  This student government has opportunities to lead and create change.   Around the middle of the year, after midterms, students are asked what electives we would like to see implemented in the future.  We all weigh in to the process that shapes the curriculum.  Specialized classes like AP Psychology and Painting (for college credit) are being offered this year.   I have been with this school for three years, and in that time I have been continually awed by the support and dedication from everyone that passses through our doors.  The school’s mission is to create leaders for the future.  The staff that work here have come together from all over the United States to teach at this school because they believe in the mission.  From Georgia to Colorado to Massachusetts this diverse collection of teachers are here to lead by example and create the leaders of tomorrow.
Posted by mmooney  On Jan 30, 2018 at 9:49 AM
  
The Center for College Planning will also be hosting a Destination College annual college convention for Juniors and their parents at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. “This event is designed to help high school Juniors and their families prepare for entry into college. This annual statewide college preparation convention is held every spring through collaborative efforts between The NHHEAF Network Organizations and New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are FREE to students and parents. Attendees will have access to a variety of free college planning workshops, student keynote speaker and have the opportunity to participate in scholarship raffles and attend a college fair.”
Posted by debra.castonguay  On Jan 26, 2018 at 2:18 PM 11 Comments
  
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