Soirée School Guide: Founders Classical Academy of West Little Rock

School History

Founders Classical Academy, founded as Quest Middle School, seeks to provide an excellent and distinctive classical education.

Mission Statement

“Founders Classical Academies seek to provide an excellent and distinctive classical education that pursues knowledge, promotes virtue and prepares students for prosperous lives in a free society.”

Learning Environment & Curriculum

Founders takes a classical approach to education characterized by a traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum and whole-group teaching methodology with an orientation towards truth, beauty and goodness.

Founders Classical Academy

The Classical pathway offers students the opportunity to receive a fully classical education in grades 9-12 which prepares them not only for college, but also for prosperous lives in a free society. Highlights of our program include courses in Western Civilization, Latin, Moral Philosophy, and Senior Thesis.

Founders Collegiate Academy

The Collegiate pathway offers students who qualify an opportunity for accelerated learning in the core areas and the ability to take concurrent courses leading them toward an associates degree in the programs of:

  • Community Leadership / Public Service / Teaching
  • Business and Computer Science
  • Liberal Arts

Innovative & Creative Teaching Methods

We use timeless pedagogy to cultivate excellent habits of mind and character.

Campus & Facilities

We have a small, individualized campus setting that nonetheless has a fully-equipped art studio, science lab and EAST lab. We also partner with local organizations such as Metro Career-Tech Center to provide career and technical education options for our students.


As an open-enrollment charter school, we do not require tuition. We provide a full free and reduced lunch program.

Extracurricular Activities

Chess Club, Board Game Club, Basketball, Soccer, Track & Field, Drama Club, Student Council, BETA Club, Lego Club

Honors and Awards

Nominated for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Best of the Best 2021 for Best Charter School. Founders has a 100% college acceptance rate.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring is available for middle school and high school on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Melissa Muse

Headmaster: Melissa Muse
Year established: 2014
Grades served: K-2, 6-12
Current enrollment: 125
Tuition range: $0 (Public Charter School)
School motto: Scientia, virtus, libertas
Important dates: Open enrollment for 2022-2023 opens on Nov. 1.

1815 Rahling Road, Little Rock

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