YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
IS THE FOUNDRY ACCREDITED?
Absolutely! The Foundry is accredited for Grades 9-12 by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and has earned their highest classification: "Accredited with Quality."
THE FOUNDRY LOOKS LIKE A TON OF FUN, BUT IS IT A REAL SCHOOL WITH REAL CLASSES?
Yes and yes. Be assured...you will work hard at The Foundry. Classes are real. Teachers are highly qualified. We are a hands-on, project-based learning (and super fun) school, but you will read books, write papers, study diligently, and complete the courses of rigor necessary to enter the college of your choice. The Foundry's modified block schedule on Mondays through Thursdays and its Project Day on Fridays are what allows students the flexibility needed to both work hard and have fun.
WHY ISN'T THE FOUNDRY A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL?
Character matters at The Foundry. It factors into our admissions process and permeates the culture of our school. While virtue is a constant among our students, religious doctrines vary. Rather than espouse a particular religious faith, The Foundry strives to promote character and values and to create an environment that respects the individual beliefs of all of our students.
...THEN WHY DO YOU MEET IN A CHURCH?
In order to keep tuition low while the school is still expanding, the Foundry Board has determined that a church is our best option for a location. We are fortunate that St. Andrew's in the Pines meets the needs of our school and our students.
IS THE FOUNDRY A STEM SCHOOL?
Yes-ish. The Foundry offers a more comprehensive STEM program than any high school around. While other schools may extend STEM to a few select students, our school incorporates it into every class and every project for every student. We understand that, no matter what career field a student pursues, a foundation of STEM is invaluable. That said, The Foundry isn't just for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. We provide a diverse, integrated, and relevant educational experience that meets the needs of all students.
DOES THE FOUNDRY ADMINISTER STANDARDIZED TESTS, SUCH AS GEORGIA MILESTONES?
Nope! The Foundry doesn't "teach to the test," and we don't use Common Core. Learning at The Foundry is real, relevant, and focused on mastery, rather than just grades. Quizzes, tests, and finals are given by teachers in order to gauge whether a student has mastered a subject or whether more work is required.
WHAT ABOUT THE ACT AND SAT?
Great question! The move away from requiring standardized tests for college admission is catching on. Prestigious universities such as Hofstra, George Washington, Smith, Wake Forest, and Wesleyan recognize that a student's potential is measured by more than a test score and have, therefore, become SAT-optional schools. That said, every Foundry student needs to explore different colleges, find the right fit, and understand what it will take to earn admission. Our college and career counselor, faculty, and House leaders are here to support the students in that endeavor! Because an ACT or SAT score is still required at many universities or for dual enrollment, The Foundry also offers an optional test-prep course for students.
ARE UNIFORMS REQUIRED AT THE FOUNDRY?
While The Foundry doesn't require uniforms, we do have a business casual dress code Monday through Thursday. Fridays are project days and, since you may find yourself knee-deep in a creek or forging iron into a unique creation, you're welcome to dress for the occasion!
WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL HOURS?
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
DOES THE FOUNDRY ACCEPT STUDENTS FROM OUTSIDE FAYETTE COUNTY?
Yes, please! Anyone from anywhere is welcome at The Foundry. Our current student body spans a pretty wide radius, and they agree that The Foundry is worth the drive!
ARE PART-TIME STUDENTS ACCEPTED AT THE FOUNDRY?
We do have a part-time option, in which home-schooled students may choose to attend The Foundry on Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday-Friday. In fact, our inaugural class included seven part-time students. Though full-time students receive priority in the admissions process, we do intend to continue this program if space allows. Please note that part-time students must secure their own transcription service, as we are not permitted to transcribe classes taken outside of The Foundry.
WHAT ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS?
They are coming! The Foundry has teamed up with the Georgia GOAL program to help provide financial assistance to students. Need-based scholarships will be available to eligible new students in the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, The Foundry is partnering with local individuals and businesses to provide merit-based scholarships, for which students may apply.