Modern education for a
modern world.

Learner-driven education for heroes from 6 to 14 years.

Acton Academy is a new initiative that seeks to change the way we think about school.

OUR PROMISES TO YOUR CHILD

He or she will:

  1. Begin a Hero’s Journey

  2. Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.

  3. Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.

  4. Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.

  5. Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.

Is Acton Academy for your family?

Join the Unschooling Revolution

Traditional School Wasn’t Getting what our children needed For today’s world… So We Started One That does.

Want to learn more?

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT US

“We believe each person who enters Acton Academy will find a calling that changes the world.”

-Forbes.

“Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world.”

-Getting Smart.

ABOUT ACTON ACADEMY

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO FACT MEMORIZATION AND STANDARDIZED TESTS?

We are transforming education

We believe that each person is a hero capable of changing the world. Our mission is to find the vocation, provide the tools, and generate the momentum to be able to help. Check how Acton is transforming education in this independent, award-winning documentary.

At Acton Academy

  • We have Guides NOT teachers.

  • We have Studios NOT classrooms.

  • We use Socratic questions and do NOT lecture.

  • We have Portfolios and Exhibitions NOT grades.

  • We have Contracts and Covenants NOT homework.

  • Our students find their OWN real-world Apprenticeships.

  • We build our curriculum around EACH individual’s Hero’s Journey.

A schooling model for every family

Modern circumstances have made us rethink how we approach education during hard times.

We know every family’s situation is different so we adapted to different models to cater to every need.

ON SITE SOUTH MIAMI CAMPUS

Join us for an unlearning experience at our South Miami Campus.

HYBRID MODEL

A Hybrid Model that allows you to mix and match virtual and Onsite learning.

TRY FOR FREE

We understand Acton isn’t the right fit for everyone

This is why we let families attend Acton for a Free Week Trial, so we get to know each other and asses if Acton is the right choice for you and your family.

What is school actually for?

When was the last time we actually stopped to ask ourselves THIS question?

Childhood should be about the discovery of self. Acton Academy is a place where kids are free to be kids… while still learning how to be kind, passionate, and powerful individuals capable of going out and changing the world.

Get a copy of Courage to Grow for Free

Learn about what makes Acton Academy different by going through COURAGE TO GROW, a fast, engaging read is the best account of how our learner-driven studios operate written by Acton Academy founder Laura A. Sandefer.

ORDER THE BOOK HERE

Or request a Free eBook or physical copy from us.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

10+ years of experience and 200+ campuses worldwide

We are a non-traditional cooperative community that thrives for curiosity

HOW TO ENROLL?

We recommend taking these four steps to enroll in Acton:

Book a Call

Book an initial 15-30 minute QA call to get to know each other and schedule a Campus Tour & get a free copy of Courage to Grow as well as an info kit.

BOOK A CALL

Get a Campus Tour

During our campus visit, we will show you around as well as have a more in-depth conversation about what Acton is about.

SCHEDULE A TOUR

Complementary Week

We believe the best way to understand Acton is to see it first-hand. So we offer a complimentary week where you and your family will be able to observe and experience everything Acton has to offer.

SCHEDULE A FREE WEEK

Year Long Enrollment

If you have gone through the audition process and you believe we are the right fit, you are ready to join our tribe.

The next step is to fill the application and bring some basic enrollment requirements within the next 30 days. We accept enrollments any time of the year.

OR TAKE OUR SELF ASSESSMENT TEST TO SEE IF ACTON IS FOR YOU

OUR CORE VALUES

What does a self-actualized person look like?

According to research, the healthiest, happiest, and most joyful people have:

  • Sense of autonomy.
  • Skills of adaptability, leadership, and personal management.
  • A sense of meaning or purpose greater than oneself.
  • A positive and healthy connection with others.
  • A positive and healthy connection with themselves (mind, body, spirit).
  • A positive and healthy connection with nature.
  • Experiences in states of FLOW.

What if the educational model was designed to cultivate all aspects of flourishing?

OUR FOUR PILLARS OF EDUCATION

Master the foundations of reading, writing, and math.

Example:

Instead of one-size-fits-none teacher lectures …

… Self-paced mastery of 3rd-grade math with cutting-edge personalized technology and peer mentoring.

Hands-on projects to master the skills needed to solve real-world problems

Example:

Instead of memorizing the periodic table …

… You are an ER doctor in a 6-week simulation.

You learn the processes, tools, decision trees, and facts to triage patients. On the final-day Exhibition, parents come with prepared “diseases.” You can order an MRI, an X-ray, etc., paying for each. The winner of the simulation is the ER doc who saves the most lives (correct diagnoses) for the lowest cost.

Hands-on projects to master the skills needed to solve real-world problems.

Example:

Instead of memorizing the periodic table …

… You are an ER doctor in a 6-week simulation.

You learn the processes, tools, decision trees and facts to triage patients. On the final-day Exhibtion, parents come with prepared “diseases.” You can order an MRI, an X-ray, etc., paying for each. The winner of the simulation is the ER doc who saves the most lives (correct diagnoses) for the lowest cost.

Develop habits and character traits that make an abundant, fulfilling life.

Example:

Instead of schools designed to minimize behavior problems …

… Young people learn to lead by doing so, with Servant Leader Badges celebrating the most important milestones, like:

>Leading a conflict resolution discussion.

>Developing a mentor relationship with a personal hero.

>Completing deliberate practice of a skill you want to develop.

>Mentoring a team from a younger studio.

>Leading a team in accomplishing a big goal.

>Mastering a productivity skill like the urgent-important matrix.

Curious about our campus? Book a Tour.

Launch your Hero’s Journey

Find a calling; change the world.

The Socratic Method

Critical thinking skills and forging character.

A Learner Driven Community

Serious commitments; genuine relationships; authentic accountability

Powerful interactive technology

Self paced learning for Reading, Writing and Math.

What thought leaders have to say about us

Seth Godin, Author & Business Excecutive

“The first rule of Acton Academy: If a kid asks you a question, you are NOT allowed to answer them. A question I would ask an employer is if they’d rather hire someone who has practiced how to look research and solve problems for 12 years or someone who asks for instructions.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, Entrepreneur

“This is the kind of school I wish I had as a kid, to grow up super entrepreneurial.”

Tom Van der Ark, CEO of Getting Smart

“Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world. The story behind the ideas, Acton Academy, and the movement behind Courage to Grow makes it a must-read.”

Do You Believe That LEARNING TO DO And LEARNING TO BE Is More Important Than Tests, Teachers, And Homework?

It’s Time To Help Students Take Education Back Into Their Own Hands

ARE YOU READY TO START YOUR JOURNEY?

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