Frequently Asked Questons
Which grades do you enroll?
Initially, we will enroll kindergarten to 5th grade learners with plans to add an additional grade each year. We may enroll learners that are sightly older or younger on a case by case basis.
Is Acton religous?
Who was Lord Acton?
What do you mean by a hero's journey?
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.
What is an "independent learner"?
Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don’t know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.
What is a "running partner"?
Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.
What do you mean by "every child can change the world"?
We believe each of our heros will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people’s day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero’s Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people’s lives.
Why do you focus on teaching the "American Experiment"?
We believe in liberty and justice and the ideals of the American revolution as the cornerstones of civilization. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them, as we examine other cultures and forms of government.
Will children be grouped into grades?
We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age. In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in groups.
Does Acton have resources for children with special needs?
We take our commitment seriously when we promise to deliver a transformative education experience for young people. Since we are a learning center, we make sure that we have the resources necessary to keep this promise for each family that joins us. We will consider accepting heroes with ADD/ADHD, specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, and some minor forms of autism on a case by case basis.
Does Acton Academy prepare my child for college?
Our promise at Acton Academy is to have students well prepared for any selective university where they can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance. Universities are changing so rapidly that it’s difficult to imagine what a college education will look like in ten years. Many colleges still place a great deal of importance on standardized test, which are simple to improve on once you understand basic test taking tricks. Once your student gets over the test taking barrier at the university of their choice, their transcript, portfolio, and critical thinking skills will be a big boost during the application and interviewing process. Most importantly, students will be well prepared to shine in the real world, whether they choose to go to college full time, part time, or not at all. If you would like, we can email you a sample transcript and portfolio.
How does Acton ensure a high quality learning environment?
Deep at the core of Acton Academy is our commitment to serving customers and receiving transparent feedback. Because of this, we ask families to participate in a bi-weekly Customer Satisfaction Survey, where we ask them to rate us 1-5 on how well we accomplished our promises. We then share the results with the community. These surveys are our most important metric to measure the success of the learning community.