Opening August 2019
Spark (5-8 years old) and Discovery (8-12 years old)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MAY I VISIT CAMPUS OR GET A TOUR?
Currently we do not offer tours, if you are interested in getting an invitation for the next informative session please apply here.
WHAT GRADES DO YOU OFFER?
Starting in August 2019 we will open 2 studios
Spark - ages 5 to 8 years old
Discovery - ages 8 to 12 years old
In August 2020 we will open middle school and later on we will offer high school.
IS THE ACTON ACADEMY A MONTESSORI SCHOOL?
We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy but, we are not a Montessori school. We also use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.
HOW LONG IS ACTON ACADEMY IN SESSION EACH YEAR?
We operate on an eleven month calendar, typically with five to seven-week “sprints” followed by a week off. Our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.
IS ACTON A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL?
While we expose children to the importance of mindfulness, ethical principles, and the significance of religion in history and the development of society we are not a religious program. We value and respect each individual’s beliefs.
WHO WAS LORD ACTON?
Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." At the Acton Academy, we celebrate his defense of economic, political and religious freedom.
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 DO YOU MEAN BY 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.
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 SERVE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN?
We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities but the system has been able to serve young heroes that are able to work independently.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "EVERY CHILD CAN CHANGE THE WORLD"?
We believe each of our students 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.
DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
A small number of need-based scholarships are available annually based on a detailed socio-economic analysis and family exchange agreement with Acton San Pedro.
WHAT IS A "LEARNER DRIVEN CLASSROOM"?
The students run the studio by agreeing together what their rules are for behavior and treatment of one another. They are provided with appropriate guidance throughout this process. Often, these are revised by the students as they work through challenges and discover better ways of interacting with one another.
Students also budget their time and choose their areas of focus for the day and adjust these based on their performance. We believe strongly that students achieve more when they have control of their learning.
WHY A LEARNER DRIVEN CLASSROOM?
We encourage kids to take responsibility for their own behavior and hold those around them to a high standard. When something isn’t working, we want our students to work together to solve the problem, not look for an adult to solve it for them. This creates a sense of independence and confidence that will serve them well in all areas of life.
IS ACTON ACADEMY ACCREDITED?
Yes the program is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools.
HOW DO YOU USE TECHNOLOGY?
We believe in the power of balance. Using the incredible, self-paced eLearning tools now available, we are able to provide what they need for learning math, reading and writing in about 90 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning and socratic discussions.