Are you thinking about homeschooling?
Welcome to our learner-driven community of happy, healthy heroes who are ready for the 21st Century.
Montessori environment for children 18 months - 6 years.
Acton Academy method for children 6+ - 11 years old (and growing).
Award-winning. Bilingual. US-Accredited.
18 months - 6+ years
We parents have created an authentic Montessori environment that is guided by the following principles:
If you are interested in joining our community, please contact us via this website.
Acton Discovery Studio
6+ - 11 years old
We parents have created a multi-age studio where we engage learners in Socratic discussion, quest-like adventures and the latest in game-based adaptive computer programs for personalized, deeper integrative learning.
We say NO to: grades, tests, uniforms, traffic jams, homework and boredom.
So we can say YES to: mastery badges, public exhibitions, comfort, self-expression, a later start time, happiness and deep engagement in real-world learning.
Do these ideas excite and scare you? We understand!
But let us reassure you - most learners increase by more than 2 grade levels in their first year using the Acton method, and become much more independent, empowered, kind and responsible.
This is 21st Century learning.
If your family would like to join our community, please contact us via the form on this website.
Acton Agora Studio
12 - 14 years old
Opening August 2017
Acton Launchpad Studio
15 years old - ready to change the world!
Opening August 2019
Acton Academy Play Day
May 18th, 2016
JOY + RIGOR = MASTERY
"Embracing rigor is part of saying 'yes' to a Hero's Journey. Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but the mastery required for a Hero's Journey goes even further, requiring commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal."
The traditional school system was created in 1890. Isn't it time for a change?
Prepare your children for the future - not for the factory.
Most Likely to Succeed
A national campaign to inspire – and empower – communities across the USA to revolutionize their schools for the 21st Century.
An award-winning independent documentary about Acton Academy.
The Learner-Driven Revolution
Jeff Sandefer at SXSW
How traditional education was invented, why it needs to change, and how the Acton model functions.
Changing Education Paradigms
Sir Ken Robinson
A seminal TED talk explaining the current state of education - and why it is being revolutionized.
The Acton Academy mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.
Learn to Be.
Who Am I?
A focus on self-discovery and development gives your child a deep sense of identity, values, security and confidence.
Learn to Do.
What Am I Great At?
Hands-on, project-based quests in Entrepreneurship, Science, Civilization and the Arts prepare your child for real world challenges.
Learn to Learn.
What Is My Calling?
Learning is the most important skill. Our students master this skill so that they are equipped to creatively respond to any challenge.
July 4th, 1776.
15 Septiembre 1821.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About the Acton Community
What is Acton Academy?
Acton Academy was originally started in Austin, Texas by Laura and Jeff Sandefer. They felt that the traditional school system was training their children to tolerate boredom rather than to love learning, to memorize facts instead of think critically, and to submit to authority rather than follow their own hearts' desires.
The Sandefers researched the most cutting-edge, evidence-based, most effective, efficient and fun ways of learning, looking to Heroes such as Maria Montessori, Salman Khan and Sugatra Mitra. They took the best of what they found and combined it into an intentional community of self-directed learners who believe life is more a Hero's Journey than just a career path.
The Acton model in Austin was so successful that they decided to allow other families to replicate it to serve their own children.
Is this MINED approved?
Good question! We are in the process of investigating the requirements of the Ministerio de Educación de El Salvador and will keep you posted. We are fully accredited by the Association of Learner-Driven Communities in Austin, Texas. We can provide students with official transcripts that they can use to seek entry into any school that accepts a US diploma, including in El Salvador.
What is the curriculum?
Our learners learn math, English, Spanish, science, civilization, art, music and physical education, just like at traditional schools, but they do it in a more empowered, self-driven way.
Additionally, they learn about themselves - their natural talents and gifts. They learn how to form an idea and how to pitch it. They learn how to set their own goals - and achieve them. They learn that failure and mistakes are part of success. They learn how to govern themselves and negotiate. They learn...
...countless other things that are unique to their own personal Hero's Journeys.
How do I know if this is right for our family?
Please read our site, click the links, and watch all the videos. If you feel curious and excited, plus a little bit scared, then this may be perfect for you.
Next step - click the SIGN UP button, answer a few questions, and we will contact you to tell you more about our unique community of learners.