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    Montessori environment for children 18 months - 7 years.

    Acton Academy method for children 7 - 14 years old (and growing).


    Award-winning. Bilingual. US-Accredited.


    Acton Montessori

    Infant Community (18 months - 3 years)

    Children's House (3 - 5 years)

    An authentic Montessori environment, guided by the following principles:

    • Mixed age groups which not only offer a wide range of activities to spark children’s interest but also enable children to learn from others and learn by helping others.
    • Freedom for children to work at their own pace, without interruption, choosing from a range of activities that are developmentally challenging and appropriate.
    • Exploration is encouraged so that children find things out for themselves, make mistakes and correct them independently.
    • Respect for each child as an individual personality with unique talents.
    • Respect for others, the community and the environment.

    If you are interested in joining our community, please contact us via this website.

    Acton Spark Studio

    5-7 years old

    Be unique, curious and independent. In the Spark Studio children learn and discover through play.


    The main objective of Spark Studio is to develop independence and the foundational skills in math, languages (English and Spanish) and practical life necessary to be autonomous and respectful learners in Discovery Studio.


    We use the full complement of Montessori materials to give them a concrete, sensory and developmentally ideal experience of learning.

    • Exposure to different materials and activities gives each child an opportunity to understand 
      concepts on reading, writing and math.
    • Children work at their own pace, setting and evaluating their personal goals each week.
    • Mentors play an important role in this plane of development, they learn from each other and practice concepts 
      while teaching others.

    We honor our Rules of Engagment:

    1. Respect myself
    2. Respect others
    3. Respect the environment
    4. Be honest

    Acton Discovery Studio

    7 - 11 years old

    The Discovery Studio has three main pillars: to explore, to create and to build yourself.


    Eagles explore:

    • Their own hero’s journey, interests and flow
    • Setting and evaluating goals for themselves
    • The relationship between responsibility and freedom
    • How to be a part of a tribe and be part of a culture of inquiry

    Discovery studio offers:

    • A safe working environment and a self learning process
    • Long lasting friendships and a community
    • Possibilities to enjoy privileges earned by personal and group achievements.

    Some key aspects that children develop in Discovery Studio are:

    • Responsibility for their own learning process
    • Respect for themselves, others, and the environment
    • Proactivity
    • Self-control
    • Honesty
    • Leadership
    • Growth Mindset
    • Joy



    Acton Agora Studio

    12 - 14 years old

    Opening August 2017.


    Our Middle School studio where Eagles transition from childhood to adulthood, achieving more freedom and taking on more responisbility.

    • The work in the studio is student-directed with support from the guides in the form of accountability and
      scaffolding for the successful completion of real-life tasks.
    • Eagles are responsible for their academic goals, which we call Core skills.
    • There is no upper limit to what students can achieve in a week, but there is a minimum requirement.
    • In the studio we utilize multiple platforms, both on and off-line in order to meet the students needs in 
      math, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing.
    • Projects is the part of the week when students are working on a big, real-world, public goal that incorporates the other areas of study.
    • When not working on Core Skills, Projects, Socratic Dialogue, or Writing Workshop, Eagles participate in a number of other activities:
      • Mentoring and tutoring with the younger students
      • Self government in the form of Town Hall meetings and conflict resolution meetings
      • Personal development work
      • Q&A visits with Heroes from El Salvador and all over the world

    Acton Launchpad Studio

    15 years old - ready to change the world!

    Opening August 2019


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  • 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

    Independent Documentary

    A national campaign to inspire – and empower – communities across the USA to revolutionize their schools for the 21st Century.

    Disruptive Education

    Independent Documentary

    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.

  • Our Mission

    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.

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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 Schools 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.

  • Testimonials

    What our families say...

    Parent Feedback

    "Hemos notado que los niños han desarrollado más capacidad autocritica y tienen un mayor autoconocimiento, por lo tanto, en la práctica, pueden autoevaluarse más." -Feedback at Parent Meeting

    "Sus actitudes, o sus hábitos en la casa, van caminando, se sienten bien por poder ayudar e ensenar a los más pequeños." -Feedback at Parent Meeting

    "I was very happy with the parent meeting and the open class. We appreciated the goals to be achieved with the classroom activities and the open class helped us as parent to learned these activities and reinforce them at home. Also in the parent meeting we met other parents and this help to strength the sense of identity and belonging with the Acton and Montessori community."

    "En las casas, están mucho más interesados en investigar sobre temas de la naturaliza, la vida práctica, etc." -Feedback at Parent Meeting

    "Cada niño puede ser el/ella misma y esa realización personal los lleva a ser mejores personas con los demás." -Feedback at Parent Meeting

    "We just LOVE it sooooo much! Best experience ever! Happy child, happy parents:-)"

    "[My daughter] is beggining and this is the fourth school she has been in since she was two and a half years old, so it was hard for her at first, but Acton proved to be a place most interested in housing happy children (and not only a bunch of students), so they helped her feel welcome and protected. She is beggining to discover that this place is not for her to learn-memorize external things but to develop her own capacities and take over the world of knowledge." -Parent of 7 year old

    "Acton Academy is the best school my children ever have attended. Thanks!"

    "Best thing so far for us was when our daughter came home this Friday and said she had a lazy week and that she just got 130 points instead of 380 which was her goal of the week. It was amazing for us because she said it in a laughing and so relaxed way whicht showed us that she is controlling her perfectionism so much better and she is not worried about being perfect. She is just enjoying learning!! Sooo happy!!" -Parent of 12 year old

    Eagles' Feedback

    " I loved it it was awesome with the experiments and all the stuff it was a challenge cause I only had 3 days but I did it!"

    "Acton Academy me gusta mas que mi antiguo colegio"

    "It was really fun making match rockets this week"

    "loved this week"

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