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    Montessori environment for children 18 months - 8 years.

    Acton Academy method for children 8 - 13 years old (and growing).


    Award-winning. Bilingual. US-Accredited.


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    Experience the Elementary School of Acton Academy in Austin, Texas.


    Acton Montessori

    Infant Community (18 months - 3 years)

    Children's House (3 - 6 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

    6-8 years old

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


    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

    8 - 12 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 - 15 years old

    Our Middle School studio is 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


  • Do you have the Courage to Grow?

    Courage to Grow tells how a small school in Austin, Texas sparked a worldwide awakening of families, who believe every child deserves to find a calling that will change the world.

    In an age where Google shares information, Uber shares cars, and Airbnb shares rooms, Acton Academy turns learning upside down by equipping children to share learning with each other, in a close-knit community with extremely high standards of excellence.
    Word of Acton's transformative impact is spreading, family by family. Over 50 Acton Academy affiliates span the globe, with applications pending from more than 6,300 entrepreneurial parents who want to start a learner-driven community.

    Courage to Grow is not a "how to" book, but a fast-paced story of courageous families who found more compelling ways to learn and grow. Along the way, parents and children discovered the questions, tools and frameworks we all need to forge a stronger character and supercharge human potential.
    Like all good tales, Courage to Grow has a surprise ending, a final lesson you won't want to miss about parenting, and the courage required to live life to its fullest.

  • 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.

  • Becoming an Acton Guide

  • 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.

    Are you accredited by MINED?

    We are not currently seeking accreditation by the Ministerio of Education of El Salvador. We are fully accredited in the United States 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...the skills that are necessary for a 21st Century Education. Skills that will not be found on any standardized test, but will make a huge impact on how successful your child is in our rapidly changing economy.

    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, excited or relieved, we may be just the place for your family.


    Next step - click the INFO SESSION button, answer a few questions, and we will invite you to come visit us.

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