Explore your curiosity

Discover your passions

Find a calling

Change the world

WELCOME TO ACTON ACADEMY

If you were to design a school from scratch, using what we know about education, kids, and the world today, what would that school look like?

Acton Academy is built from the ground up with the overarching goal of inspiring children to love learning. By starting fresh and drawing from a variety of best practices, Acton resembles an updated version of the one-room schoolhouse, where students of different ages mix, social interaction is amplified, and personalized learning replaces one-size-fits-all curriculum. Character, exploration, and curiosity are emphasized and the efficiency of self-paced learning frees up more time for group discussions and quest based projects – empowering students to take ownership of their education.

Acton Academy was started in 2009 in Austin, TX and due to its popularity has grown to 15 locations worldwide with 18 more locations opening in 2016 – including ours in Ann Arbor. The Clayton Christensen Institute, founded by the Harvard Business School professor who coined the term “disruptive innovation,” featured Acton Academy as one of the best blended schools in America.

OUR ANN ARBOR LOCATION

Acton Academy Ann Arbor is a small blended elementary school opening for the 2016-2017 school year. We are currently accepting applications for up to 18 students, K-4th grade. One grade level will be added each year so the oldest students can remain leading the school. Download our school calendar, start & end times, and tuition for the 2016-2017 school year here.

Other Acton Academy Locations

Austin Texas, South Austin, North Austin, West Austin, Acton Imprimis Austin, San Antonio, Northwest Houston, Galleria Houston, New Orleans, Wausau WI, Chicago, Venice Beach, Orange County, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa Honduras. Opening in 2016: Irving TX, Weatherford TX, Atlanta GA, Jacksonville FL, Durham NC, Washington DC, Grand Rapids Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan, Chicago, Sacramento, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Cruces NM, London Ontario, San Pedro Sula Honduras, San Salvador El Salvador, Panama City Panama, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

WHAT WE VALUE

We consider the motivation, inspiration and the questions posed to be more important than memorizing answers. An inspired learner, asking the right questions, taking on challenges that matter personally, will learn an astounding amount in a short period of time. Much more importantly, they will learn to find their passions and forge a stronger character.

Ann award winning documentary about Acton Academy.

A typical day from the students' perspective at the Acton Academy in Houston TX.

Our mission is to inspire each child who walks through our doors to:

  • Find great joy in learning,
  • Build a tight knit community,
  • Uphold the highest standard of excellence,
  • Find a calling that will inspire him or her to work hard, overcome challenges, and even change the world.

A BLENDED APPROACH

We use a multi-age classroom, interactive socratic discussions, the latest in personalized game based learning tools, and quest-like group projects for deeper integrative learning, in a studio increasingly run by our young learners. The driving force for the learning experience is the narrative of the Hero’s Journey, where each student is a hero on a journey passionately discovering his or her gifts in order to find a calling that will change the world.

STEM + Arts + Entrepreneurship
Multi-week quests
Experiential learning
Hands-on projects
Group activities
Mixed-age
Peer-to-peer learning
Socratic discussions

Self paced
Mastery based
Daily goal setting
D.E.A.R (drop everything and read)
Public exhibitions
Realtime progress tracking
Badges and portfolios
Learner driven

OUR 5 PROMISES TO YOUR CHILD

Children care more about being a part of a vibrant community of caring friends more than anything else. If being a part of the community is fun, children are willing to work very hard and progress surprisingly fast.

A TEDx talk by Acton Academy co-founder Jeff Sandefer on 21st Century learning.

We promise that your child will:

  • 1. Learn to be a curious, independent learner.
  • 2. Discover his/her strengths and use them to solve meaningful problems.
  • 3. Realize that dedication is required to develop real talent.
  • 4. Understand the importance of character.
  • 5. Cherish the wonders of the world and the mysteries of life.

We promise that your child will:

  • 1. Learn to be a curious, independent learner.
  • 2. Discover his/her strengths and use them to solve meaningful problems.
  • 3. Realize that dedication is required to develop real talent.
  • 4. Understand the importance of character.
  • 5. Cherish the wonders of the world and the mysteries of life.

GET INSPIRED

An award winning independent documentary about Acton Academy.

A TEDx talk by Acton Academy co-founder Jeff Sandefer on 21st Century learning.

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What intrigues you most about Acton Academy:

 Self-paced core skills so our child can learn as quickly as possible. Challenging quests and socratic discussions that deliver 21st century skills. The Hero's Journey and Learning Badges that help students find a calling that will change the world. A multi-age learner driven community that will motivate our child.

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ANN ARBOR LOCATION

Acton Academy Ann Arbor is currently accepting applications for this Fall 2016 for up to 18 students, K-4th grade. One grade level will be added each year so the oldest students can remain leading the school. If you are interested in learning more or would like to attend an information session, please fill out the contact form below or email us at hello@ActonAnnArbor.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Other Acton Academy Locations

Austin Texas, South Austin Texas, North Austin Texas, West Austin Texas, Imprimis Austin Texas, San Antonio Texas, Northwest Houston Texas, Galleria Houston Texas, New Orleans Louisiana, Wausau Wisconsin, Chicago Illinois, Venice Beach California, Orange County California, Guatemala City Guatemala, Tegucigalpa Honduras. Opening in 2016: Irving Texas, Weatherford Texas, Atlanta Georgia, Jacksonville Florida, Durham North Carolina, Washington DC, Grand Rapids Michigan, Chicago Illinois, Sacramento California, Phoenix Arizona, Albuquerque New Mexico, San Pedro Sula Honduras, San Salvador El Salvador, Panama City Panama

If your child is curious about the world,

Request more information.

Request more information

What intrigues you most about Acton Academy:

 Self-paced core skills so our child can learn as quickly as possible. Challenging quests and socratic discussions that deliver 21st century skills. The Hero's Journey and Learning Badges that help students find a calling that will change the world. A multi-age learner driven community that will motivate our child.

Other Acton Academy Locations

Austin Texas, South Austin Texas, North Austin Texas, West Austin Texas, Imprimis Austin Texas, San Antonio Texas, Northwest Houston Texas, Galleria Houston Texas, New Orleans Louisiana, Wausau Wisconsin, Chicago Illinois, Venice Beach California, Orange County California, Guatemala City Guatemala, Tegucigalpa Honduras. Opening in 2016: Irving Texas, Weatherford Texas, Atlanta Georgia, Jacksonville Florida, Durham North Carolina, Washington DC, Grand Rapids Michigan, Chicago Illinois, Sacramento California, Phoenix Arizona, Albuquerque New Mexico, San Pedro Sula Honduras, San Salvador El Salvador, Panama City Panama

WHO IS ACTON ACADEMY FOR?

Children who are curious about the world. Those who learn better "by doing" than "by watching". Families with an entrepreneurial spirit. Montessori families. Unschoolers. Homeschoolers who want to join a vibrant learning community. Traditional schoolers who feel they are being held back from reaching their full potential. Basically, anyone who realizes that their child is capable of extraordinary achievements.

Acton Academy Locations Worldwide

Austin Texas, South Austin Texas, North Austin Texas, West Austin Texas, Imprimis Austin Texas, San Antonio Texas, Northwest Houston Texas, Galleria Houston Texas, New Orleans Louisiana, Wausau Wisconsin, Chicago Illinois, Venice Beach California, Orange County California, Guatemala City Guatemala, Tegucigalpa Honduras. Opening in 2016: Irving Texas, Weatherford Texas, Atlanta Georgia, Jacksonville Florida, Durham North Carolina, Washington DC, Grand Rapids Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan, Chicago Illinois, Sacramento California, Phoenix Arizona, Albuquerque New Mexico, San Pedro Sula Honduras, San Salvador El Salvador, Panama City Panama

Acton Academy - Ann Arbor

Acton Academy Ann Arbor is opening Fall 2016 and currently taking applications for founding families. We are initially K - 4th grade and will increase a grade level each year so the oldest students can continue leading the school.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to inspire each child who walks through our doors to:
  • Find great joy in learning,
  • Build a tight knit community,
  • Uphold the highest standard of excellence,
  • Find a calling that will inspire him or her to work hard, overcome challenges, and even change the world.

A LEARNER DRIVEN COMMUNITY

MIXED AGE

PEER TO PEER

CHARACTER FOCUSED

Younger and older students working together and challenging each other to work their hardest.

Peer led teams listen, motivate, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.

Relational covenants form a tightly bound community of individuals and transforms difficult decisions into virtuous habits.

A BLENDED APPROACH



Real world projects, socratic group discussions, and self-paced personalized learning equip children to be lifelong learners.

HANDS-ON PROJECTS

SOCRATIC DISCUSSIONS

CORE SKILLS

Socially interactive hands-on group projects integrate S.T.E.M + Arts + Entrepreneurship and prepare students to solve challenging real world problems.

Deep socratic discussions about heroes, history, self governance and tough dilemmas to hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully think, write and speak.

Using the latest adaptive educational tools for self-paced mastery of reading, writing and math.

MASTERY BASED

Our mission is to inspire each child who walks through our doors to:

Using self-paced learning tools, there are no longer reasons to group children by age or track them based on perceived potential. Pace is no longer set by a fixed calendar, instead each student progresses as they master each concept, moving quickly through topics they grasp easily and spending more time on those they find challenging. Children who grasp a concept quickly can move on or help those who are struggling. Older students benefit by deepening their understanding through tutoring their younger peers, while younger children benefit by having role models to look up to - no one is just a student, everyone is also a mentor, and the whole group is better for it.

OUR 6 PROMISES TO YOUR CHILD

We promise that your child will:
  • 1. Learn to be a curious, independent learner.
  • 2. Discover his/her strengths and use them to solve meaningful problems.
  • 3. Realize that dedication is required to develop real talent.
  • 4. Understand the importance of character.
  • 5. Value political, economic, and religious freedom.
  • 6. Cherish the arts, the wonders of the world and the mysteries of life.

OUR 6 PROMISES TO YOUR CHILD

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We promise that your child will:

  • 1. Learn to be a curious, independent learner.
  • 2. Discover his/her strengths and use them to solve meaningful problems.
  • 3. Realize that dedication is required to develop real talent.
  • 4. Understand the importance of character.
  • 5. Value political, economic, and religious freedom.
  • 6. Cherish the arts, the wonders of the world and the mysteries of life.

Do You Believe In Heroes?
We do.

Do You Believe In Heroes?
We do.

Do you believe that education is more
than just textbooks and lectures?

Do you believe that education is more than just textbooks and lectures?

Extraordinary heroes. Each focusing on a passion. Learning at his or her own pace. Working hard. Playing hard. Mastering core skills through personalized learning while tackling 21st century skills through real-world group projects.

Do you believe that character
still matters?

Do you believe that character still matters?

Our PHILOSOPHY of LEARNING

We believe that clear thinking leads to good decisions. Good decisions lead to the right habits. The right habits lead to character and character creates the foundation of your future.

Do you want your child to learn from difficult
real world challenges?

Do you want your child to learn from difficult real world challenges?

JOY + RIGOR = MASTERY

Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but mastery goes even further, requiring commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.

Do you want your child to build
authentic friendships?

Do you want your child to build authentic friendships?

A LEARNER-DRIVEN COMMUNITY

Closely connected families of lifelong learners are bound by clear promises in a tight knit community that upholds the highest standards of excellence.

Do you want your child to feel
like life is an endless stream of
opportunities?

Do you want your child to feel like life is an endless stream of opportunities?

Then perhaps Kemp Academy is for you and your family.