Explore your curiosity

Discover your passions

Find a calling

Change the world

WELCOME TO ACTON

Acton offers an exciting approach to education that emphasizes character, exploration, and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Acton students take charge of their education. We use Socratic-style discussions to hone decision making and strategic thinking skills; Quest-like adventures for deeper integrative learning; and the latest game-based personalized tools for self-paced mastery of core skills – all in a multi-age studio increasingly run by our young learners. The driving force behind the learning experience is the narrative of the Hero's Journey, where each student is passionately discovering his or her interests in order to find a calling that will change the world.

Acton Academy was started in 2009 and due to its popularity has grown to 33 locations worldwide – 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.

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.

An 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 vibrant learning community,
  • Pursue the highest standards of excellence,
  • Find a calling that will inspire him or her to work hard, overcome challenges, and even change the world.

A BLENDED APPROACH

STEM + Arts + Entrepreneurship
Multi-week quests
Experiential learning
Hands-on projects
Group activities
Mixed-age
Peer-to-peer collaborating
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 we will strive to inspire your child to:

  • 1. Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
  • 2. Discover his/her strengths and take on meaningful challenges.
  • 3. Realize that real talent is developed through perseverance and hard work.
  • 4. Understand the importance of character and mindset.
  • 5. Cherish the arts, 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 take on meaningful challenges.
  • 3. Realize that real talent is developed through perseverance and hard work.
  • 4. Understand the importance of character and mindset.
  • 5. Cherish the arts, the wonders of the world, and the mysteries of life.

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What intrigues you most about Acton Ann Arbor:

 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.

How would you prefer to first learn more?

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