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Working hard.      Having fun.

Preparing to change the world.

 Click on the pictures below to learn more about the Acton Academy Model of Learning.

ENGAGE DEEPLY

Work on difficult real-world Quests. Learn to calculate, write and think more deeply.

HAVE FUN

As you develop a positive self-identity surrounded by friends who will support you.

FIND A CALLING

Through exploring gifts, passions and apprenticeships so you can change the world.

21ST CENTURY LEARNING

  • Mastering Reading, Writing, Math, and Civilization using computer simulations and intense Socratic Discussions.
  • Deep Socratic discussions about heroes, history and self governance to hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully think, write and speak.
  • Competing and collaborating in a game-like series of real world projects to learn 21st Century Skills.
  • Experimenting with entrepreneurs, scientists and community leaders, honing your most precious gifts and talents until you find a “calling” in life.

A LEARNER DRIVEN COMMUNITY

Extraordinary people. Each focusing on a passion, learning at his or her own pace. Working hard. Playing hard. Mastering core skills while learning 21st century skills through real world projects.

  • Written promises and covenants that form a tightly bound community of individuals learning to form authentic friendships and honestly resolve interpersonal problems.
  • Mentor teams encourage younger and older students to listen, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.
  • “Learn to Be” badges that celebrate character and completing leadership challenges.

MEASURING MASTERY

EARN BADGES TO PROVE YOU’VE MASTERED NEW SKILLS

MEASURING MASTERY

  • E.S.T.E.A.M heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.

    1. Students and parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling and character development in “Learn to Be” Badges.
    2. Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.
    3. Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.

SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU CAN DO

Audition to join an extraordinary team.

Discover your gifts and passions and use them to find a calling.

Take control of your life, so you’ll never again be trapped in an ordinary place.

WHY AUDITION FOR ACTON ACADEMY?

  • Each individual at Acton Academy matters so we want to know WHO YOU ARE.
  • Because we only have a few spots, reserved for extraordinary people. We need to know what you’re made of and that you’ll never give up.
  • Most schools solicit applications; we’re a learning community that only accepts commitments from people who believe they are going to change the world. You have to prove yourself if you want a starring role in life.

GET INSPIRED

Are you willing to take control of your education, work hard, and challenge yourself?

Click on the links below to watch their TED talks.

Founder of Khan Academy visiting Acton Academy., Austin TX

Founder of School In The Cloud visiting Acton Academy.

Co-Founder of Acton Academy & Middle School Guide.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

YOUR AUDITION: 3 SIMPLE STEPS

STEP 1

 Complete Introduction.

STEP 2

Complete your research and begin work on your formal entry.

STEP 3

Complete your entry, including audition submission.

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