Registration NOW OPEN

Currently enrolling in our SPARK (ages 3-5), Discovery (ages 5-7/8),  Explorers (ages 8-11/12), and Pathfinders (ages 11-16)programs. To secure your place in line, please follow the current application process. We will review applicants and contact them in order of receipt once a spot becomes available.

We are delighted that you are interested in ESTEAM Academy.  The application process is not intended to be a barrier to entry but is designed to make sure that we are the right school to serve your family’s needs.

We know this process will take some work, but reinventing education is worth it.

Applications will be considered in the order they are received.

Step One: Research and Introduction

Review the ESTEAM Academy and Acton Academy websites and use the resources below to gain a solid idea of who we are and what we are about.

If you think we are a good fit for your family, then please introduce yourself.  Send an email to Nicholle Walton-Durban & Joann Nolte, Founders/Mentors, at that answers the following questions and Request an Application Package:

  • How have you been satisfied and dissatisfied with your child’s education so far?
  • What attracted you the most to our school?  How did you first hear of us?
  • Please include your child’s name, birth date, your contact information, and program you are interested in joining.

Step Two: Open House  / Facility Tour

If available at the time of your interest, attend an Open House and explore our community hands-on.  We are also happy to schedule a Facility Tour. Open Houses are typically on Thursdays at 6:30pm. Facility Tours are typically scheduled for Tuesdays at 10:30am. Please contact us via email to schedule an Open House Visit or Facility Tour.

Step Three: The Application and Auditions

Once you feel like you have had your questions answered and are excited about joining the community, fill out the application, questionnaire, and complete the audition video (if applying to pathfinders studios) and send back to us via email.  We will review it in the order it was received and set up a family interview.

Step Four: A Family Interview & Invitation to Studio

After we receive your application, questionnaire, and audition video, you and your child will be invited to meet with us and discuss our learning community and how it works.  Please bring a sample of your child’s writing, recent work in math and/or a project or assignment of which your child is proud. Be prepared to discuss the types of activities your child enjoys and/or loses themselves in.  Ask us lot of questions!

Upon completion of the Family Interview, your child will be invited to join us in the Studio for 1 week based on the Program they have selected, giving everyone the opportunity to determine if they believe the environment is a good fit for all.

Step Five: Acceptance

Ensuring we have mutually agreed the ESTEAM Academy and your family are the right fit and we have a good balance of boys and girls of appropriate ages, we will approve the application.  At that point, you will receive a parent packet that will contain the following:

  • Enrollment Forms and Financial Agreement(s)
  • Auto Pay Form
  • Parent Contract
  • Student Contract  & On-Boarding (if entering mid-year)
  • First Family Badge Quest: Family Mission Statement
  • Yearly Calendar
  • Volunteer Form
  • Family Handbook

You will then return within a two week’s time the following completed forms:

  • Enrollment Forms and Financial Agreement
  • Enrollment Fee (due upon acceptance / secures spot)
  • Auto Pay Form
  • Parent Contract
  • Student Contract
  • First Family Badge Quest: Family Mission Statement
  • Volunteer Form
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Immunization Records or Declaration