Learning at E.S.T.E.A.M. Academy
LEARN TO LEARN
LEARN TO DO
LEARN TO BE
|Socratic Discussions and self paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners.||Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.||The Hero’s Journey, relational covenants and real world consequences transform difficult decisions into virtuous habits|
Learning is not just teaching children to the standards. It is a process, a series of experiences that lead to the great “aha!” moments of life. Interestingly, when a sample of adults were asked if they loved learning in school, most answered that the worry of getting the answer right and doing what the teacher expected (and later passing a test) took the joy out of learning. Many said that they learned to love learning by exploring things on their own at home, outdoors, or later when they got to college. Children at Acton Academy will experience genuine learning and will not be taught to the test like many of their peers.
We nurture a child’s love of learning by expanding on his or her own inquisitive nature. We know that teaching means much more than lessons and standards. We’re responsible for creating an environment of support that allows children to develop their own ideas, express their feelings, take risks, make choices, and most of all, grow to be strong, thinking individuals.
At ESTEAM Academy, we use the latest in educational technology for self-paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills. Deep Socratic discussions take place about heroes, history and self governance to hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully think, write and speak.
Hands-on project based Quests are used to master the tools and skills needed to solve problems in the real world. The children create and market a business to the community each year. Volunteerism is a critical component to weekly activities. Children are encouraged to spend time outdoors cultivating the
organic garden and playing with friends in the playground. At Acton Academy we strongly believe that children should enjoy learning art and music which is why we incorporate these subjects weekly.
EARN BADGES TO PROVE YOU’VE MASTERED NEW SKILLS
A typical school day revolves around three blocks of time:
In the mornings, students work towards their self-generated goals. They utilize the latest in educational technology and support each other to master the foundations of reading, writing, arithmetic and foreign language.
The afternoons are reserved for working on real-world group and individual projects. Students will be starting businesses, producing plays, publishing books, cultivating an organic garden, exercising and learning about health and wellness, developing engineering and robotics programs, and so on. Individually, they will work with the staff to discover and develop their unique talents and passions.
Each day, time is also provided for either physical education, art, music or participating in Socratic dialogues.
This is fundamentally different than traditional schooling today. No bells ringing every 50 minutes. No lecturing. No one-size-fits-all approach. Just student-driven learning. By the time they reach high school age, our students will be expected to spend 30-50% of their time off campus doing internships, volunteering, starting their own business and chasing their dreams.
We are committed to creating a peaceful and productive learning environment. We will be following a 11 -month calendar that allows for our students to have extended rests throughout the year and maintains their interests and progress by shortening the summer break.
Click here to see our 2016 calendar.
Students early arrive between 8:00-8:20am
Students arrive between 8:20-8:30am
Students prepare for learning 8:30 – 8:50am
Learning start at 9:00am
Core Skills 9:00 am to 12:00 am including break time
Lunch, Outdoor, & Free Time 12:00am to 1:00 pm
Quest and Project time 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Aftercare and student driven clubs 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Let’s Get Inspired
| Founder of Khan Academy visiting
|Founder of School In The Cloud visiting Action Academy.||Acton Academy co-founder Jeff Sandefer on reimagining learning in the 21st Century.|
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