Do you still believe in heroes?
We do!

We believe each child who enters Acton Academy will find a calling that changes the world.

Our Heroes are independent learners who find great joy in learning, in a tight knit community that upholds the highest standards of excellence.


Joy + Rigor = Mastery

"Embracing rigor is part of saying 'yes' to a Hero's Journey. Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but the mastery required for a Hero's Journey goes even further, requiring commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal."


Heroes at Acton Academy learn through:

  • Hands-on, Montessori materials along with latest in educational technology for self paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills. 

  • Deep Socratic discussions 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 to master the tools and skills needed to solve problems in the real world.

  • Written promises and covenants that form a tightly bound community of individuals learning to form authentic friendships and honestly resolve interpersonal problems.

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We believe that:

Clear thinking leads to good decisions,
Good decisions lead to the right habits,
The right habits lead to character and
Character becomes destiny.

A Learner Driven Community
  • Students create and sign a Contract of Promises describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.

  • 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.

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Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.

  1. 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 young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.


Below are just a few resources for your enjoyment along your quest for a better education.

Get Inspired


Courage to Grow by Laura Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy Austin

One World Schoolhouse by Sal Khan

A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich


Additional resources

Just a FEW of the latest news coverage on Acton Academy

  • Laura's Blog: On Being An Acton Academy Parent 

  • Thrivenomics. Episode 10: How to Launch a Hero's Journey: Jeff Sandefer, Co-Founder of Acton Academy (6/15/2020)

  • The Essential 11. Episode 45: Heroes of Education (6/15/2020)

  • A Conversation with Peter Diamandis (Youtube): Reinventing Education (5/12/2020)

  • Forbes: Acton Academy: Hero Launchpad Goes Global (8/21/2019)

We highly recommend, Courage to Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down, by Laura Sandefer,

Acton's Co-Founder. 

Click here to get a free Kindle version or paid Audiobook version. 

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