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Do you still believe in heroes?
We do!

Find a Calling; Change the World

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."

21st Century Learning

     Students 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 projects 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.

Our Philosophy of Learning

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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Measuring Mastery


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

Have More Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions Page

  • Grades offered

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Our unique schedule ​

  • A learn-driven environment

  • Homework - Here's a secret...there isn't any!

  • and more.

Home Gardening
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. 

Free Copy of Courage to Grow

Please provide your email for a free electronic copy of Courage to Grow. 
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