Our Unique Schedule
Because learning doesn't happen just within school walls, we have tailored our yearly calendar to benefit your Hero and your family.
Non-traditional school = Non-traditional schedule
A few benefits we think you'll appreciate about our unique schedule:
Allows children to unwind after working fervently in their learning process.
Allows families to travel or spend more quality time together.
Coincides with many of the break periods given to the Twin Falls School District.
Reduces the approximate 3 months of learning-gain that is lost over an extended summer break.
Reduced burnout for both students and guides (teachers).
Exhibitions are fun family nights where students get to show their families and community members what they worked on over the last session. Students plan and execute the evening from the schedule and roles to refreshments and activities. There is still a regular school day.
2022 - 2023 Quests
Prediction & Team Building
This quest is meant to help:
Equip Heroes with tools and confidence that will help them throughout the year and on their Hero’s Journey
Equip Heroes with a deeper understanding of self and others
Instill a deeper understanding of working on a team and the the value of collaboration
Inspire an appreciation for process and intentionality
Inspire a deep curiosity of the Hero’s Journey through heroes’ stories
Create laws and guidelines to govern their studio by
Heroes imagine that Acton Academy is a British colony. They must pay taxes to King George and are subject to royal proclamations and taxes. To end Colonial Acton, Heroes must draft a Declaration of Independence.
Not to include the preschool/kindergarten studio.
Putting themselves in the shoes of frustrated British colonists being ruled by King George gives Heroes an opportunity to:
• Feel the resentment and frustration of having to obey a distant and seemingly unfair ruler who knows little about their way of life;
• Understand the need to compromise and join together as one in order to have any hope for winning a war against a larger power; and
• Weigh the possible outcomes of two choices and make a decision with real-life consequences.
Life in Athens
In this quest, students become heroes living in Ancient Greece. Using their imaginations, they enter into life in Athens and explore the city by completing challenges in different areas.
The goals of this quest:
To ignite a curiosity about the world and civilizations that came before us
To inspire real debate about philosophical concepts
To explore the roots of Western civilization
To find joy in combining artistic creativity with core skills
In this quest, Heroes play the role of architects designing ideal school buildings. Challenges take Heroes through the process of: research, design (drafting/sketching), and construction (model building). Heroes will learn about architecture as a calling, scaling and applied mathematics, precision and attention to detail, and working within creative constraints.
This quest places Heroes in the shoes of an animal keeper. During the quest, Heroes will assess the enrichment needs of animals in a local shelter. After creating an accepted proposal, Heroes will build enrichment activities for the animals. They will also create “information” cards for visitors or families who might be adopting the animals.
Heroes will have the opportunity to learn about game design, experimental vs. theoretical probability, calculating probability, elements of game design, attention to detail, and working with customer feedback.
The goals of this quest include:
Introducing the Heroes to game design as a calling and the heroes who chose it
Inspiring a love of design and creation
Inspiring a curiosity about probability in the real world
Instilling a deeper understanding of the iteration process and the importance of taking a deliberate path towards excellence
Heroes will explore the basic needs of human survival, water cycle, fire, navigation, knot-tying, first aid and plant identification. They'll explore and understand the differences between a “want” and a “need” and put themselves into new, challenging situations that push them to the edge of their challenge zones. In the exploration of self identity and self-knowledge as a basic human need, Heroes will learn their Love Language, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the traits they love most about themselves.
In this quest, Heroes immerse themselves in the history of immigration in the United States and experience what it’s like to be someone seeking to become a naturalized citizen. Through a series of challenges, they assume the role of immigrant and prepare for a naturalization test as well as learn about America's government and laws.
Laws of Physics: Newton’s Toy Workshop
On this quest, Eagles use physics to become toy designers. They take on the title of “scientist” as they explore concepts in physics such as gravity, thrust, momentum, displacement, elasticity, and mechanical advantage. As toy designers, they take on the different challenges each week that provide a tactile understanding of physics.
Jacques Cousteau Marine Science
Eagles take on the title of NASA Earth Explorer as they examine the following questions: What is life like in the ocean and how is it interconnected? Is it more important to explore or to invent? What problems are facing our oceans, and what are the possible solutions? As scientists, they learn to observe with intentionality and embrace their curiosity. Using their imaginations, they are challenged to bring the marine ecosystems into their studio, curating an environment of wonder about the natural world.
On this quest, Eagles embark on a journey to learn the basics of coding, a journey that culminates in a real-life exploration of the world of robotics.
Goals of this quest include:
Gaining a basic understanding of programming concepts and how they apply to the real world in non-coding scenarios (concepts include algorithms, loops, conditionals, variables, and events)
Honing and developing problem-solving skills through “debugging”
Developing an awareness and curiosity about the role technology currently plays and will play in their lives
Learning about innovators and disruptors throughout history in various technology-related fields.
Heroes get to experience the benefits of playing chess firsthand and to apply those skills to other parts of their lives as well. The benefits of regularly playing chess are plentiful and include: increase in strategic thinking, creativity, foresight & planning, memory, reading skills, and communication.
Loving Mother Earth