WHAT GRADES DO YOU OFFER? We serve kindergarten through eighth grade and plan to add on high school in the future. If you have a high school child that has experience as an independent learner and would like to join a small cohort of peers, we will consider admission for the 2021-22 year.
IS ACTON ACADEMY A MONTESSORI SCHOOL? We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy but, we are not a Montessori school. We also use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.
HOW LONG IS ACTON ACADEMY IN SESSION EACH YEAR? We operate on an eleven month calendar, but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.
IS ACTON A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL? We are open to Believers, Searchers and Non-Believers alike and expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality and explore the historical impact of religions to the development of Civilizations.
WHO WAS LORD ACTON? Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." At the Acton Academy, wecelebrate his defense of economic, political and religious freedom.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A HERO'S JOURNEY? We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.
WHAT IS AN "INDEPENDENT LEARNER?" Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don't know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A "RUNNING PARTNER?" Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing feedback and affirmation.
WILL CHILDREN BE GROUPED INTO GRADES? We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age. In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in groups.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "EVERY CHILD CAN CHANGE THE WORLD"? We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.
WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON TEACHING THE "AMERICAN EXPERIMENT?" We believe in liberty and justice and the ideals of the American revolution as the cornerstones of civilization. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them, as we examine other cultures and forms of governmennt.
WHAT IS YOUR TUITION? Tuition for the 2021-22 school year is $10,000 payable in monthly installments of $1000. There is a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment fee upon acceptance, which will be applied to the final month of tuition. A $525 technology fee (Includes Chromebook, Software & Materials). A small number of need-based scholarships are available annually and you may qualify for scholarships through Florida School Choice Options. 10% discount for each additional sibling enrolled.