Acton Academy Palm Harbor is an innovative learner-driven school serving ages 4-16.
Empower your child to design their destiny
& fulfill their dreams.
Real World Skills
Is your family ready to reinvent education and embark on a fun and life-changing adventure?
We empower children to be in charge of their own learning. Learners set daily SMART goals, manage their time, and work at their own pace on core subjects with the help of running partners. Our learning is authentic, not focused on passing tests or memorizing facts.
Focused on the Real World
We believe in learning by doing, including hands on projects in science, art, design and technology. Quests immerse learners in launching start-up businesses, playing an instrument, programming a robot, experiencing an apprenticeship in the community, and much more.
Guided, Not Taught
Learning in our studios reflects the unique interests, passions and talents of each child. Guides inspire, equip and support growing strong character through small groups, Socratic discussion, and exploration. Within out tribe, supported by caring peers and adults, children are empowered to learn and grow.
Real World Quests and Apprenticeships
Hands on learning
for 21st century skills.
Powerful interactive technology
Self paced learning for Reading, Writing and Math.
Science of Reading & Phonics
Students from all backgrounds thrive at Acton!
Public School ~ Charter School ~ Non-Traditional ~ IndependentPrivate School ~ Homeschool ~ Unschooling ~ Montessori
The purpose of Spark is to be a good friend and learn to read.
Discovery Studio (2nd-6th)
The purpose of Discovery is to be curious and do meaningful work.
Middle School Studio (6th-9th)
Work hard. Have fun. Find a calling. Take control of YOUR Learning.
Core Skills & Quests Work on difficult real-world Quests. Learn to calculate, write and think more deeply.
Connect & Have Fun as you develop a positive self-identity surrounded by friends who will support you.
Find a Calling Through exploring gifts, passions and apprenticeships so you can change the world.
Launchpad: High School Studio
Start the adventure of your lifetime.
Core Skills Mastering Reading, Writing, Math, and Civilization using computer simulations and Socratic Discussions.
Quests Competing and collaborating in a game-like series of real world projects to learn 21st Century Skills.
Apprenticeships Experimenting with entrepreneurs, scientists and community leaders to hone your most precious gifts and talents until you find your calling in life.
We believe each child who enters Acton Academy will find a calling
that changes the world.
per school year
$1,000 initial nonrefundable deposit due July 15th, followed by monthly installments
Includes Chromebook and associated learning software due upon acceptance
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 2022-23 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 a calendar similar to the school district, 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 Acton Academy, we celebrate 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 government.
WHAT IS YOUR TUITION? Tuition for the year is $10,000 payable in monthly installments of $1000. A $525 technology fee (Includes Chromebook, Software & Materials) is due to reserve your seat upon acceptance. A small number of need-based scholarships are available annually and you may qualify for scholarships through Florida Step Up For Students Programs. 10% discount for each additional sibling enrolled.
To request an info kit, please fill out the form and we will send it via e-mail.
CSA Palm Harbor
1550 16th St,
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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