What age range do you accept at Acton Academy Waco?
We are currently accepting students for our Spark Studio (Ages 4-6) and Elementary Studio (Ages 7-11) opening Fall 2018. Depending on interest, we'll consider opening a Middle School Studio (ages 11-14). Each studio will max out at 40 students.
Where is Acton Academy Waco Located?
Acton Academy Waco will be located in the Waco Metropolitan Area. The specific location will be announced soon.
What is the school calendar and what does Acton Academy Waco cost?
Acton Academy Waco runs ten months a year, with six week long “sprints” followed by a week off. For summer break, there will be seven weeks off. Tuition costs $6,900 per year.
To download the PDF version of the calendar, click on the image below.
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"?
By focusing on the American Experiment in our study of history, we aim to teach the value of liberty and justice as the ideals for the human experience. This is not a political agenda in the least. It is about freedom of speech and religion and the value of free markets to help bring about the opportunity for prosperity. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them. These concepts will then be applied to real world projects. Our graduates will have a working understanding of these ideas. This does not mean we will NOT study other cultures and forms of government. We will. And the students can discover for themselves why America is unique.
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 discussions, and strive for mastery.
How do you measure how a child is progressing at Acton Academy Waco?
We measure student progress in several different ways:
- We set Daily, Weekly, and Session goals between the student and the Guides.
- We utilize robust real-time data for each of our online learning tools. At any given time both parents and Guides can find out exactly what their student is learning. It easily allows us to track progress, identify areas of struggle and close any learning gaps.
The staff is alerted if a student gets anymore than 2 wrong in a row. Having a small class size, we are able to work one on one with the student to make sure that we can close gaps and help them master the skill. The web based programs don’t allow the student to move on to the next skill until it has been mastered.
- We utilize individual paper portfolios where each student showcases and adds their best work. We can measure their growth in things such as History, Writer’s Workshops, and any Quest using projects we have completed.
- Though we never “teach to the test”, standardized tests given each Fall & Spring provide useful benchmark data.
Is Acton Academy Waco like Montessori?
Acton Academy Waco uses the best of Montessori methods: mixed-age classrooms, student choice within limits, large blocks of work time, learning through “discovery,” and freedom of movement in the classroom. Then we go two important steps further by using the best 21st century eLearning tools and adhering to the Socratic method of instruction which emphasizes asking and answering the right questions to stimulate critical thinking. Our students don’t just memorize facts, they learn how to know, learn how to do, and learn how to be.
Is Acton Academy Waco Accredited?
We are accredited by the International Association of Learner-Driven Schools.
Is Acton Academy Waco a Religious School?
While we expose children to the importance of mindfulness, ethical principles, and the significance of religion in history and the development of society we are not a religious school. We value and respect each individual’s beliefs.
Do You Serve Special Needs Children?
We are not trained or staffed to serve children with serious learning disabilities, special needs, or who need specialized attention. If you are interested in Acton Academy Waco and believe it is a great fit for your family, please inquire and we will personally assess your unique situation and the fit of your young learner.
Are you part of a Chain or Franchise?
We are not a franchise or chain. Acton Academy Waco is an independent school, part of an affiliate network that finds its inspiration and receives mentorship from the founding Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. Our network of affiliates are passionate about revolutionizing education, pursuing best practices, and have agreed to protect a learner driven environment. Each affiliate follows their own methods in keeping with these commitments and vary based on the leadership at each school and community they serve.