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An Innovative school designed for the 21st century

Launching the Next Generation of Heroes

The Acton Difference

Acton Academy was founded to create an educational model that brings out the potential in our children. At Acton our belief is that every child is born a genius.  Our role is to support their hero's journey so they can find a calling and change the world.


We provide our learners tools and an environment so they learn to learn, to do and to be.

Acton is a learner driven community set in a modern one room schoolhouse.  Learners develop contracts that everybody is held accountable too.  


Our learners are empowered by providing the freedom to learn at their own pace and interest level. They set their own smart goals and personal projects. Their progress is gamified through earning points, badges and levels.


Our learners should be well-rounded and understand real world trends. We use adaptive learning software for core skills, provide extra-circulars as well as encourage internships and entrepreneurship. Every year we conduct a Children's Business Fair so they can showcase their latest entrepreneurial endeavor.


We have Guides, not Teachers.

We never give answers, instruction nor do we set a general curriculum. Our Guides use Socratic methods so learners can find their own solution in their hero's journey.

What Parents and Kids are saying

  • Parent Testimonials

    "I would never have believed children could learn so much from each other – until I saw it with my own eyes. The lessons of self management and self governance have prepared our fifth grade son to be a lifelong learner."
  • Parent Testimonials

    "Our daughter loves learning at Acton. She can’t wait to share her day the moment she jumps into the car. I’m so grateful to see a love for learning come back into her eyes."
  • Parent Testimonials

    "Eagles play hard and work hard. Our daughter jumped seven grade levels in Math in two years, but there wasn’t any magic to it; just encouragement from her friends and lots of hard work."
  • Parent Testimonials

    "Our kids have become happier, self motivated and confident. They excel in their core skills and have learned to use failure as a springboard."

What Kids are Saying

About Acton

Acton Academy was founded by Laura and Jeff Sandefer for their children. They wanted a better education for them and created Acton to do just that. They have succeeded in creating a scalable model that is disrupting traditional education.

A School Built for the 21st Century

Love, Best Practices, Bold Vision and Technology have culminated into developing an approach to education representative of current times.  Acton provides an agile approach, allowing the latest best practices to be integrated as they are discovered.

We are not alone.  There is a community of Acton Academy's around the world run by passionate people.  We collectively learn and lean on each other to make sure our kids get the best support they need in THEIR hero's journey.


We believe each child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way

We believe in a closely connected family of lifelong learners.

We believe in learning by knowing, learning by doing and learning by being.

We believe in economic, religious, and political freedom.


An award winning independent documentary about Acton Academy.


An inside look at the Acton Academy studio.


A day in the life of a student at Acton Academy.


At Acton Oakland, He or She Will:

  • Embark on a Hero's Journey
  • Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner
  • Realize that real talent is developed through perseverance and hard work & understand the importance of character and mindset.
  • Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms
  • Cherish the arts, wonders of the world, and the pursuit of truth
  • Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to serve others