Welcome to our Info-Kit

We believe these resources will better equip you to make a decision about Acton Academy Oakland County. You can probably figure out most of the answers to your questions by digging through these materials, and you'll probably enjoy the process. If, however, you have any specific questions or are looking for a faster route to an answer, please call or text Jay @ 248-923-1635.

Disruptive Education
An award winning documentary about Acton Academy

A Virtual Tour
An inside look at the Acton Academy studio.

A Day in life
A glimpse into a day @ Acton Academy

Children's Business Fair
Every year at Acton Oakland, we build small businesses from the ground up

Our Location:

Beautiful Downtown Rochester
Parks, Library, Gov't Building and Local Businesses all in walking distance

543 N. Main Street
Suite 212
Rochester, MI 48307


14 reasons why public schools cost more than acton


Here are some reasons why Public education is really costing your family and how Acton provides that much more value.  At Acton we provide an education that really creates value for the learner and family.

  1. "Being a Kid" Time - Kids nowadays have busier schedule that parents. Acton provides education much more efficiently so kids have time to be kids

  2. Family Time - Kids are so busy with activities, families just don't have time together any more. Acton focuses on creating a learner driven environment that can spill over to improve family time.

  3. Free Time - Kids should get bored, that's when we get our best idea. Acton gives the freedom to manage their time and pursue their passions!!

  4. Never Fall Behind - At Acton, learning is self paced, so every child has a lesson plan made just for them.

  5. Homework - We have a no-homework policy. That time can be used to be a kid again.

  6. Tutoring - It has been proven through the Acton model that learners are 1-2 grades ahead of their peers with no extra tutoring or homework. This is a hard cost that would be saved

  7. Paid Activities - We can integrate many paid STEM, Art, Phys-Ed activities during the schedule, saving families time and money.

  8. Character - At Acton we believe the only way to achieve something through the development of great character. We focus on character building, if the right character is their, the learners will be destined to succeed.

  9. Confidence - Learners are allowed to fail, and are tasked to recover from their failure. Through this process they learn that they can overcome any challenge in life.

  10. Individuality - At Acton we are here to support every child's unique Hero's Journey. The environment and systems are catered so that they can find their calling and change the world!!!!

  11. Leadership - Nobody likes to be micromanaged, so why are we micromanaging the education of children? Acton is learner driven so they learners are empowered to excel and take lead of their lives first, then the community.

  12. Real Estate - You can get the dream house you always wanted. With Acton you don't have to buy a home just for the school district anymore.

  13. Overhead - Public schools just have a lot of overhead, which indirectly costs everybody.

  14. Schools are Behind - Public schools have always had a captured market, with no competition, leads to an inability to innovate, experiment and pivot to meet current and future changes in a timely manner. This raises the question, are our children getting the education to prepare them for the modern era?

Grades are obsolete

It's a Bold Statement, however it is true.  Grades were originally created to measure mastery.  Here are some reasons why it does not affectively measure mastery.

  • Grades are given according to mastery within a lesson plan, not the student
  • Grades measure understanding of the prescribed methodology, not mastery of concept.
  • If mastery is not obtained in the prescribed timeline, students are perpetually "behind."

At Acton our learners learn core skills as well as learning how to learn, in a self-paced environment.  This means our learners are 4.0 students (full mastery) with a lesson plan that adapts to their strengths.

The net affect is learners are happier, master subjects, learn how to learn and tutoring is eliminated.

Our learners are 1-2 grade levels ahead of their peers with no homework.

Foundation & Best Practices

Built on Proven Techniques & Results 

The Original Acton Academy Established in 2009

The Original Acton Academy Established in 2009

Acton Oakland will be modeled after the Acton Academy originally started in Austin, Texas by Laura and Jeff Sandefer. Acton Oakland, Acton Academy Austin, and over a dozen other schools of the Acton Academy family will work in a deep collaborative relationship to share processes, systems, lessons learned and strategies to help make each learner-driven environment the best it possibly can be.

Sample Schedule

Here's sample schedule of how are day may look
As the year progresses we will tweak it to fit our Heroes

Core Process

These are the four core processes that keep the learning-driven community alive and thriving

Hero's Journey

Everybody is born to change the world, however that journey, hero's journey is difficult.  We work with heroes to prepare them for the path that lay ahead of them as they find their calling and change the world.

Studio Contracts

The heroes and parents develop contracts, once acceptable everybody signs it.  This essentially becomes the constitution that everybody is held to.  When the contract is broken processes are developed to correct the situation.

Smart Goals

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound goals are created by heroes on a daily basis to keep them on their heroes journey.

Studio Maintenance

At the end of everyday heroes are tasked to maintain the studio.  This task transfers ownership of the studio to the heroes, making it feel like it is their community or another home.


Our Mission

We believe each person who enters Acton Academy will find a calling that changes the world

Our Promises

We promise through Socratic guiding and experiential learning to encourage each member of our community to:

  • Begin a Hero's Journey
  • Discover precious gifts and a commitment to mastery;
  • Become a curious, independent, life-long learner;
  • Embrace the forging of a strong character;
  • Cherish the arts, the physical world, and the mysteries of life; and
  • Treasure economic, political, and religions freedom.

Our Beliefs

  • 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.

Our Educational Philosophy

We believe clear thinking leads to good decisions, good decisions lead to the right habits, the right habits forge character, and character determines destiny.




    We focus on three pillars of education:

    1. LEARN TO LEARN: Self-paced challenges, goal setting techniques, and measures of accountability will equip children to be independent lifelong learners.

    2. LEARN TO DO: Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts will prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.

    3. LEARN TO BE: The Hero’s Journey, self-governance, and relational contracts and consequences will form the virtuous habits that develop strong character.


    For the 2017-2018 Academic year our tuition structure will be as follows:

    • $9500 Per Learner Per Year

    • Sibling discounts are available

    • Referral discounts are available

    • Credits - We will credit any non-refundable deposit that was given to any other private School

    • Enrollment will be open throughout the year. The tuition will be prorated accordingly

    • $950 Non-Refundable Deposit


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