OUR PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING
Clear thinking leads to good decisions,
Good decisions lead to the right habits,
The right habits lead to character and
Character becomes destiny.
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.
Learning at Acton
LEARN TO LEARN
Socratic Discussions, Self-paced challenges, goal setting techniques, and measures of accountability equip children to be independent lifelong learners.
LEARN TO DO
Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.
LEARN TO BE
The Hero’s Journey, self-governance, relational covenants and real world consequences transform difficult decisions into virtuous habits that develop strong character.
At Acton Oakland, we believe proof of work is far more important than arbitrary testing. Badges, portfolios, and exhibitions display proof of skill, ensure mastery over learning, and equip young heroes with real world skills to help them in their Hero's Journey.
Badges - Students and parents use badges to track the development of knowledge and skills in various areas like: Reading, Writing, Math, Spelling, Leadership, and Character Development.
Portfolios - Electronic and hard copy Portfolios demonstrate skills and talents in various forms and serve as evidence of skills and creativity.
Exhibitions - Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.
Game-Based Learning Tools
A BLENDED APPROACH
STEM + Arts + Entrepreneurship
Daily goal setting
D.E.A.R (drop everything and read)
Realtime progress tracking
Badges and portfolios
Each studio is a modern one room schoolhouse that empowers children to cultivate leadership qualities and learn from one another. Three different studios provide the right environment for your hero's journey.
- Learn To Learn
- Learn to Do
- Learn to Be
Middle school studio
- Work Hard
- Have Fun
- Find a Calling
Launchpad: High School Studio
- Start the adventure of your lifetime
The Children's Business Fair
Every year at Acton Oakland, we build small businesses from the ground-up.
TEACH FOR MASTERY
GENIUSES AND HEROES