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21st century leARNING

A MODERN ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE

OUR PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING

At Acton Oakland we believe that;

Clear thinking leads to good decisions
Good decisions lead to the right habits, 
The right habits lead to character and
Character becomes destiny.

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.

Achieving Mastery

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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
Multi-week quests
Experiential learning
Hands-on projects
Group activities
Mixed-age
Peer-to-peer collaborating
Socratic discussions

Self paced
Mastery based
Daily goal setting
D.E.A.R (drop everything and read)
Public exhibitions
Realtime progress tracking
Badges and portfolios
Learner driven

Studios

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.

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Elementary studio

Grades 1-5

  • Learn To Learn
  • Learn to Do
  • Learn to Be
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Middle school studio

Grades 6-8

  • Work Hard
  • Have Fun
  • Find a Calling

Launching Soon

 

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Launchpad: High School Studio

Grades 9-12

  • Start the adventure of your lifetime

Launching Soon

The Children's Business Fair

Every year at Acton Oakland, we build small businesses from the ground-up.

 
 

Get Inspired

SAL KHAN

TEACH FOR MASTERY

SUGATA MITRA

CHILD-DRIVEN EDUCATION

JEFF SANDEFER

GENIUSES AND HEROES