The future of school, now.

Launch your Hero's Journey. Change the world.

The Acton Buckhead mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.

What makes Acton Academy so different?

  • Acton Academy uses the latest technology in a self-paced learning environment designed to foster responsibility, goal-setting, and teamwork. Acton students are empowered to thrive in a world that needs independent, motivated thinkers and learners.
  • We believe children learn best by doing. Whether it’s launching a startup business, creating a tidepool habitat, playing a musical instrument, painting a mosaic, or programming a robot, Acton students are building real-life skills in the classroom every day.
  • We believe the learning experience is much richer when the teacher (“Guide”) offers insightful questions and facilitates hands on learning. Guides use the Socratic method, always responding to students’ questions with new questions. This exchange hones students’ critical thinking skills.
  • Acton Academy is “student led.” This means young people take ownership of their education and peer relationships. Acton students learn to think independently, take responsibility and embrace challenge. They are being prepared to bring their own unique genius to the world.
  • We believe in the power of apprenticeships. Beginning in middle school, our students obtain summer internships in a field they are passionate about. Acton students have interned with doctors, entrepreneur bakers, plumbers, attorneys and graphic designers. What will your child choose?
  • We encourage our students to develop personal virtues such as honesty, hard work, responsibility, kindness and empathy. Armed with purpose and good character, we believe our students will launch into adulthood prepared to find their calling and change the world.
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A School for the 21st Century

Rethinking Education: Geniuses & Heroes
A TEDx talk by Jeff Sandefer, Acton Academy Co-founder.

Children's Business Fair
Businesses created and launched entirely by children.

Disruptive Education
Watch the award-winning short documentary about Acton Academy.

Turn Learning Upside Down
An inside look at the Acton Academy studio.

Why Acton Buckhead?

I have been an educator for over 15 years. I have been a teacher, coach, principal and multiple school Director. I am also a father of 3 incredible kids who is concerned with preparing them for life in this amazing world. Atlanta Micro Schools are the learning environments that I want for them.

I want a student-centered environment where my child is empowered to take control of their learning. I want my children to solve real-world problems using creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. I want my children to find their calling to change the world. Atlanta Micro Schools are designed to do just this.

As we open our Acton Buckhead Campus, we begin an incredible journey to build these communities of learners. I look forward to seeing the amazing things our kids build- we would love you to be a part of this journey too!

Andrew Shahan, Founder.