The Acton method imparts core academic skills without lectures, top-down commands from teachers, or standardized tests.
As your child completes the Hero’s Journey, they build a strong foundation of core skills. From that foundation, they actively work to solve real-world problems, integrate knowledge from different disciplines, and develop an understanding of their place in the world.
How we measure learning at Acton
Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills, and character by:
Parents monitor their child’s “Learn to Be” badges to track progress in the core skills of reading, writing, math, spelling, and character development.
Electronic and hard copy portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, videos, and other creative work.
Participating in public exhibitions:
Young heroes present work to experts, customers, or the public for a real-world appraisal.
We are a learner-driven community
Whether we’re talking about the Hero’s Journey, quests and badges, or the three types of learning, the most noticeable aspect of the Acton approach is this:
Learners, not teachers or administrators, decide how to learn.
A learner-driven environment forms the entire foundation of the Acton method. By taking ownership of their own education, your child can finally discover the joy of being a lifelong learner.
Guides, not teachers, facilitate the Hero’s Journey
Guides only answer learners’ questions with new questions, allowing your child to work toward a solution and make his or her own discoveries.
Learners create and sign a Contract of Promises
describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.
encourage listening, affirmation, and goal setting to hold one another accountable.
This learner-driven community champions growth, progress, and character. As a result, children grow into motivated citizens who tap into their natural gifts to address formidable challenges.
You’re going to be amazed by your child’s achievements.
Show your child what it’s like to truly love learning.