At Acton Buckhead, learning studios replace the sequential grade levels from traditional K-12 schools. Each studio roughly correlates to a child’s age and academic achievement level.
Without exception, all studios offer your child a mixed-age environment where internal motivators, such as self-directed learning quests, replace the external pressures of grades and standardized tests.
Children complete hands-on, age-appropriate quests and begin their lifelong learning journey. A combination of play-based activities, socratic discussion, and team building brings young children into a community of learning while facilitating independent discovery.
Through their participation in quests, Wonder Studio learners build a foundation of skills in reading, math, science and citizenship. The self-driven, cooperative environment also promotes their emotional and social development.
Wonder Studio learners enter the next studio with the ability to:
Cooperate with others
In the Discover Studio, which roughly tracks the elementary grade levels, learners develop core academic skills through self-paced, self-directed goal achievement. As they complete their learning quests, learners collaborate cooperatively with their community while using adaptive technologies to explore new ideas and opportunities.
During the Discover years, learners become proficient in setting goals, working with others, and leading teams. They also become increasingly excited about new discoveries and achievements. Furthermore, they learn to embrace setbacks as learning experiences, help others, and accept help from others.
Discover Studio learners advance with the ability to:
Work independently in a focused way
During the Explorer years, learners hone their ability to work independently while harnessing their community collaboration skills from Discover Studio. Learning quests motivate learners to solve difficult, real-world challenges that require deep thinking and the application of core academic skills.
As an Explorer, your child will develop a well-rounded understanding of their character, begin exploring their talents and gifts in a deeper manner, and start to gain a sense of their purpose and future in life.
When learners leave Explorer Studio, they are able to:
Work hard independently and in teams
NOTE: Launchpad Studio is not open for the 2021-22 school year.
Acton’s learner-driven model gives adolescents the freedom to design their own high school experience. There is a strong focus on real-world problem-solving, including internships and apprenticeships that prepare your child for careers or post-secondary education.
As in all Acton studios, the Launchpad years are shaped by quests. This time, however, quests increasingly draw from the learner’s established interests and talents. Through these experiences, learners master core high school-level academics, all the while working to solve complex and nuanced challenges that reflect their deepest curiosities.
Identity and act upon their powerful “why;” they have developed a superpower skill and a clearly defined “next great adventure.”