Frequently Asked Questions
Acton Academy Lakewood is part of the network of over 200 Acton Academies around the world. We follow the same exact Learning Design (curriculum) and learning model that our owners helped create at the original Acton Academy campus.
We are currently accepting children ages 3 (or when ready for a full day, done napping and going to the bathroom independently) through 10 in two multi-age spaces:
- Spark Studio: ages 3-6
- Elementary Studio: ages 6-11
We plan to open a Middle School Studio in the Fall of 2023, and Launchpad (High School) in the Fall of 2026. Each studio will be started with a nucleus (at least half) of children who have already been immersed in the culture of Acton Academy and we will grow slowly with children who are new to Acton as we go. This will help us build and maintain an excellent culture that is strong in the Acton way of joy + rigor!
We operate on an eleven-month calendar, but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.Acton Academy Lakewood Academic Calendar.
While we believe that many minor learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed, we recognize that Acton is not the right environment for children with learning disabilities. We specialize in independence and are always working toward removing the adult as the person of focus. While Guides have a one-on-one relationship with each child, providing prolonged and focused one-on-one assistance, tutoring or coaching from an adult is not part of our model.
Students with ADHD or mild dyslexia have shown themselves able to thrive at Acton with appropriate support at home. It should be noted that, especially at younger ages, the Acton environment can prove triggering or overwhelming for students on the autism spectrum or for highly sensitive children.
We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy, but we are not a Montessori school. In addition to Montessori methods, we use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.
Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don’t know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.
We believe each of our students will find out what they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need in the world that they care about deeply. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child's eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.
Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.
We believe that children learn best when working with those younger and older than themselves. At Acton Lakewood, our spaces are for preschool-Kinder, 1st-5th, 6th-8th (launching Fall 2023), and 9th-12th (launching Fall 2026).
At Acton Academy Lakewood we believe in encouraging students to take responsibility for their own behavior and hold those around them to a high standard. Often, we call this “learning to be” and “learning to do.” When something isn’t working, systems are in place for students to work together to solve the problem instead of immediately assuming an adult will solve it for them. This creates a sense of independence and confidence that will serve them well in all areas of life.
At Acton Academy, we believe in the power of balance. Starting in Elementary (around age 6), we use the incredible, self-paced eLearning tools now available to provide the rigor needed for learning math, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar in about 90 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning. The two are highly complementary. Our Spark studio (ages 3-6) does not include eLearning tools.
We believe in liberty, justice, and the ideals of the American revolution as the cornerstones of civilization. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them, as we also examine other cultures and forms of government.
While we expose learners to mindful spirituality and the historical importance of Christianity to the development of Western Civilization, we are a non-sectarian learning environment and do not promote any one religion.
Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." At the Acton Academy, we celebrate his defense of economic, political, and religious freedom.
For the 2022-2023 Academic Year annual tuition is $11,803 (paid in 11 monthly installments of $1,073) + a one-time enrollment fee of $500.
Discounts: 5% if you pay in full upon enrollment, 5% for the second child, 50% of the one-time enrollment fee for the second child.
Tuition is prorated for families who enroll after the start of the academic year.
Our year-round school schedule enables us to consider applications submitted at any time of the year. Our "rolling" enrollment process means once accepted, your learner can start at the beginning of any 6-week Session scheduled throughout the year. On our Academic Calendar, you can see that the start of every session is the first school day after each break.
Check out our simple, 3-Part process for more on how to apply and/or get on the waitlist.
The students and families who have moved from schools with our format back to a traditional one have reported a relatively seamless transition.
Young people at Acton learn problem-solving skills, respect for their peers, the how & why of rule formulation, perseverance, resilience, and empathy. This is in addition to honing their skills of focusing, listening, personal organization, setting their own goals, and management of their own time — all of which are a recipe for a good transition into any new environment.
Mastery Learning is ensuring that a student has a complete understanding of a concept before they move on. An incomplete understanding early on can have devastating results later, especially in math. Using the latest adaptive learning tools for core skills, our young learners progress at their own pace as they master each concept, moving quickly through topics they grasp easily and spending more time on those they find challenging. Children who comprehend a concept quickly can move on or deepen their understanding by helping those who are struggling. No one is just a learner, everyone is also a mentor, motivating each other to take ownership of their education.
Seeing one another's entire face is a high priority for us, both socially and educationally. Having said that, our families make their own choices about whether to require their child to wear a mask at school. Check out our most recent Facebook albums to see our learners in action! We also put a high priority on children really being together in person, so we have never engaged in social distancing.
Read more about our philosophy regarding these topics here:https://www.actonlakewood.org/blog/seeing-one-another-s-entire-face
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