Acton Academy Silicon Valley
Learn to Do: Quest-based Learning, Creativity and Innovation
Through hands-on projects, experiential learning, and an entrepreneurial mindset our learners will master the skills needed to solve real-world problems while learning the value of teamwork, problem-solving, hard work, and perseverance.
Learn to Be: a Student-led Community
We will step back so that each learner can step up and obtain the qualities of a curious, independent, lifelong learners, such as character, collaboration, and citizenship.
Learn to Know: Mastery-based learning
We make time every day for our learners to master the foundations of core academic skills (Math, Reading, Writing) through project-based exploration, self-paced mastery, and deliberate practice of Communication skills (reading, oral, and written).
Learn to Learn: Socratic Guiding, Critical Thinking, and a Growth-Mindset
Instead of lectures, we offer intellectual challenges and “Quests” and guide the students to find the skills, tools, and materials to construct their own answers.
What sets us apart?
- Active learning vs. passive learning
- We are research-driven instead of textbook-driven
- Our students and our guides co-create and co-learn
- We believe in an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum
- We believe in collaboration where learners work together in mixed-age studios
- We are driven by exploration and creativity where learning extends beyond the “classroom”
- We have portfolios + exhibitions not grades
A Little About Our Programs
Spark (Ages 5-6)
Spark Studio is a Montessori-styled environment of whole child development: cognitive, physical, emotional, and social. Children in Spark learn and discover through play and exploration of their natural interests.
Discovery (Ages 7-11)
A learner in the Discovery studio builds a foundation of learning and discovery through personalized core skills, exploratory Quest projects, and play.
Exploration (Ages 12-14)
Explorers are encouraged to take control of their education, work on difficult real-world quests, challenge themselves, and think more deeply about today’s relevant problems.