Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about Acton Academy Seacoast

How is Acton Academy Seacoast affiliated with Acton Academy?

Acton Academy Seacoast is part of the network of over 200 Acton Academies around the world. We follow a similar Learning Design (curriculum) and learning model that our owners helped create at the original Acton Academy campus.

What grades do you offer?

Acton Academy Seacoast will offfer:

  • Grades K-5

Where is Acton Academy Seacoast located?

We are located in a gorgeous, historic, and expansive space in the Cocheco Mills Building across the street from Henry Law Park and The Children's Museum. You can smell the caramel melting above us at Lickee's and Chewy's Candy Shop.

Our address is 53 Washington St, Lower Level 100 in downtown Dover, NH, and you can learn more about our beautiful campus here.

How long is Acton Academy Seacoast in session each year and what is the school calendar?

We operate on an eleven month calendar, but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.

Is Acton Academy Seacoast like Montessori?

Acton uses the best of Montessori methods: mixed-age classrooms, student choice within limits, large blocks of work time, learning through “discovery,” and freedom of movement in the classroom. Then we go two important steps further by using the best 21st century eLearning tools and adhering to the Socratic method of instruction which emphasizes asking and answering the right questions to stimulate critical thinking. Our students don’t just memorize facts, they learn how to know, learn how to do, and learn how to be.

If you want to learn more about the subject, please read this blog post by Acton Academy affiliate, the Infinity School.

What do you mean by “a hero’s journey”?

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.

What is an “independent learner”?

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.

Does Acton Academy Seacoast serve special needs children?

We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities but have been able to serve young heroes with dyslexia if they receive special training and believe that many minor learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed.

What do you mean by “every child can change the world?”

We believe each of our students will find a passion - something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. 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.

What is a “running partner”?

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.

Will children be grouped together by grades?

We believe that children learn best when working with those younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age.

Why a learner driven classroom?

At Acton Academy Seacoast we believe in learning to be and learning to do and an important part of this is encouraging kids to take responsibility for their own behavior and hold those around them to a high standard. When something isn’t working, we want our students to work together to solve the problem, not look for an adult to solve it for them. This creates a sense of independence and confidence that will serve them well in all areas of life.

What is your tuition?

Our annual tuition is $12,500 per student. We offer several opportunities for discounts. If we are a perfect fit for you and your family, please don't let the tuition keep you from reaching out to us. Based on the year, we do offer financial assistance to qualified families.

Our tuition includes the TimberNook experience, a weekly yoga class, all materials, supplies for quests, software contracts, and necessary technology.

Is Acton Academy Seacoast accredited?

Yes the school is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools.

How do you use technology in the classroom without students having too much screen time?

At Acton Academy, we believe in the power of balance. Using the incredible, self-paced eLearning tools now available, we are able to provide the rigor needed for learning math, vocabulary, spelling and grammar in about 45-60 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning. The two are highly complementary.

How do you measure how a child is progressing at Acton Academy Seacoast?

We measure student progress in several different ways:

  1. We set Daily, Weekly, and Session goals between the student and the Guides.
  2. We utilize robust real-time data for each of our online learning tools. At any given time both parents and Guides can find out exactly what their student is learning. It easily allows us to track progress, identify areas of struggle and close any learning gaps.The staff is alerted if a student gets anymore than 2 wrong in a row. Having a small class size, we are able to work one on one with the student to make sure that we can close gaps and help them master the skill. The web based programs don’t allow the student to move on to the next skill until it has been mastered.
  3. We utilize individual paper portfolios where each student showcases and adds their best work. We can measure their growth in things such as History, Writer’s Workshops, and any Quest use projects we have.
  4. Though we never “teach to the test”, standardized tests given each Fall & Spring provide useful benchmark data.

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Hi, I'm Sarah Cheek.

Co-founder and Head of School at Acton Academy Seacoast

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