Learning at Acton Academy Seacoast

Our Approach

The latest in educational technology for self-paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills. Deep socratic discussions about heroes, history, and self-governance to hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully think, write and speak. Hands-on, project-based quests to master the tools and skills needed to solve problems in the real world. Written promises and covenants that form a tightly bound community of individuals learning to form authentic friendships and honestly resolve interpersonal problems.

Learn to Know

Our learners master the foundations of reading, writing, and math during daily "Core Skills" time. We replace external motivators like high-stakes test scores and grades with an intrinsic growth mindset. Students work with a guide to differentiate their core curriculum and progress at their own pace utilizing a blend of hands-on and online learning tools. They showcase their mastery by meeting their goals, earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions of their work.

Learn to Do

We believe children learn best by doing. Whether it's launching a startup business, creating a tidepool habitat, playing a musical instrument, painting a mosaic, or programming a robot, Acton Academy students are building real-life skills in the classroom every day. Our learners investigate, participate and contribute to the world around them by taking on meaningful, hands-on projects.

Learn to Learn

Each day, learners cultivate critical thinking and decision-making skills through Socratic discussions and individual reflection time. Among supportive and engaged peers, our children own the learning experience and embrace the idea that real growth is hard work - just like developing a muscle. As they "learn to learn," they understand the importance of asking good questions, taking risks, and remaining curious about the world around them.

Learn to Be

The Acton Academy Seacoast experience immerses students in real-life situations in ways that allow them to build the social, emotional, and executive skills needed to make a difference in the world. We guide students to develop personal virtues such as honesty, hard work, responsibility, kindness, and empathy. Whether it's suggesting new rules in Town Hall Meeting, holding a friend accountable during group work, leading a studio maintenance team or reflecting on missing their math goal, students are constantly exercising and honing life skills.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Hero's Journey

Learning at Acton Academy Seacoast is an invitation to 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, to live a life of meaning. Our mission is to prepare everyone his or her special journey.

We believe character is central to living a life of meaning. Our educational philosophy is grounded on this idea. We believe clear thinking leads to good decisions. Good decisions lead to good habits. Good habits lead to character and character leads to destiny.

Growing Young Entrepreneurs

Each year we host a Children's Business Fair, allowing each student to create a business from scratch. Watch the video to learn more and see it in action at Acton Academy Austin

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How We Measure Mastery

Our students demonstrate the mastery of tools, skills, and character by earning badges, creating portfolios and presenting their work to the public.

Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math, and spelling. Character development is represented by each student's "Learning to Be" badges.

Individual portfolios are used to collect rough drafts, photos, videos, and finished products.

At the end of most quests, students present their work to experts, customers or the public for a real-world test.

Self Paced Learning Through Adaptive Software

Hi, I'm Sarah Cheek.

Co-founder and Head of School at Acton Academy Seacoast

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