Frequently Asked Questions
Which age groups do you serve?
Our Elementary School (ES) Studio serves ages 7 thru 10. Heroes will stretch their abilities in Reading, Math and Writing while they challenge themselves to hone their leadership skills by leading younger learners. They will work within the full Acton Academy model – Socratic Discussions, Core Skills and Hands-On Quests..
Our Middle School (MS) Studio serves ages 11 thru 15. In this environment, heroes will demonstrate mastery of all elementary badges and move up to finding their areas of interest. As middle schoolers, our learners prepare for apprenticeships, complete authentic writing assignments, and participate in hands-on quests that inspire creativity and independent thinking. We prepare them for life by giving them the time and space to fail early, fail often, and fail cheaply.
Is Acton Academy a Montessori school?
We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy, but we are not a Montessori school. We also use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.
Why don’t you group children by grade?
We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age. In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in groups.
What is an “independent learner?”
An independent learner is 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.
What do you mean by 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.
Do your studios serve students with special needs?
We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities. We do welcome applications and conversations from all families for all children.
How do you ensure a high quality learning environment?
Deep at the core of Acton Academy is our commitment to serving customers and receiving transparent feedback. Because of this, we ask families to participate in a bi-weekly Customer Satisfaction Survey, where we ask them to rate us 1-5 on how well we accomplished our promises. We then share the results with the community. These surveys are our most important metric to measure the success of the learning community.
Is Acton Academy a religious school?
While we respect every individual and his/her belief system, our family is a practicing Christian family. We believe that each person has a unique calling, given to us by God, and it is our mission to encourage young people to find their callings and change the world.
What is the Acton Academy calendar like?
We operate on neighboring school calendars with options of built in “open studio” weeks after every learning quest (five/six weeks of study). Families can opt to send their children during open studio weeks or take advantage of extra time together.
Learners attend Monday through Friday, August through May.
Will my child be prepared for college at Acton Academy?
Our promise at Acton Academy is to have students well prepared for any selective university where they can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance. Universities are changing so rapidly that it’s difficult to imagine what a college education will look like in ten years. Unfortunately, many colleges still place a great deal of importance on standardized tests, which are little more than IQ tests, and are simple to improve on once you understand basic test taking tricks. Once your child gets over the test taking barrier at the university of their choice, their portfolio and critical thinking skills will be a big boost during the application and interviewing process. Most importantly, students will be well prepared to shine in the real world, whether they choose to go to college full time, part time or not at all.
What is your tuition?
Annual tuition is $9,000. Monthly installments of $750 on a twelve-month payment schedule are accepted. A non-refundable curriculum fee of $350 is due upon registration per child.
Should you wish to pay a full year or full semester, a discount will be applied. A sibling discount will also be applied to families that have multiple children enrolled.
Acton Academy Fishers is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Is Acton Academy Fishers accredited?
Yes, our school is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools (IALDS).