our philosophy of learning

 

WE BELIEVE THAT...

Clear thinking leads to good decisions, good decisions lead to the right habits, the right habits lead to character and character becomes destiny.

 

Our learner-driven community  is run mostly by our Eagles, where closely connected families of lifelong learners are bound by clear covenants; at Acton, learning to do and learning to be are even more important than learning to know. 

 

   21st CENTURY LEARNING

  • 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.

 


A LEARNER-DRIVEN COMMUNITY

Students create and sign a Contract of Promises describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.

Mentor teams encourage younger and older students to listen, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.

Learn to Be badges celebrate character and the completion of leadership challenges.


MEASURING MASTERY

  • Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.
  • Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling and character development in Learn to Be badges.
  • Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.
  • Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.

PERSONALIZED TOOLS

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