ACTON ACADEMY IS EMPOWERING CHILDREN FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE.

 
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ACTON IS EDUCATION, REIMAGINED.
YOU’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT.

We are excited to announce that Acton Academy, an innovative 21st-century private micro-school, is coming to Waterloo Region September 2021. We are currently accepting families on the waitlist for the 12 spots in our Montessori Studio (ages 4-7), and the 16 spots in our Elementary Studio (ages 8-11). 

 

IF YOU WANTED TO JOIN A REVOLUTION,
YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE.

WATCH VIDEO BELOW

 
 

CULTIVATING CURIOSITY, GRIT & RESILIENCE.

CURIOSITY
We believe that asking the right questions is more important than knowing the right answers.

GRIT
We encourage children to try their very best every day. We praise effort, hard work, struggle, and persistence.

RESILIENCE
We celebrate failure, and encourage children to learn from their mistakes and develop a growth mindset.


FIND A CALLING.
CHANGE THE WORLD. 

We believe that every child that walks through our doors has genius within and is destined to change the world, and we inspire them to believe the same in themselves.

We guide children to find their calling and ignite the spark that will set them on their own hero’s journey.

 
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People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
— Steve Jobs

INSPIRING. CHALLENGING. EMPOWERING.

 

At Acton Academy, the end goal of learning isn’t to get a good score on a test or to get an “A”, it is to solve real problems, analyze a moral dilemma, make difficult decisions, persuade an audience, and create innovative opportunities for the world.

 

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Education reimagined. Learning turned upside down.

At Acton Academy, we use state-of-the-art learning software (Elementary Studio), real-world projects, Socratic discussions, and a student-driven, multi-age learning environment to supercharge the learning process. Children at Acton Academy Waterloo are independent learners who find great joy in learning, in a tight-knit community that upholds the highest standards of excellence.

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Learning to learn, Learning to do, and Learning to be.

Acton Academy learners don’t spend their days memorizing and regurgitating facts, they have a chance to discover who they are, build character, develop critical thinking skills, discover their passions, and learn hands-on real-world skills through project-based learning. We believe that learning to learn, learning to do, and learning to be are far more important than simply learning to know.

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Self-directed, self-paced mastery of math, reading, and writing.

Through deliberate practice and the latest in educational technology, elementary learners spend their mornings working independantly on their core academic skills. Our youngest learners engage with hands-on Montessori learning resources to build a deep foundational understanding in literacy and math.

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Collaboration, peer-to-peer learning and authentic relationships.

Through community promises, daily group discussions, and town-hall meetings, learners form a tightly-bound community led mostly by themselves. In our Elementary Studio, learners provide feedback and critique each other’s work, learning from one another, and collaborate daily on real-world hands-on projects. 


Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world.
— Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, Previously Executive Director of Education for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

WHAT IF CHILDREN ARE FAR MORE CAPABLE THAN WE EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED?

Well, we believe they are.

 
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HOW ACTON ACADEMY IS TRANSFORMING EDUCATION

 

Acton Academy exists to move learners on a journey to understand and develop their most precious gifts, discover their deepest passions, and use them to serve others in a meaningful way that brings them joy. We believe our learners will go on to change the world in a profound way. The videos below will take you on a tour of the founding Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. Our school, Acton Academy Waterloo, will operate under the same mission, beliefs, philosophy, curriculum and promises.

 
 
 

Acton Academy is on the leading edge of what it means to give students agency of their own learning.
— Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy

A 21st CENTURY CURRICULUM,
FOR THE 21st CENTURY.

 

We disregard tradition and favour current research and best practices in education. Because that’s what makes sense.

 
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DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY EDUCATION?

Acton Academy Waterloo is an innovative private micro-school opening September 2021 in Waterloo Region. We welcome families from Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and the surrounding areas.

We’re accepting wait list submissions for our founding families, children between the ages of 4 and 7 in our new Montessori Studio and children between the ages of 8 and 11 in our new Elementary Studio. We will be growing organically to include a middle school and a high school in the near future.

This is your chance to be on the leading edge of education in Waterloo Region. This is your chance to give your child an extraordinary education.

Join the revolution. Start your hero’s journey. Change the world.

 

Our job is obvious: We need to get out of the way, shine a light, and empower a new generation to teach itself and to go further and faster than any generation ever has.
— Seth Godin, Entrepreneur, best-selling author of 18 books, and a highly sought-after public speaker