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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Hero's Journey?

Inspiring students to use their most special gifts, in a way that brings great joy, to find a calling and change the world is what we call a Hero's Journey.


What is the school calendar?


Acton Academy East Bay runs eleven months a year, typically with 3-6 week "sprints" or sessions, followed by one week off in between sessions and one month off during summer. To see our calendar request a free info kit.


How much does Acton Academy East Bay cost?


Request a Free Info Kit for more information.


What age range do you accept at Acton Academy East Bay?


Each Academic Calendar, we accept ages 5 through 14, with plans to open a High School next year.

Why is Acton Academy East Bay Private?


Acton Academy East Bay is a completely private school. We do not receive any state funding nor are we subject to state mandated testing or curriculum. It is imperative to our mission and vision that we retain complete control over our curriculum.

What kind of student thrives at Acton?


Students who love to learn, are curious, self-motivated and respectful. Our environment is an accelerator for the independent learner who can tackle challenging questions, follow instructions and solve problems.

Is Acton Academy East Bay 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.

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


We measure student progress in several different ways:

  1. Students set Daily, Weekly, and Session goals regularly.

  2. We utilize robust real-time data from each of our online learning tools. Our eLearning tools allow both parents and Guides to find exactly what the students are learning and how they are progressing at any given time. This also helps to identify areas of struggle and where students may need guidance. Our small guide to student ratio is what allows each student to get the direct attention they deserve to help them thrive and close learning gaps. Our programs also monitor skill proficiency, not allowing students to advance until they have shown mastery.

  3. We utilize individual paper portfolios where each student can showcase their best work. We measure growth in areas including History, Writer's Workshop, and Quest.

  4. Although we never "teach to the test", standardized tests given each Fall and Spring provide benchmark data.

  5. Lastly, skill mastery and completion are awarded in the form of a badge. These badges symbolize lesson or course completion and can be converted to a traditional report card to show student progress.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

Acton Academy East Bay admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Acton Academy East Bay. Acton Academy East Bay does not discriminate based on race, color, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic, and other school-administered programs.

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