An Innovative Elementary School Opening in the East Bay Area

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is a Hero's Journey?
  • We want to inspire you to use your most special gifts, in a way that brings great joy, to solve a deep burning need in the world. At Acton Academy, we call this a Hero’s Journey.

  • What is the school calendar and what does Acton Academy East Bay cost?
  • Acton Academy East Bay runs eleven months a year, typically with five to seven week “sprints” followed by a week off.

  • What age range do you accept at Acton Academy East Bay?
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, we will accept ages 5 through 12. For future academic years, we will serve first grade through high school.

  • 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. We set Daily, Weekly, and Session goals between the student and the Guides.
    2. We utilize robust real-time data for each of our online learning tools. At any given time both parents and Guides can find out exactly what their student is learning. It easily allows us to track progress, identify areas of struggle and close any learning gaps. 
The staff is alerted if a student gets anymore than 2 wrong in a row. Having a small class size, we are able to work one on one with the student to make sure that we can close gaps and help them master the skill. The web based programs don’t allow the student to move on to the next skill until it has been mastered.
    3. We utilize individual paper portfolios where each student showcases and adds their best work. We can measure their growth in things such as History, Writer’s Workshops, and any Quest use projects we have.
    4. Though we never “teach to the test”, standardized tests given each Fall & Spring provide useful benchmark data.