“STUDENTS IN THE STUDY SCHOOLS EXHIBITED GREATER GAINS IN ACHIEVEMENT THAN THEIR PEERS, HAD HIGHER GRADUATION RATES, WERE BETTER PREPARED FOR COLLEGE, AND SHOWED GREATER PERSISTENCE IN COLLEGE” - LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND
“SITTING IN ROWS AND LISTENING TO CONTENT DELIVERED THROUGH A LECTURE IS SLOWLY BEING REPLACED WITH ACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS WHERE STUDENTS ARE PROMPTED TO ASK QUESTIONS, SEEK OUT RELEVANT INFORMATION, AND APPLY INFORMATION, NOT JUST REMEMBER IT.”
THE BLENDED CLASSROOM (ONLINE + IN-CLASS LEARNING)
“WHEN STUDENTS ARE ENGAGED AND MOTIVATED AND FEEL MINIMAL STRESS, INFORMATION FLOWS FREELY THROUGH THE AFFECTIVE FILTER IN THE AMYGDALA AND THEY ACHIEVE HIGHER LEVELS OF COGNITION, MAKE CONNECTIONS, AND EXPERIENCE “AHA” MOMENTS. SUCH LEARNING COMES NOT FROM QUIET CLASSROOMS AND DIRECTED LECTURES, BUT FROM CLASSROOMS WITH AN ATMOSPHERE OF EXUBERANT DISCOVERY” (KOHN, 2004)
A RECENT STUDY, A REVIEW OF 26 PREVIOUS STUDIES LOOKING AT THE IMPACT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, FOUND THAT KIDS WHO GET EXTRA PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SCHOOL DO BETTER IN READING AND MATH. - CNN
“MULTIAGE DOES NOT TRY TO FIT THE CHILD TO THE PRE-DETERMINED CURRICULUM, BUT RATHER CHOOSES A BROAD-BASED CURRICULUM TO FIT THE NEEDS OF THE CHILD.” - SANDRA STONE
ACTON APPROACH TO PERSONAL GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
The latest in educational technology for self paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills.
Deep Socratic discussions 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.
Focus on the 4 Cs: Communication skills, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity
ACTON APPROACH TO DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS
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 that celebrate character and completing leadership challenges.
ACTON APPROACH ON EARNING BADGES TO PROVE YOU'VE MASTERED NEW SKILLS
Children work at their own pace to achieve mastery in the core skills of reading, grammar, and math rather than to earn grades or pass tests. In mastery learning, children take the time they need to master a topic before moving on to the next, more advanced level. This personalized approach to learning allows them to zoom past topics they quickly grasp and to be more deliberate in other topics.
Learners core skill and character development 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.
"Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world. The story behind the ideas, the school, and the movement is a must read.” ~ Tom Van der Ark, CEO of Getting Smart