- When was Acton Academy at Serenbe established?
- What grades do we serve?
- Is Acton Academy a Montessori School?
- What do you mean by "independent learner"?
- Will children be grouped into grades?
- Does Acton serve special needs children?
- How does Acton track student performance?
- How much time will your child spend outdoors?
- How much time will your child spend on a screen?
WHEN WAS ACTON ACADEMY AT SERENBE ESTABLISHED?
While the board of directors has been working behind the scenes to get ready for our transition into an Acton Academy elementary program, AAAS will not begin classes until Fall of 2018. The Childrens House at Serenbe will remain a Montessori primary and elementary until the last day of the 17-18 school year which is May 25 2018.
WHAT GRADES DO WE SERVE?
We currently serve Early Childhood Montessori through 4th grade (equivalent) elementary with plans to expand through high school in the future!
IS ACTON ACADEMY A MONTESSORI SCHOOL?
Our Primary School is a Montessori while Acton Elementary extends upon Maria Montessori’s philosophies. Acton also uses the latest interactive technologies, hands-on projects and the Socratic Method for discussion. Acton is sometimes referred to as Montessori 2.0
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY "INDEPENDENT LEARNER"?
An "independent learner" is someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don't know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help—participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.
WILL CHILDREN BE GROUPED INTO GRADES?
We believe that children learn best whilst working alongside peers both younger and older than themselves rather than separated into age-based groups. In addition to their individualized curricula, every student, regardless of age, works together in groups.
DOES ACTON SERVE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN?
We are currently not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities, but should be able to serve young heroes with dyslexia if with the guide receiving the necessary outside training. Heroes with learning differences such as ADHD can excel with solid support from their families!
HOW DO WE TRACK STUDENT PERFORMANCE?
Students earn badges for mastery of core skills in lieu of traditional grades (A, B,C, D, F). Receiving a badge means mastery in that core skill (equivalent of an A). Badges are not earned until they have reached mastery in that specific area, thus ensuring that students successfully learn and process what they're studying. Badges are translatable as transcripts to other academic institutions.
Every year, students complete a standardized test (ACT12) to verify that they are performing at or above grade level while retaining the knowledge and experience earned. Even so, we do not take a "teach to the test" approach", opting rather for our individualized approach.
Students demonstrate the results of their learning journey through showcases, productions, markets and presentations on their studies.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL YOUR CHILD SPEND OUTDOORS?
Lots! We work with the community of Serenbe to facilitate immersive learning on our local farm and with our arts organizations as well as community business organizations. Heroes also have the freedom to take breaks outside on our campus at their discretion. We also have organized P/E and daily recreation time
HOW MUCH TIME WILL YOUR CHILD SPEND ON A SCREEN?
Eagles typically spend between 1-2 hours per day using computers for active learning. Depending on the student and the project being undertaken, it can vary day to day.