1. A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Acton Academy at Serenbe’s core promise is to partner with you, our parents, to love and inspire each child to begin their own “Hero’s Journey”. This journey will allow our children to develop their courage and character, to discover their calling in life through genuine curiosity and servant leadership focused on improving our world. “We believe in the power of love. Each student can find a ‘calling,’ using his or her most precious gifts, in a way that brings great joy, to solve a deep burning need in the world.”(Laura Sanderfer)

Courage, curiosity, and character, foster genuine appreciation for the arts, the wonders of the physical world, and the mystery of life. Our students learn to treasure economic, political, and religious freedom through a student-centered model for learning rooted in brain-based research. This methodology is rapidly gaining notoriety throughout the world, as evidence supporting effectiveness of student-centered learning continues to grow exponentially.
(adapted from https://www.gettingsmart.com/2014/10/acton-academy-invitation-heros-journey/)

“Our young people at Acton are learning that courage, grit, and perseverance matter far more than regurgitating facts.”
-Jeff Sandefer

Our heroes on campus here in Serenbe will be armed with a powerful work ethic; hunger for a meaningful calling in life rooted in love for their fellow man; comprehension of how and why civilizations rise and fall; and meaningful skills and work/learning experiences from apprenticeships and portfolios. They will develop and master critical analysis, communication, and leadership skills missing in so many of today’s youth. Foundational principles instilled in our children are to work hard, strive for excellence, and to treat others with the respect they deserve as fellow humans experiencing life’s journey together.
(adapted from http://eaglesofacton.com/)

The “Hero’s Journey” is not an affront to reason. It affirms life as an adventure of self-discovery motivated by genuine love and a desire to serve others. The journey creates a shift away from self-protective ego, overcoming self-doubt and fear, and developing a higher level of thinking. The result is a recognition of the necessity for, and a desire to meaningfully serve others. Heroes from whom our children can learn include Nightingale, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless others.
(adapted from: http://www.actonacademyparents.com/six-things-to-know-about-the-heros-journey/)

Considering our society and the values it promotes today, do you believe future generations will grow in these essential qualities without intentionality? I do not. Without a partnership of shared values between parents like you, and schools like Acton Academy at Serenbe, the future of our children is at best a gamble.

The Hero’s Journey is not easy, but the trials will be worth the sacrifice for our children. We can do this together…

Ed Lindekugel
CEO Acton Academy at Serenbe