FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What age range do you serve?
We are currently accepting students, ages 5-11 for our Spark and Elementary Studios.
For future academic years we plan to grow organically, to include Middle and High School Studios.
Will children be grouped into grades?
We believe that children learn best in a multi-age environment, rather than age-based grade levels.
Students work through subject mastery in their individualized curriculum.
When are your classes in session?
Our 2020-21 school year starts September 8th and runs through July 2nd.
The full 2020-21 school calendar can be found here.
What is a Hero's Journey?
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that
must be faced with integrity and purpose in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life.
Our mission is to prepare your child for their special journey.
What kind of learner thrives at Acton Academy North Broward?
Kids who love to learn and are curious, self-motivated, and respectful.
Our environment supports an independent learner who can tackle challenging questions,
follow instructions, and solve problems.
Does your school serve children with special needs?
We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities but may be able to serve
young heroes with dyslexia who receive special training and support.
We believe that many minor learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed.
Why a learner-driven classroom?
We believe in encouraging students to take responsibility for their own behavior
and hold those around them to a high standard. When something isn’t working, we want our
students to work together to solve the problem, not look for an adult to solve it for them.
This creates a sense of independence and confidence that will serve them well in all areas of life.
How do you use technology in the classroom?
We believe in the power of balance. Using incredible, self-paced eLearning tools,
we are able to provide the rigor needed for learning math, vocabulary, spelling and grammar.
This amounts to about 45-60 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging,
project-based learning. The two are highly complementary.
Is Acton Academy North Broward accredited?
Yes. We are accredited by the International Association of Learner-Driven Schools.
Acton courses and schools are also approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
What do you mean by “every child will find a calling to change the world”?
We believe each of our learners will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do.
They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world.
Our role is to empower and support them through this journey.
How do you measure how each student is progressing?
Students set daily, weekly, and session goals in our online system — Journey Tracker.
Journey Tracker also provides real-time progress data, which we use to identify areas of struggle
and close any learning gaps. Students do not move past a skill until achieving mastery.
Additionally, each student manages an individual portfolio to showcase their best work.
Is Acton Academy North Broward a Montessori school?
While not a Montessori school, we do use 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. We incorporate 21st century e-Learning tools, hands on projects,
and the Socratic method for meaningful discussions.
Is this a religious school?
While we expose children to the importance of mindfulness, ethical principles, and the significance
of religion in history and the development of society, we are not a religious school.
We value and respect each individual’s beliefs.
Are you a part of a chain or franchise?
Acton Academy North Broward is an independent school and member of the
Acton Academy Affiliate Network that finds it's inspiration from the founding Acton Academy
in Austin, Texas. The network maintains active collaboration towards constantly evolving best practices.
The original founders are on our board of advisors.
Do you offer team sports?
Although we do not currently offer organized team sports, many of our students participate in city leagues.
Our students explore a variety of athletics through our physical education programs.
Who was Lord Acton?
Our namesake, Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom
who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for
the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." We celebrate his defense of economic, political and religious freedom.
There is a phenomenal bond forming between the Eagles. They have progressed so much as a group in the last couple of months. It’s amazing to see.
I don’t have enough words to describe what an amazing and unique experience my daughter is having at Acton Academy! Over the past few months she has grown and improved not only academically but also as a human being! The education approach is great with lots of creativity and freedom that has the child strive for more learning. It is also lots of fun!
We love seeing so many positive changes in our daughter's behavior. I’ve never seen a child counting minutes until he/she goes to school - well it's HAPPENING here! Feeling absolutely grateful and lucky for my daughter to be a part of such wonderful school!
I love when he corrects people by saying "no, we don't have teachers, we have guides. They guide us through our journey". He corrected not only one person, but two people that asked him how he was doing in school. "It's not school, it's an academy and we have a studio, not a classroom."
Thank you for everything you do.