FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What age range do you serve?
We are currently accepting 10 students, ages 6-10 for our Elementary Studio.
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 mixed-age environment, rather than age-based grade levels. Students work through subject mastery in their individualized curriculum.
When are your classes in session?
We will follow the Broward County calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.
What is the cost of tuition?
All founding families will receive a discount of $4,000, resulting in tuition of $10,500 per year/student.
Non-refundable deposit of $1,000 to be applied to your first month's tuition.
An application fee of $250 is due upon acceptance for background screening and administrative costs.
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?
No. Acton Academy North Broward is an independent school, part of an affiliate network that finds it's inspiration from the founding Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. The network maintains active collaboration toward best practices.
Do you offer team sports?
Although we do not 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.