A Learner-Driven Community Open to All Families

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At Acton Salado, our goal is to guide children so they become active, intelligent and self-respecting members of our community. We offer a special place for your child to grow, learn and develop according to his or her individual and natural abilities.

We trust children with more than simply absorbing knowledge: They are entrusted with the responsibility and freedom to learn by themselves. Our learner-driven community puts children at the center of their learning, allowing them to create and maintain personal goals and relational covenants where “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”

You will find our small community is an ideal place for your child to reach her or his full potential.

Our promises to your child

They will:

  • Begin a Hero's Journey
  • Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
  • Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.
  • Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.
  • Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.
  • Understand the importance of strong character.
  • Value a healthy lifestyle of mind and body.

Our Methods of Learning

Learn to know
Socratic Guiding

Socratic Discussions and self paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners.

Learn to know

We use the latest in educational technology in a purposeful, meaningful way, allowing students to learn at their own ability level and at their own pace.

Learn to do
Hands-on & Quest-based learning

Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real-world challenges.

Learn to be
Student-driven learning

Children become empowered learners through a democratic environment in which they have choice and voice in the learning process.

Children playing outside

Learning outdoors

In addition to the Acton ideology and philosophy, we are big believers in being outside in nature connecting with the earth.

Our school has a donkey, chickens, and two cows as well as an expansive garden, and our quests and days are built on being outside as much as possible.

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Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Mastery requires commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.

What sets us apart

  • Montessori Prek-1st grade learning"
  • Mixed-Age Studios
  • Mastery level thinking
  • Discovery of God-given gifts/talents
  • Mentorships & Apprenticeships
  • Hands-on Quests & Projects
  • Socratic Discussions & Guiding
  • learner-driven Technology
  • No Homework
  • Zero Bullying Tolerance

Acton Salado students learn together in a mixed age classroom, bringing the classic one-room school house into the modern age. Students learn to mentor and be mentored by one another. Our Guides (our term for teachers) are not lecturers, but act as facilitators of student growth.