Studio Design

Our studios are designed to create flexible spaces for work, learning, and play. It is a tight-knit community of mixed-age children who support each other and collaborate daily. This environment fosters a culture of respect and much of the character development that occurs here.

We replaced external motivators like high-stakes test scores and grades with an intrinsic growth mindset, so our children are motivated to work hard and have fun. Respect is the foundation for every other skill we learn at Acton Academy Amador. We respect our time, our fellow learners, our space, and our materials. The children work together to create rules for the space. Some areas might be off limits for play, while others are more flexible. Ultimately, the learners come together to agree to those ground rules and promises—all based on a key promise to not distract themselves or each other during times of work.

Primary Spark Studio

Ages 5-6

  1. Be curious and have fun
  2. Play and explore natural interests
  3. Build the foundations of Reading, Goal Setting, and Indpendent Learning
Apply to Spark

Elementary Studio

Ages 6-11

  1. Have fun and be kind
  2. Set and track goals; Ask great questions
  3. Solid foundation of Math, Reading, Writing, and Civilization
  4. Explore and be curious and develop a love of learning through hands-on project-based learning
Apply to Discovery

Middle School Studio

Ages 11-14

  1. Learn to work hard
  2. Manage your work and lead your studio
  3. Mastery of Core skills
  4. Dive deep in Quests; Explore the real world through Apprenticeships
Apply to Adventure
"I would never have believed children could learn so much from each other – until I saw it with my own eyes. The lessons of self management and self governance have prepared our fifth-grade son to be a lifelong learner.”

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I'm Co-Founder of Acton Academy Amador.

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