We both attended public schools and were honor students, received college degrees, and achieved high levels in our respective careers. While thinking ahead for our son’s education, we started looking beyond traditional education just to see what opportunities were available. During our journey, Mary happened upon Acton Academy and became fascinated. Once we both looked more deeply into this model, we thought “This is the kind of school that we wish we had attended!” We eagerly searched for a nearby Acton and disappointedly discovered that the closest one was outside of Boston. We love living in the beautiful Lakes Region and moving our family was not an appealing idea.
After much thought and consideration, we looked into creating our own Acton Academy. We visited the founding (flagship) campus out in Austin, TX and talked extensively with the founders, Laura and Jeff Sandefer. Our excitement grew and we found that we couldn’t wait to come back to NH and share this amazing experience with our son, friends, neighbors and the Lakes Region Community!
In Fall of 2019, Acton Academy New Hampshire will open for elementary school students (ages 5-10), with the future aim to expand to middle school and high school students. Acton students learn mastery of the core skills of reading, writing, spelling, and math. They also experience deep-learning “quests” throughout the school year which build the knowledge, skills, techniques, self-drive, self-reliance, self-confidence and the “grit” to be successful students and citizens in the 21st century.
Acton students are kind, work hard, have fun and discover their own individual passions...all with no homework! (That’s not a typo...no homework!) Acton emphasizes that family time is important, so that time after school belongs to the family. We believe that every person is on a hero’s journey and that we all have a special genius inside of us. Acton helps every child develop that genius and find their passions so that they can make this world and community a better place.