What if children are far more capable than we imagine?

Tej Acton Academy is an innovative, independent K-12th grade school in Campbell, CA designed for each child to discover their inner genius- or 'Tej'. We're reinventing education, and your family can be a part of it. High School planned for Fall 2026.

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“I am confident that any randomly-selected ten-year-old from Acton would have succeeded instantly where at least some MIT graduates failed.”Matt Greenfield
Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Education,
Editorial Board of the Yale University Journal of Law and Humanities.

“The most amazing outcome at Acton is that young heroes there are genuinely enthralled with learning. Simply said, they LOVE school.”Heather Staker
Christensen Institute and President of Ready to Blend. Co-author of Blended.

“Acton Academy is the gold standard in educational innovation. It prepares students to be leaders, problem solvers, and entrepreneurs in the real world.”Don Wettrick
Author and founder of StartEdUp.

"Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world."Tom Vander Ark
CEO of Getting Smart, former Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The most amazing outcome at Acton is that young heroes there are genuinely enthralled with learning. Simply said, they LOVE school.”Heather Staker
Christensen Institute and President of Ready to Blend. Co-author of Blended.

“I am confident that any randomly-selected ten-year-old from Acton would have succeeded instantly where at least some MIT graduates failed.”Matt Greenfield
Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Education, Editorial Board of the Yale University Journal of Law and Humanities.

“Acton Academy is the gold standard in educational innovation. It prepares students to be leaders, problem solvers, and entrepreneurs in the real world.”Don Wettrick
Author and founder of StartEdUp.

"Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world."Tom Vander Ark
CEO of Getting Smart, former Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

What makes
Tej Acton Academy different?

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Young people doing challenging work at their own pace.
Kids learning at Acton
Acton Campus in Austin
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Collaborating on real-world projects.
Girl in Acton Campus
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Earning points for effort and badges for mastery.
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Sharing learning in a tightly bound community.
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Using the latest technology to master reading, writing, and math.
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On a Hero’s Journey, with challenges, adventures, fellow travelers, and guides.
Kindergarten Studio
Elementary Studio
Middle Studio

Learner-driven communities run by heroes-in-the-making

Self-management and self-governance are celebrated daily by learners who use 21st Century skills to tackle real world projects, inspired by classic heroes in a tightly bound community with extremely high standards.

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A School Built for Innovation
Guiding Tomorrow's Leaders

Traditional School

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School is like a factory with bells, shifts, and a one-size-fits-all learning path
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Same-age students sitting behind rows of desks
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Rigid schedules and a fixed-pace lead to boredom and gaps in learning
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Memorization and testing of rules and facts
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One-dimensional assessment where a report card with letter grades measures success
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One teacher is the authority; lecturing to many students and driving all learning

Tej Acton Academy

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School is a Hero's Journey with big goals, mentors, tools, and a destination you care about
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Work Collaboratively in Mixed-Age studios like at Google or Facebook for leadership skills
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Self-Paced Progression to Subject Mastery for a deep foundation without stress or homework
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Multi-disciplinary, Real-World Projects for executive function and problem solving skills
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Public Exhibitions, Mastery Transcripts, and Portfolios exemplify comprehensive learning and dazzle college admissions
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Socratic Guides equip and inspire self-directed learning and critical thinking

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Acton Academy's proven model of education is exemplified in its 15-year growth to the largest microschool community in the world with more than 300 campuses in 30 countries.

‍"This remarkable book captures the powerful journeys of Acton Academy’s founders, students, parent community, and — I hope — the future of education around the globe.”
Ted Dintersmith
Education Author, Film Producer, and Philanthropist

REAL WORLD RESULTS

At Acton Academy, excellence is not just a goal; it's a way of life. Tej Acton Academy students consistently exceed expectations; advancing on average an impressive 2.5 grade levels ahead of their peers (from traditional school) in just three years. This accelerated progress allows them the flexibility to co-enroll in college courses and graduate high school at the age of 16.

Whether they're choosing a top-tier university, working at the forefront of innovation at Google or SpaceX, launching their own entrepreneurial ventures, or making a difference at organizations like the World Health Organization, Acton Academy graduates are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and grit to make a meaningful impact on the world.

More importantly, Acton Academy graduates have a clear grasp of who they are, where they want to go, and the person they want to become; prepared to to lead with courage, compassion and integrity in an ever-changing world.

Our Mission

To cultivate self-driven, responsible learners with the courage to embrace challenges, discover their innate potential, and to pursue their calling that will change the world.

"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 daughter to be a lifelong learner.”
Parent, Elementary Studio
"I value how the instructors instill leadership skills, allowing the students to take initiative in the classroom, encouraging daily discussions, having the students take ownership of their projects and then giving presentations in fron of their peers, family and visitors. My son is having fun while learning many subjects. Homework is not assigned, and now we have quality family time after school and evenings. At his previous school, he received good grades, but it was not enjoyable. I'm so glad  to have found a new path for my son."
Frances
Tej AA Parent
"My 5 year old daughter started going to school for the first time here at Tej Acton. She absolutely loves going to school everyday and can't wait to tell us what she learns everyday. The school is very clean and you can tell the guides were carefully chosen to guide these children on their journey of education. The guides love the kids and are passionate about the children's learning process. Small class sizes are a huge bonus. Would definitely recommend!"
Tram D
Tej AA Parent
"My kids have been attending Tej Acton Academy for four years now and it has been the best thing that happpened to our family. Though our kids attended school in the very sought out Cupertino School District - I was always looking for something that wouldn't strip my kid of their essence and turn them into manufactured, streamlined robots. As a mom, I want my kids to be happy and to know how to handle adversity and come out the other side thriving. When I look at their education from this perspective, I know, without a doubt in my mind, Tej Acton Academy is where they will cultivate this."
Mansi
Tej AA Parent

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