A day in the life

A day in our Studios is creativity within constraints: large blocks of time for work and play with clear but broad guardrails, equipping young people to manage their time, set goals, and track progress.

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Daily Schedule

Each day is broken up into work sprints with a shared purpose or goal.
A school day runs from 9am-3pm with 15 min for drop-off/pick-up.
Families also have access to a wide range of after-school programs.

Drop-off time
Wellness Activity

Journaling, Reflection, Nature Walk, Yoga, or Meditation

Daily Launch (Socratic Discussion)
Core Skills

Goal setting, math, writers' workshop, reading, civilization discussion

Snack Break
Core Skills

Goal setting, math, writers' workshop, reading, civilization discussion

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) / Art / P.E.
Quest (Real-World Projects)

Hands-on work, team-based challenges, sciences, coding, entrepreneurship, art & music, history, report on goals.

Studio Maintenance
Closing Reflection (Socratic Discussion)
Pick-up time

The schedule is flexible to accommodate different learning needs. Students can rearrange work blocks and choose from a variety of work options based on personal goals, passions, and commitments.

"Our son is excelling in his current learning environment. He is passionate about learning and has made strong friendships."

Parent at Acton Academy
Elementary Studio

A Learner-Driven Community

Our young heroes learn in tightly bound communities with extremely high standards of excellence, where self-management and self-governance are celebrated daily.

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    Learners create and sign a Contract of Promises describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.

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    Running Partners and Squads encourage younger and older heroes to listen, affirm, set goals, and hold each other accountable.

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    Servant Leader badges celebrate warm-hearted and tough-minded decisions that build character.

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