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ACTON ACADEMY 

SILICON VALLEY

LEARNING

ACTON ACADEMY SILICON VALLEY

OUR APPROACH

The transformative learning process at Acton Academy Silicon Valley is designed to help our learners grow both in and out of the classroom. Each day is filled with opportunities to experience new educational and social situations to further development. Our guides create a safe and open setting, where they can encourage learners to explore the world around them.

OUR LEARNING PILLARS

LEARN TO DO

Through hands-on projects, experiential learning and an entrepreneurial mindset our learners will master the skills needed to solve real-world problems while learning the value of teamwork, problem-solving, hard work and perseverance

LEARN TO LEARN

Instead of lectures, we offer intellectual challenges and “Quests” and guide the students to find the skills, tools, and materials to construct their own answers.

LEARN TO BE

We will step back so that each learner can step up and obtain the qualities of a curious, independent, lifelong learners, such as character, collaboration, and citizenship.

Character: A commitment to life-long learning through resilience, perseverance, authenticity, humility, and respect.

Collaboration and Citizenship: Become a global citizen. Appreciate democratic values and compromise. Understand the past, participate in the present and care about the future.

LEARN TO KNOW

We make time every day for our learners to master the foundations of core academic skills (Math, English Language Arts, Civics) through project-based exploration, self-paced mastery, and deliberate practice of Communication skills (reading, oral, and written).

MASTERY

BASED

LEARNING

Gamification & Quests

Learners use mastery-based software to develop their core-skills in Math, Science, Reading & Writing. Badges are awarded and learners go at their own pace. Learning through gamification keeps children excited to learn.

Quests are what really sets Acton Academy Silicon Valley apart from traditional schools as they are unique to our curriculum. Quests are four-to-six-week series of challenges bound by a compelling narrative and are designed to teach real-world skills.

QUEST OVERVIEW

WHAT ARE QUESTS

Quests are a 4-6 week series of challenges bound by a compelling narrative and designed to deliver 21st-century skills.
• ES Quests: broad explorations of science & curiosity
• MS/LP Quests: dive deeper and add rigor

WHEN DO QUESTS HAPPEN?

Each afternoon, learners dedicate roughly 2.5 hours to quests

HOW ARE QUEST GOALS SET?

Guides offer:

  • (A) a narrative, using Socratic discussions, decorations, role plays, etc.

  • (B) a series of challenges.

  • (C) points, badge requirements, and rules of the game.

• Learners then lead Quests as Guides step back

HOW IS PROGRESS MEASURED?

• Points for challenges earned
• Badges for completed Quests

• Exhibitions showcasing finished work

• Portfolios for work they're especially proud of

Arrival & Free Time

8am - 8:25am

Morning Launch (Socratic)

8:30am - 8:45am

SMART Goals & Core Skills

8:45am - 9:45am

Brain Break

9:45am - 10:15am

Core Skills

10:15am - 11:15am

Lunch & Free Time

11:15am - 12:15pm

Afternoon Launch (Socratic)

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Quests

12:30pm - 2:15pm

Report on Goals

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Studio Maintenance

2:45pm - 3pm

Closing (Socratic)

3pm - 3:15pm

DAILY LIFE

When you step into one of our mixed-age studios, you will hear the buzzing and feel the magic of children working independently or in groups with the freedom, space and time to learn and discover. 

Our environment is a real-world model, where children of all ages interact with each other, not separated based on their age or abilities. They are free to move at their appropriate pace and look to their peers for guidance so that they can each achieve and develop the skills they need to tackle the real world.

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READY TO GET CONNECTED?

WHAT TO EXPECT

Meet our Founder, Head of Admissions & Guides, and find out if Acton SV is right for your family. - 2022/2023 dates are linked below.

Book a Virtual Info Session or Open House.

MASTERY BASED LEARNING

Learners use mastery-based software to develop their core-skills in Math, Science, Reading & Writing. Badges are awarded and learners go at their own pace. Learning through gamification keeps children excited to learn.

Quests are what really sets Acton Academy Silicon Valley apart from traditional schools as they are unique to our curriculum. Quests are four-to-six-week series of challenges bound by a compelling narrative and are designed to teach real-world skills.

WHAT ARE QUESTS?

Quests are a 4-6 week series of challenges bound by a compelling narrative and designed to deliver 21st-century skills.

WHEN DO QUESTS HAPPEN?

Each afternoon, learners dedicate roughly 2.5 hours to quests

HOW ARE QUEST GOALS SET?

Guides offer:

  • (A) a narrative, using Socratic discussions, decorations, role plays, etc.

  • (B) a series of challenges.

  • (C) points, badge requirements, and rules of the game.

• Learners then lead Quests as Guides step back

HOW IS PROGRESS MEASURED?

• Points for challenges earned
• Badges for completed Quests

• Exhibitions showcasing finished work

• Portfolios for work they're especially proud of

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