Our Education Philosophy


Learning Design

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.

Learn To Do

Quest-based learning, Creativity and Innovation

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

Socratic Guiding, Critical Thinking and a Growth-Mindset

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

A Student-led Community

We will step back so that each learner can step up and obtain the qualities of a curious, independent, lifelong learner, 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

Mastery-based learning

We make time everyday 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).


Progression through 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.

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