Our Studios

For ages 5 to 8

Spark Studio

Harness curiosity

Inspired by Maria Montessori’s method and Acton Academy principles, our young heroes get to experience self-paced hands-on learning, age-appropriate discussion, and ample outdoor time with a mix of adventures and play.

Spark learners:

  • Grow curiosity through hands-on projects and outdoor adventures.
  • Build the foundations of independent learning, reading, writing, communication, and math.
  • Explore natural interests, develop friendships, and have a LOT of fun.

For ages 7-11

Elementary Studio

Accomplish important work and play well with others

An Acton Elementary Studio is like a close-knit neighborhood where learners tackle important work, solve problems, collaborate with peers, and engage in increasingly challenging games.

Elementary aged learners:

  • Ask great questions.
  • Have fun and welcome others.
  • Set and track goals.
  • Build a solid foundation in math, reading, writing, and Civilization.
  • Explore, are curious and develop a love of learning through hands-on project-based learning.

For ages 10-14

Middle School Studio

Learn to work hard

Acton Academy Middle School is where young heroes learn to work hard, tackle complex computational challenges; communicate clearly and persuasively and develop the passion and real-world skills needed to make a difference in the world.

Middle School learners:

  • Master core skills (reading, writing, and math) through hands on projects and the latest technology.
  • Develop critical thinking and an appreciation for heroes and history through Socratic discussions.
  • Dive deeply into biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, finance and psychology through immersive quests and public exhibitions.
  • Prepare for the real world through challenging apprenticeships.

For ages 13-18

Launchpad Studio

Committing to a Next Great Adventure

Launchpad (high school) is where learners prepare for the adventure of a lifetime, whether the next step is a selective college, launching their own business or a first job at SpaceX or Google.

Extraordinary young leaders spend time doing what they love to do; inspired by world class coaches and experts; having fun with friends as they create lifelong memories.


  • Read deep literature; communicate clearly and powerfully; and tackle real world computational challenges.
  • Wrestle with timeless moral dilemmas through Socratic discussions in Civilization and through studio governance.
  • Dive deeply into college level biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, finance and psychology through immersive quests and public exhibitions.
  • Serve in leadership roles in lower studios, their community, and around the world in the Acton Network.

We believe that learning to do, learning to be, and learning to learn are more important than memorization.