Acton Hybrid Academy of Castle Rock

To inspire others to find their God-given calling

Do you want to turn education upside down?

Then maybe Acton Hybrid Academy for Homeschoolers will be a fit for your family or maybe just one or some of your students. We launched September 1st 2020 & have big plans for the next school year! Read & watch the recommended videos and consider joining us at an upcoming event.

Who? Students ages 7/8 & up looking for a Christ-centered student directed program. Please note: potential learners do best when they are reading independently.

What? A 21st century One Room School house based on Montessori project based model that meets two days a week & equips the students to continue those assignments at home.

Where? Beyond Church - behind Safeway in Castle Rock, CO.

When? Tues & Thurs from 8:45 to 3:30 for 28 weeks in Sept-May for the 2020-21 school year. We currently have 2 studios (ages 8-11 & ages 12-16) with 10-14 students each led by an adult paid guide (not teacher).

Why? To fill a need in our family & community for a student-driven education with a one room school house model. That offers a Christian option for home educators to continue through graduation with support & community.

Tuition & fees? We are a private faith-based homeschool support academy and want to keep this as affordable as possible. We are a non-profit business that will use the tuition to pay for our adult guides, rent, supplies, & admin fees. We offer quarterly or semester payment options which includes all CORE classes & electives you will need for the days not at the academy, projects & fun (some families include extra classes at their own expense, it is welcomed, yet not required). Scholarships may be available upon request.

The costs:

$125 non-refundable application fee/student due prior to shadow day

$1,000/semester (14 wks in the fall, 14 wks in the spring) due in July & January

$150-250/semester (per family) facility fee based on number of enrolled families

Looking to offset the costs? We are now taking inquiries for substitute &/or part-time guide positions for middle & high school to start on-the-job training now for 2022-23 school year. Learn more here and apply today!

Check out our FAQ page to learn more!

From our sister academies (there are over 200+ world wide) experience:
"Some students try to fit in. Ours learn to stand out. Acton students grow in character and learn to express themselves with confidence, courage, and creativity. Students complete core skills at their own pace. Real world hands-on projects develop leadership, creativity, and teamwork. We help children find a calling so they can change the world. "

Meet our Guides: Mrs. Sprister, Likens, Weaver & Turner

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Upcoming events

2022-23 school year will began Aug 15th at home and Aug 30th 2022 at our Academy. We have 21 learners ages 8-16 registered for the fall and possible openings for a few more.

Academy Tour: Our next tour will be in October (Date TBD) for possible start in Nov. Due to the unique learning model, it's imperative to see for yourself (& potential students) how we function with guides vs professional teachers, learning plans vs curriculum and no tests.

Exhibition/ where current learners showcase their work from the current session: the first exhibition will be our business fair Oct 15th from 12:30-3:30 at Douglas County Fairgrounds, all are welcome to join the fair as a student vendor or shopper! More details here

Join us for one or all of these events: RSVP to Colleen listing what event(s) you are interested in joining.

A Virtual Tour of Acton Academy 2012-2013

Grades, standardized tests and homework? Never at Acton Academy.

Then how will students learn?


As in any environment we have words & ideas that are specific to us, we believe it's important to know the definition of each term, here are a few Acton families use regularly:

Heroes = our Acton Academy students
Heroes Journey = the journey each student is on to be inspired to use their most special gifts, in a way that brings great joy, to solve a deep burning need in the world.

Studio = a group of similar age students with a adult Guide that works independently & together. (Our Castle Rock location plans to start with two studios = middle & high school)

Guide = the adult leader of the studio that will guide the Socratic conversations, keep students accountable, & inspire them on their heroes journey

Core skills = reading, writing, & math completed online using state-of the art learning software & Socratic discussion

Quests = Competing and collaborating in a game-like series of real world projects to learn 21st Century Skills.

Apprenticeships = Experimenting with entrepreneurs, scientists and community leaders,honing your most precious gifts and talents until you find a “calling” in life.


Five steps (can be completed out of order) to see if our academy is a possible fit for your student(s).

#1 WATCH: Watch two or more these videos with your learner(s) prior to our open house or tour:

#2 TOUR: Attend a tour & overview with your potential student(s) offered during the school year. Then a possible shadow day if we have openings & it's a good fit.

#3 READ: Both parents are asked to read the "Courage to Grow" book.

#4 LEARN: Review these documents to understand how our two day homeschool support academy works:

#5 APPLY: Start the student enrollment / application process and attend a shadow day (none available in the summer but we can discuss options for those interested) then complete the interview questions and research to see if we all agree this is great fit for all.


New families are asked to purchase their own Chromebooks for each enrolled learner. I have found some great used ones on Facebook marketplace for $60-150 or on amazon for under $200. We prefer ones with screens 14inch or larger also make sure they have google play. We purchased some with 11inch screens and they were too small. My computer guy recommends Asus or HP but it's up to your family which brand and features you would like. We will ask students to complete a factory reset if you use it prior to starting school at which time we will add in all the safe guards with go-guardian.


We are seeking a Guide Apprentice to begin one or two days a week and if it's a great fit to transition to two days in January coaching/mentoring middle & high school students.

The ideal candidate is:

✔passionate about Christ

✔life long love of learning & asking questions

✔passion to coach/encourage/mentor teens

✔curious, creative & teachable

Our mission is to help our learners find their God-given calling to change the world. Learn more here.

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The Sprister Family

We are the Sprister family and have been homeschooling from the beginning. Our kids are 12,14, 16 & 18. As our kids hit the teen years we found that we needed to adjust our homeschooling to meet the needs of our family. We visited a new hybrid Acton Academy in the fall of 2019 (just 30min away) and the majority of our kids were drawn into the program but of course they wanted a location closer to our home and wanted to attend two days instead of three... so then our journey began to open a new location to meet those needs/wants.

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