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.
$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
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 @CSprister@actonhybrid.com listing what event(s) you are interested in joining.
Grades, standardized tests and homework? Never at Acton Academy.
Then how will students learn?
- CORE SKILLS
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.
DEAR = Drop Everything And Read
Hands on learning with Physics
We start every morning & afternoon with a time to think & grow
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:
- Jeff Sandefer's TEDx Talk (19:15)
- Acton Academy - Disruptive Education (14:56)
- A Virtual Tour of Acton in 2012 (8:27)
- Acton Academy - A Day in the Life in 2015 (12:58)
- Interviews & Tour of Launchpad /High School (2:37)
- read through Acton blog on being an Acton parent
#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.
- Get a free copy from me or order the book (on Audible or for kindle) "Courage to Grow" by the founders of Acton Academy to read more about the Acton model.
- Listen to podcast from Laura the founder of Acton in TX and her book.
#4 LEARN: Review these documents to understand how our two day homeschool support academy works:
- Parent resources: includes the 10 essentials of an Acton Academy, learning plan, & more
- Slide show from 2021-22 school year: shows specifics of what we offer and do at our two-day faith based academy
- FAQ page: lists the most frequently asked questions and answers
- Parent contracts: to be completed after acceptance
#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.
JOIN OUR TEAM!!
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.
The Sprister Family
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