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 & up looking for a Christ-centered student led program.
What? A 21st century One Room School house based on Montessori project based model that will meet two days a week & equip the students to continue those assignments at home.
Where? Beyond Church - behind Safeway in Castle Rock, CO.
When? Tues & Thurs for 28 weeks in Sept-May for the 2020-21 school year. We currently have two studios with 6-14 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 cost is approximately $375/month over eight months:
$125 application fee/student
$1,000/ semester (14 wks in the fall, 14 wks in the spring)
$150-250/semester (per family) facility fee
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. Rhin, Mrs DeBoer, & Mrs Miesbauer
2021-22 school year has begun with 29 learners on August 31st. We currently have possible openings in our Elementary studio ages 7-10. Our middle & high school studios are at capacity. Interested families are welcome to join a tour, open house &/or exhibition nights to be considered to join at the beginning of a session in November 2021 or January 2022. You would be put on our waiting list as available openings can change quickly.
Academy Tour: September 23rd 12:30-1:45. All interested families are encouraged to visit during an Academy day to learn more & see if we could be a possible fit. Due to the unique learning model, it's imperative to see for yourself how we function with guides vs professional teachers, learning plans vs curriculum and no tests.
Business Fair: October 17th / 1-3pm / All entrepreneurs ages 7to18 are welcome to join us to sell products or services to others in the community. Sign up here and help us spread the word for shoppers, which can be anyone in our community.
Exhibition & open house: October 21st; Time TBD
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
Ready to learn more & if this could be a fit for your students?
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:
- 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 60min 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 Courage to Grow. 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.
#4 LEARN: Review our parent contracts (to be completed after acceptance), interview questions and parent resources which includes the 10 essentials of an Acton Academy, learning plan, & more to see if this program is a good fit for your family. Next attend an Exhibition night (next one Oct 21st) see the students display of their work and meet some of our current families.
#5 APPLY: Start the student audition / application process and attend a shadow day, then interview to see if you are accepted to be one of our next families on a heroes journey!
**As of Sept 1st 2021 we are currently accepting applicants for our Elementary studio ages 7to10ish to possibly begin November 2nd. Anyone with students 11&up will be on a waitlist for possible 2022 January or August start date.**
The Sprister Family
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