At The Village School, children are trusted to do something else besides soak up knowledge: They are trusted to be able to be responsible for themselves. Our Learner Driven Community puts children at the center of their learning, allowing them to create and maintain personal goals and relational covenants where “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”
Socratic Discussions and self paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners.
We use the latest in educational technology in a purposeful, meaningful way, allowing students to learn at their own ability level and at their own pace.
Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.
Children become empowered learners through a democratic environment in which they have choice and voice in the learning process.
Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Mastery requires commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.
The Village School students learn together in a mixed age studio, bringing the classic one-room school house into the modern age. Students learn to mentor and be mentored by one another. Our Guides (our term for teachers) are not lecturers, but act as facilitators of student growth.
We’ve listed some of the resources that have helped inform and inspire our approach, as well as a few others to help you explore some of the current thinking around best practices in the world of education.
A short animation on reimagining school.
In this TED talk, Jeff Sandefer poses the question of why we no longer apprentice our own children in our trade or craft?
Ben Klasky proposes a free and natural remedy to the physical problems kids face: the Great Outdoors.
In this TED talk, Angela Lee Duckworth explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Hear Sugata Mitra's inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments.
A TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, emphasizing the importance of creativity in education.
A TED talk by Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, and Acton Academy visitor.
Learn about the student experience at Acton Academy.
Would you prefer a traditional high school or the adventure of a lifetime?
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