Frequently Asked Questions

What does tuition cost and do you offer scholarships?

Annual tuition* is $7,315 payable in 11 monthly installments of $665.
Annual registration fee is $275.

*Tuition includes all materials and supplies and 1 school t-shirt. We do require each learner to have and bring a Chromebook that your child will use during their journey with us at Acton.
We offer discounts for full annual payments when prepaid and sibling discounts.
We have a few need-based scholarships available each year for qualified families. 

What is a Hero's Journey?

We believe that each of us has a special calling in life and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.
Here is a quick reference on the Hero’s Journey.

What do you mean by "every child can change the world?"

Individual Passion + A Need in the World = A Hero's Calling

We believe that each of our heroes will find a calling by discovering their passions and gifts, then find a way to use them to serve others and fulfill a need.

What do you mean by a learner-driven classroom?

We believe in learning to learn, learning to be, and learning to do. An important part of this is encouraging young people to take responsibility for their own behavior and hold those around them to a high standard. When something isn’t working, we want our students to work together to solve the problem, not look for an adult to solve it for them. This creates a sense of independence and confidence that will serve them well in all areas of life.

Is Acton right for my child?

Acton is the right place for your child if they...
> Wish traditional school was more engaging and challenging.
> Enjoy doing projects around their interests with just a small group of young people.
> Build, create, innovate, or make art.
> See things differently.
> Care about their future, want to find a calling, and want to change the world.
> Are kind, hardworking, and committed to doing their best.

Why do you have mixed-age classrooms instead of groupings by grades?

Children learn best when working with those younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age.

In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in groups. Mixed aged classrooms help to foster independence and support social and emotional growth.

How long is Acton Academy Idaho Falls in session each year? 

We are a "year-round" private school that operates on an 11-month calendar but our flexible program allows families to travel together throughout the year, without sacrificing any learning.

The school year is broken up into seven "sessions" that are typically 5-6 weeks with a 1-2 week break in between. Also, there is a 6-week break in the summer.

How is Acton Academy Idaho Falls affiliated with Acton Academy?

Acton Academy Idaho Falls is part of the network of over 250 Acton Academies around the world. We follow the same learning design (curriculum) and learning model that was started at the original Acton Academy campus in Austin Tx.

Is Acton Academy Idaho Falls accredited?

Yes, the school is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools.

Is Acton Academy a Montessori school? 

We respect and incorporate some of Maria Montessori’s philosophy, but we are not a Montessori school. In addition to Montessori methods, we incorporate elements of Charlotte Mason and Reggio Emilia approaches to learning. We also use the latest interactive technologies, hands-on projects, and the Socratic Method for discussions.

Does Acton Academy Idaho Falls serve special needs children?

We have seen young learners with various special needs succeed in this environment, however, we do not have the resources for those needing additional support.

Is Acton a religious school?

While we expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality, we do not promote any one religion.

Do you provide lunch?

Students bring a packed lunch from home. Students can use the fridge to keep items cold and use the microwave to heat items

How does self-paced learning happen at Acton?

We provide a 21st century learning environment using the latest in educational technology for self-paced mastery of reading, writing, elective courses, and math skills. Students are placed according to ability so that our program can meet the student right where they are. Students move on to the next level only after the content has been mastered, which ensures there are no learning gaps.

Do you offer team sports?

Although we do not offer formal team sports, many of our students participate in city league sports. Our school embraces a deep commitment to physical fitness and overall health awareness. Acton students explore a variety of physical activities that have ranged from soccer, golf, track, hiking, dance, and rock climbing. Our students are very active, and we strongly support good sportsmanship and teamwork.

Do you offer Character Education?

We believe that students become confident, independent learners, and good citizens when they embrace the following character qualities: integrity, resilience, self-reflection, and empathy. We believe in personal responsibility and high accountability standards. Acton students are encouraged to take responsibility for their choices and actions as we believe developing a strong moral compass will help students lead joyful and successful lives. Character learning is woven into all parts of learning at Acton.

How do I apply for my child to attend Acton Academy?

1. Visit Us: Schedule a campus tour to learn more about our unique school.
2. Submit Your Application: Complete our online application and schedule your family interview.
3. Trial Day: After we completed your family interview, your child is invited to visit our school for a day so we can get to know your child and allow them to experience learning at Acton.
4. Admissions Decision: We will make our decision within a week after the visitor day.  Admission to our school will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration fee, and signed enrollment documents.

Without homework and frequent test taking, how do I know my child is learning?

Students celebrate the mastery of tools, skills, and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios, and taking part in public exhibitions. Public exhibitions allow students to present work to experts, customers, or the public for a real-world test. Parents have access to their child's online programs to monitor progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, and math. Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, videos, and other creative work. 

Will Acton Academy prepare my teen for college?

Our promise at Acton Academy is to have students well prepared for any selective university where they can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance. Once your student gets over the test-taking barrier at the university of their choice, their portfolio and critical thinking skills will be a big boost during the application and interviewing process. Most importantly, students are well prepared to shine in the real world, whether they choose to go to college full time, part time or not at all.

Is Acton perfect?

Absolutely not! But we try to be perfect at listening and adapting to the feedback we receive from parents, guides, and students. We listen to our parents, students, and team and work to implement great suggestions! It’s important to partner with all stakeholders as we collectively reinvent education in Idaho Falls!

What ages do you enroll?

We are currently enrolling learners ages 4 to 11 years old for the 2021-2022 school year. 
In the near future we plan to grow to include ages 4 to 17.

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