Frequently Asked Questions

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Acton Academy St. George

May I visit campus or get a tour?

In order to protect the learning environment of our Eagles, we do not offer tours during regular school hours. We have Open Houses throughout the year and we encourage anyone interested in meeting our guides or seeing our studios to attend.

I recognize Acton Academy St. George is different than my current school. How do I know if it's the right fit for us?

Each family is unique, though there are some similarities we've seen between the families who are happiest and most successful in this model, everyone is different.

We encourage families to be intentional about their decision to apply to Acton Academy St. George! Please read our site and other materials, watch the videos, read the Courage to Grow, and participate in a couple events if possible. If you've done these things, we think you'll know if Acton Academy St. George is a good fit.

Why do you have mixed-age studios (classrooms) insead 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.

We have three studios today (with plans to open a middle and high school in the future).

Spark (Lower Elementary) for ages 3-6, Discovery (Upper Elementary) for ages 7-11, and Adventure (Middle School) for ages 12-14.

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

We believe each of our students will find a passion - something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child's eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.

What do you mean by “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 short video on the Hero's Journey:

What do you mean by a learner-driven classroom?

At Acton Academy St. George we believe in learning to be and learning to do and 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.

What is an “independent learner”?

Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don’t know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.

How do you use technology in the classroom without students having too much screen time?

At Acton Academy St. George, we believe in the power of balance. Using the incredible, self-paced eLearning tools now available, we are able to provide the rigor needed for learning math, vocabulary, spelling and grammar in about 90 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning, the arts, outdoor educatoin, service learning, and other stuido specific challenges. The two types of experiences are highly complementary.

Is Acton Academy St. George a Montessori school?

Our pre-k and kindergarten "Spark" studio is modeled after the teaching of Maria Montessori.

In our Elementary "Discovery" School and Middle "Adventure" School studios we respect and incorporate Maria Montessori's philosophy, but it is not a Montessori school. In addition to Montessori philosophy, we use the latest interactive technologies, hands-on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.

How is Acton Academy St. George affiliated with Acton Academy?

Acton Academy St. George is part of the network of over 270 Acton Academies around the world. We follow the same Learning Design (curriculum) and learning model of the original Acton Academy campus and the global network of schools. We set aside high stakes testing, common core, and rote memorization for character-based development and agency to foster meaningful growth in our learners.

How long is Acton Academy St. George in session each year and what is the school calendar?

Acton Academy St. George begins at 8:30 am each day (drop-off starting at 8:00 am) and finishes at 3:15 pm. We operate on an 11-month calendar, but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.

The school calendar is based on a series of 5-6 week project sprints called "Quests", each with a theme – like Entreprenership, Rockets, Robots, Medical Biology, or Detective Chemistry. Each Quest is a grand adventure, culminating in a high-stakes public Exhibition for family and friends. Seven 5-6 week sessions, followed by 1 to 2 weeks off to refuel and for holidays, make up the school year.

What is your tuition?

Please see tuition information here.

What grades do you offer?

Acton Academy St. George currently serves learners ages 3-14 in our three studios. With time we will open a high school studio as well.

Where will your school be located?

Acton Academy St. George, a Montessori inspired Private School in St. George, UT, is currently located in the Little Valley area and will be moving to historic downtown St. George in late Fall 2021.

Is Acton a religious school?

We are open to Believers, Searchers and Non-Believers alike and expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality and stress the historical importance of Christianity to the development of Western Civilization but we are not a religious school.

Is Acton Academy St. George accredited?

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

Does Acton Academy St. George serve special needs children?

We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities but have been able to serve young heroes with dyslexia if they receive special training and believe that many minor learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed.

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