A Day in the life

A day in our studios is marked by creativity within constraints: large blocks of time for work and play with clear but broad guardrails, equipping young people to manage their time, set goals, and track progress. As learners demonstrate their readiness, they earn more freedom and responsibility. Within each work block, students choose from a broad range of work options based on their personal goals, passions and commitments.

Step into a day in the life at Acton Academy Syracuse:

Daily Schedule

Tuesday and Thursday

8:45 - 9:00 Arrive / Socratic Discussion
9:00 - 9:15 Launch
9:15 - 9:30 Running partner check in
9:30 - 11:30 Quests
11:30 - 12:15 Lunch
12:15 - 12:45 DEAR (drop everything and read)
12:45 - 1:30 Civilization
1:30 - 1:45 Studio Maintenance
1:45 - 2:00 Close / Socratic Discussion

Wednesday (optional day)

Children will work on individual projects, art, gym games and core skills. There will be supervision but children need to be able to work independently and be respectful of other learners.

8:45 - 9:00 Arrive / Socratic Discussion
9:15 - 11:00 Independent time / Core skills
11:00 - 12:30 Lunch / Free time
12:30 - 1:45 Independent time / Core skills
1:45 - 2:00 Close
Our Learner-Driven Communities are run mostly by our students, where closely connected families of lifelong learners are bound by clear covenants; and “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”

A Learner-Driven Community

Our Learner Driven Communities are run mostly by our learners, where closely connected families of lifelong learners are bound by clear covenants; and “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”.

  • Students create and sign a Contract of Promises describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.
  • Mentor teams encourage younger and older students to listen, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.
  • "Learn to Be" badges that celebrate character and completing leadership challenges.

Hi, I'm Katie Sheffield. 👋

I'm Co-Founder of Acton Academy Syracuse.

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When:Tuesday, September 17 | 6:00–8:00pm

Where: 5940 Feather Dr., LaFayette, NY!

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