Frequently Asked Questions

How is Acton Academy Syracuse affiliated with Acton Academy?

Acton Academy Syracuse is part of the network of over 130 Acton Academies around the world. We follow the same exact Learning Design (curriculum) and learning model that our owners helped create at the original Acton Academy campus.

What grades do you offer?

Acton Academy Syracuse offers three studios, Elementary (ages 6-10), and Middle School (ages 11-14), and High School (ages 14-18).

Is Acton Academy Syracuse a religious program?

Acton Academy Syracuse revolves around the basic truths of Christianity: the belief that humans are designed to be the hands and feet of God in the world, using their gifts to the best of their abilities. Because Acton encourages exploration and independent learning, however, we leave the teaching of specific doctrine up to individual families. Children and families of all faiths are welcome at Acton Academy Syracuse.

What is the learning environment calendar?

We operate on a 9 month calendar allowing for our students to have ample time off for enjoying family and outdoor time during our short, central New York summers! We encourage students to continue their independent learning at their own pace throughout the summer break.

The 2019-2020 school year will run from October-May. We will take time off for holidays and at other times throughout the year

Does Acton Academy Syracuse serve special needs children?

We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities. However, any child that has any special physical, health, emotional, mental, social, or educational needs will be assessed and explored by the head of the learning environment and parents, together, to determine if Acton Academy Syracuse can meet the needs of the child.

Is Acton Academy Syracuse a Montessori learning environment?

We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy, but we are not a Montessori learning environment. In addition to Montessori methods, we use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.

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.

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.

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 is a “running partner”?

Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.

Will children be grouped together by grades?

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

Why a learner driven classroom?

At Acton Academy Syracuse we believe in learning to be and learning to do and an important part of this is encouraging kids 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 Academy Syracuse accredited?

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

Is Acton Academy Syracuse a non-profit organization?

Yes we are a nonprofit organization.

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