Learning Design

Learning Design

At Acton Academy Syracuse, our children learn in a collaborative studio of multi-age learners. Our flexible approach challenges each student with their own differentiated learning plan and inspires them through real-world projects and experiences. Our Learner Driven Community puts children at the center of their learning, allowing them to create and maintain personal goals and relational covenants, as they Learn to Learn, Learn to Do, and Learn to Be.

Students will gather on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week to participate in Socratic discussions, civilization, and to work on quests together. Wednesdays will be an optional day where students can come to work independently on projects and core skills. There will also be art supplies provided and gym games. On Mondays and Fridays students will work at home on their core skills of math, reading, and writing. Access to core curriculum can be provided for an additional fee. Students will also receive a chromebook to use for the year. Core Skills Students work with a guide and/or parent to differentiate their core curriculum and progress at their own pace utilizing a blend of hands-on and online learning tools.

Core Academic Skills

"Learn to Know"

Master the foundations of reading, writing, and math

Our learners master the foundations of reading, writing and math at home independently. We replace external motivators like high-stakes test scores and grades with an intrinsic growth mindset. Students work with a guide to differentiate their core curriculum and progress at their own pace utilizing a blend of hands-on and online learning tools. They showcase their mastery by meeting their goals, earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions of their work.

Quests & Projects

"Learn to Do"

Hands-on projects to master the skills needed to solve real-world problems

We believe children learn best by doing. Whether it's launching a startup business, creating a tidepool habitat, playing a musical instrument, painting a mosaic, or programming a robot, Acton Academy students are building real-life skills in the classroom every day. Our learners investigate, participate and contribute to the world around them by taking on meaningful, hands-on projects.

Socratic Discussions

"Learn to Learn"

Think and speak clearly to develop wisdom and judgment

Each day, learners cultivate critical thinking and decision making skills through Socratic discussions and individual reflection time. Among supportive and engaged peers, our children own the learning experience and embrace the idea that real growth is hard work - just like developing a muscle. As they "learn to learn", they understand the importance of asking good questions, taking risks, and remaining curious about the world around them.

Servant Leadership

"Learn to Be"

Develop habits and character traits that make an abundant, fulfilling life

The Acton Academy Syracuse experience immerses learners in real-life situations in ways that allow them to build the social, emotional, and executive skills needed to make a difference in the world. We guide students to develop personal virtues such as honesty, hard work, responsibility, kindness and empathy. Whether it's suggesting new rules in Town Hall Meeting, holding a friend accountable during group work, leading a studio maintenance team or reflecting on missing their math goal, students are constantly exercising and honing life skills.

The Hero's Journey

Learning at Acton Academy Syracuse is an invitation to 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 life of meaning. Our mission is to prepare everyone his or her special journey.

"The thought of a learning environment that incorporates active learning, includes all the senses, and emphasizes a pursuit personalized to your individual gifts, sounds amazing. What kid doesn't deserve that?"

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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