Studio Design

Our studios are a blend of the old and the new – a return to the community learning environments that built America – with the best of modern technology and 21st century organizational design.

In a tightly knit community bound by shared mission, promises and accountability, young people develop deep friendships and the skills to keep them for the long run.

Elementary Studio

Ages 6-10

The Elementary Studio builds a foundation of learning and discovery through personalized Core Skills, exploratory Quest projects and play. Core Skills – reading, writing, and math and computer science – are self-paced and mastery-based using adaptive technology. Students will work independently on core skills at home on Mondays and Fridays and on Wednesdays. Students explore the arts, sciences, history and the natural world through hands-on projects. Simulations require teamwork, critical thinking and creativity. Meanwhile, plenty of free play binds the community together and builds problem solving and collaboration. Basic reading skills are a requirement for joining this studio.

Middle Studio

Ages 11-14

Young people in the Middle Studio begin to embark into the real world, with the thrilling opportunities and responsibility that come with it, including apprenticeships each year with heroes in the community. As young people grow into adolescence, their impact multiplies. Now, projects have real clients, skills are developed with rigor, and discussions embrace a new maturity. Adventure Studio offers a higher level of freedom, as well as a safe place to test your limits, failing early, cheaply and often.

High School Studio

"Launchpad" — Ages 14-18

Launchpadders get ready for real-world success by gaining valuable skills, mastering them through apprenticeships, and launching real startups, businesses and projects – whether that's in business, science, humanities, or the arts. Apprenticeships increase in length and complexity, so by the time a young person leaves Launchpad they have a portfolio of real-world work to prove what they can do.
"I would never have believed children could learn so much from each other – until I saw it with my own eyes. The lessons of self management and self governance have prepared our fifth-grade son to be a lifelong learner.”

Take a virtual tour of an Acton Academy studio

Hi, I'm Katie Sheffield. 👋

I'm Co-Founder of Acton Academy Syracuse.

Join us for our Open House!

Discover what a 21st Century, self-paced, hands-on learning environment can mean for your child!

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

Where: 5940 Feather Dr., LaFayette, NY!

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