Launching Fall 2018,
Acton Academy at Workspace
Workspace Education joins a growing network of Acton Academy affiliate schools worldwide that are building on the success of the original Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. Implemented as a microschool within our walls, the Acton Academy at Workspace welcomes independent learners who will benefit not only from the unique inquiry-based journey of the Acton curriculum, but also the creative sandbox that is Workspace and its infinite possibilities.
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Acton Philosophy of Learning
We believe that:
Clear thinking leads to good decisions,
Good decisions lead to the right habits,
The right habits lead to character and
Character becomes destiny.
Quests & Projects
Quests are real-world projects to master 21st-century skills. Usually lasting four- to six-weeks, each Quest includes a series of challenges bound by a compelling narrative and is designed to deliver 21st century skills while simultaneously incorporating traditional topics like science, social studies, and history.
Ingredients of a Successful Quest
- Exhibition: A great Quest starts with a powerful Exhibition as the goal. For example, in the “World-Changing Speech Quest,” learners know on day one that during their Exhibition they will stand on stage for six minutes in front of their family and friends to deliver a speech.
- Real-world skills: Quests focus on real-world skills, rather than memorizing facts for a test. For example, in the “Medical Biology Quest,” learners diagnose diseases and interpret MRIs and X-Rays. At the Exhibition, learners test these skills on their families in a simulation.
- Narrative and motivation: Learners play a real-life hero at a critical moment in history, solving a problem about which learners care deeply. For example, in the “Electricity Quest,” learners develop patents for new electrical devices in Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park lab.
- Real-world measurement: A Quest should have some way to measure and track outcomes, in a way that mirrors as closely as possible the real world. For example, in the “Bridge Building Quest,” learners measure weight supported by the bridge vs. cost to build in order to determine a winner.
- Expert valuation: Gone are the days when professionals visit schools to talk about their jobs. Instead, we invite high performing professionals and experts to come to our campus to provide real-world feedback on the work and projects of our learners. What better way to ensure our learners (and Guides) understand 21st century real-world demands?
- Learner-led: A Guide may play a role setting the stage and facilitating discussion to launch each day and then call for Lessons Learned, but learners are largely on their own to navigate the challenges of the Quest. For example, in the “Detective Chemistry Quest,” Guides leave clues for learners to then solve a crime on their own, using forensic science.
21st Century Learning
- The latest in educational technology for self paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills.
- Deep Socratic discussions about heroes, history and self governance to hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully think, write and speak.
- Hands-on project based Quests to master the tools and skills needed to solve problems in the real world.
- Written promises and covenants that form a tightly bound community of individuals learning to form authentic friendships and honestly resolve interpersonal problems.
EARN BADGES TO PROVE YOU’VE MASTERED NEW SKILLS
- Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling and character development in “Learn to Be” Badges.
- Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.
- Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.
Acton Studios at Workspace
The Acton Studios at Workspace are beautiful and flexible spaces for work, learning, and play. Each Studio is a tight-knit community of mixed-age learners who support each other and collaborate daily. This environment fosters a culture of respect and much of the character development that occurs here.
We replaced external motivators like high-stakes test scores and grades with an intrinsic growth mindset, so our students are motivated to work hard and have fun. Respect is the foundation for every other skill we learn at Workspace. We respect our time, our fellow learners, our space, and our materials.
The annual cost of the Acton Academy at Workspace is $6,800 per year. Families are also required to become members of Workspace. Extended day programming with clubs, classes, and unstructured play is also available.
Ages 6 to 10
8:30am to 2:00pm
The Spark Studio is a place where younger students come together to learn core skills, and develop life skills and character while having ample opportunities for collaboration, exploration, and free play. Children use hands-on materials as well as adaptive technology to build a strong foundation of core skills. Younger children have more time to explore and play, one of the most effective ways for young children to develop social and problem solving skills. They learn how to set goals, work collaboratively, and love learning, while also helping and being helped by their friends in the Studio.
Ages 11 to 13
9:00am to 3:00pm
The Middle Studio is for students who have already proven that they are able to work independently. These students will work on difficult real world problems and learn to write and think more deeply. Students continue collaborating, building their character and building friendships with their studio-mates who will challenge and support them through peer review of their work. This Studio ultimately brings students to a deeper understanding of their character, while they explore their natural talents and gifts to discover who they are and where they are headed.
Ages 14 to 18
10:00am to 4:00pm
Launchpad students get ready for real-world success by gaining valuable skills, mastering them through apprenticeships, and launching real startups, businesses, and projects. Experimenting with entrepreneurs, scientists and community leaders help to hone students’ most precious gifts and talents and help them find their calling in life.