Socratic Discussions and self-paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners.



Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.



The Hero’s Journey, relational covenants and real world consequences transform difficult decisions into virtuous habits.

About Us

Acton Academy was founded in 2009 by Jeff and Laura Sandefer in Austin Texas. This parent run accredited private school model is exploding across the USA, Canada, and Central America. Anna and Chris Biad, founders of Acton Academy Las Cruces, chose to open an Acton Academy to provide a rich learning environment for their five children and other likeminded families.  The Acton mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world. The theme underscoring the curriculum is heroes and callings. Students will embark on a hero’s journey to discover the unique contributions that they can make to live a life of meaning and purpose. Curriculum focuses on developing character, fostering appreciation for liberty, and stoking student’s curiosity.  Acton students are encouraged to become lifelong independent learners.

Our Promise to Your Child

He or she will:

  • Begin a Hero’s Journey
  • Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
  • Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.
  • Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.
  • Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.

Our Tips


Socratic Method

The oldest, and still the most powerful, teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking is Socratic teaching.


No Homework

At Acton Academy Las Cruces, the only daily, on-going responsibility given the children outside school hours is to read.

A school for the 21st Century

Partners we work with:

  • Dream box
  • Khan
  • Duolingo
  • Spelling city
  • Click spell
  • Mango
  • Nored link
  • Good reads