MAY I VISIT CAMPUS?

To protect the learning environment of our Eagles, we do not offer tours during school hours. We have two Open Houses each year and we encourage anyone interested in meeting our guides or seeing our studios to attend. We also offer private school tours which you can schedule from our web site.

WHAT GRADES DO YOU OFFER?

We currently serve kindergarten through seventh grade. Additional grades will be added each year with the end goal of providing kindergarten through high school.

IS THE ACTON ACADEMY A MONTESSORI SCHOOL?

We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy but, we are not a Montessori school. We also use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.

HOW LONG IS ACTON ACADEMY IN SESSION EACH YEAR?

We operate on an eleven month calendar, but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.

IS ACTON A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL?

While we expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality and stress the historical importance of Christianity to the development of Western Civilization, we do not promote any one religion.

WHO WAS LORD ACTON?

Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” At the Acton Academy, we celebrate his defense of economic, political and religious freedom.

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 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 INTO GRADES?

We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age. In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in groups.

DOES ACTON SERVE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN?

We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities but have been able to serve young heroes with dyslexia if they receive special training and believe that many minor learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed.

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.

WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON TEACHING THE “AMERICAN EXPERIMENT”?

We believe in liberty and justice and the ideals of the American revolution as the cornerstones of civilization. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them, as we examine other cultures and forms of government.

DO YOU OFFER FOOD SERVICE?

Acton Academy Las Cruces is a junk food free zone. Children are encouraged to bring a balanced lunch and two snacks. Studies show that children are more attentive when consuming a healthy diet that is lower in carbohydrates, sugar, and processed food. On Fridays, parents have the option of purchasing a healthy lunch from the Mountain View Coop Kitchen that will be delivered to the school. We recognize that many children have food allergies and as such we are a peanut free school and we are very experienced in handling gluten/dairy allergies.

Is Acton Academy accredited?

Yes the school is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools.  Acton Academy Las Cruces is also a member of the New Mexico Association of Non Public Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Does Acton Academy offer an art and music program?

Yes! Children will be given the opportunity to work with a variety of art materials and participate in music education. We believe that involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Being exposed to art and music we believe can improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.

Does Acton Academy offer a Physical Education program?

Developing a lifelong love of health and physical fitness is a cornerstone belief at Acton Academy Las Cruces. We offer a twice a week tennis program coached by the assistant NMSU tennis coach Strahinja Trecakov.  Additionally, students participate in the Just Run program that encourages kids to train for long distance running  Students are currently training for a 5k race.  Exercise classes are brought to the school and the most recent was drum PE which incorporated high energy aerobic exercise.

Does Acton Academy offer a foreign language program?

We believe that learning a foreign language should be integrated throughout the school day. Studies show that immersion is the most effective form of learning a foreign language. Spanish will be offered throughout the school day using Calico Spanish curriculum.

How do you utilize technology in school without children having too much screen time?

The education world has known for decades the power of project-based learning, but the knock against it was that kids weren’t getting the repetitive, rules-based learning they needed in areas like math, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, etc. But in recent years amazing self-paced eLearning tools have become available to solve this problem. Students can spend a couple of hours a day on these tools to free up the rest of the day for engaging, fun, project-based learning. The two are perfectly complementary. Children in the K-2 class periodically use computers but their primary form of learning is through Montessori materials and engaging in project based learning.

How does Acton ensure a high quality learning environment?

Deep at the core of Acton Academy is our commitment to serving customers and receiving transparent feedback. Because of this, we ask families to participate in weekly Customer Satisfaction Surveys, where we ask them to rate us 1-5 on how well we accomplished our Promises. We then share the results with the community. These surveys are our most important metric to measure the success of the learning community.

If my student isn’t being regularly tested and no homework is given, how do I know they are learning?

Acton Academy offers parents real-time feedback of their students’ progress through the app.actonacademy.org platform. Parents can see what goals and deadlines have been met as well as what a student is working on in Khan, Newsella, No Red Ink, DEAR, writing projects, etc. Parents are encouraged to ask their students about their various projects and goals to foster communication. Many Quest projects culminate with a tangible exhibition of knowledge learned such as launching a business or developing a Lego Robotics system. Parents are updated daily via the school app, SchoolRush, with photos and descriptions of what the students worked on. This app integrates with your smartphone calendar keeping schedules coordinated. The K-2 Classroom utilizes a weekly newsletter and individual student reports to update parents of students growth and goals. Once a year, Acton offers a standardized test for parents who wish to have their student tested.

Will Acton Academy help me get into college?

Our promise at Acton Academy is to have you well prepared for any selective university where you can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance.
Universities are changing so rapidly that it’s difficult to imagine what a college education will look like in ten years. Unfortunately, many colleges still place a great deal of importance on standardized tests, which are little more than IQ tests, and are difficult to improve on once you understand basic test taking tricks.
Once you get over the test taking barrier at the university of your choice, your portfolio and critical thinking skills will be a big boost during the application and interviewing process.
Most importantly, you’ll be well prepared to shine in the real world, whether you choose to go to college full time, part time or not at all.