MAY I VISIT CAMPUS?

To protect the learning environment of our Eagles, we do not offer tours during school hours. Once the application process has begun, prospective students are invited to spend the day in the studio as our guest.

What is your school schedule?

In the mornings, Eagles work at their own pace on core skills of reading, writing, and math. Exercise occurs daily and includes tennis, soccer, obstacle courses, basketball, running, and other activities the Eagles wish to pursue. Weekly elective programs include art, foreign language, and music. Quests take place in the afternoons. A quest is a project based learning opportunity where students apply core skills to real world projects. Some recent quests have been marine biology, entomology, forest biomes, entrepreneurship, architecture, Lego Robotics, and forensic science.
This learning model is fundamentally different than traditional schooling today. No bells ringing every 50 minutes. No lecturing. No one-size-fits-all approach. Just student-driven learning. By the time they reach high school age, our students will be expected to spend 30-50% of their time off campus doing internships, volunteering, starting their own business and chasing their dreams.
We operate on an eleven month calendar, but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.
(see our calendar)

Tuition cost?

Annual tuition is $6500 per student and $6250 for siblings plus applicable New Mexico gross receipts tax. A registration fee of $350 is due annually. Tuition can be paid monthly over a 12 month period and all major payment methods are accepted including credit cards.

Do you offer financial aid?

Acton Academy Las Cruces offers need-based financial assistance, which enables the school to assist qualified families who would not otherwise be able to attend. The financial aid comes out of the school budget and is funded entirely by the school founders. Families are encouraged to apply for financial aid via TADS. TADS analyzes individual family income and provides a confidential analysis outlining their ability to pay. The school operates on a balanced budget and relies solely on tuition to fund the guide salaries and operating expenses. We are unable to provide 100% financial aid due to budget limitations.
Financial aid, once awarded, will be continued provided the student’s family qualifies for assistance each year, remains in good academic standing and abides by the community standards of the school. Financial aid is awarded as a percentage of tuition. Families receiving aid should anticipate increases in their share of tuition expenses as incremental tuition increases occur. Parents are under an obligation to inform Acton Academy Las Cruces if there is any change in the family’s financial resources during the course of the year.
In an effort to help offset the decrease in the schools budget due to providing financial aid, families are asked to volunteer 40 hours at the school for every $1000 received in financial aid. Families are also encouraged to exhaust their own individual fundraising efforts to obtain the tuition from friends or family before applying for aid.  Links: TADS Financial Aid Worksheet & TADS Financial Aid Application

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.

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.

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 foreign language program?

Eagles who wish to pursue learning a foreign language can do so by incorporating one of our language partners into their core skills time. We currently partner with Calico, Duo Lingo, and Rosetta Stone.

How do you utilize technology in the school?

In recent years amazing self-paced eLearning tools have become available which allow learners to work at their own pace in math, spelling, and reading. Students use these eLearning platforms for two to three hours a day to foster deep core skills learning. The rest of the school day is used for engaging, fun, project-based learning or elective courses. Google Apps for education is our operating system which provides student file sharing and e-mail access. All school computers are monitored by GoGuardian which is an internet filter designed specifically for schools to foster safe internet usage.

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 a bi weekly Customer Satisfaction Survey, 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?

The goal of an Acton education is for students to take responsibility for getting their work done and accomplishing their goals. Parents are encouraged to ask their students about their various projects and goals to foster communication.
Acton Academy offers parents real-time feedback of their students’ progress through the My Journey online platform created exclusively for Acton Academy families. The online tracker is used for students 8 years and older. Eagles update the app daily with a list of work completed and points earned. At the end of each session, Eagles take home their individual portfolios that showcase their writing, quest work, and overall accomplishments. Quest projects culminate with a tangible public exhibition of knowledge learned such as launching a business or developing a Lego Robotics system. Three times a year, Guides offer feedback in the form of a report outlining character badges earned as well as discussing the Eagles participation and growth in the studio. Once a year, Acton offers a standardized test so students get used to taking a test and to screen for any major learning gaps.

Does Acton Academy offer physical education?

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. Additionally, Eagles have daily opportunity to exercise in our beautiful outdoor space. Exercise classes are brought to the school and have included drum aerobics class and long distance running.

How does the school communicate with parents?

Parents are updated daily via the school app, SchoolRush, with photos and descriptions of what the students worked on that day. This app integrates with your smartphone calendar keeping schedules coordinated. Parents also receive regular updates in the form of a newsletter outlining what learning objectives were completed.

Will Acton Academy prepare my child for college?

Our promise at Acton Academy is to have students well prepared for any selective university where they 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 simple to improve on once you understand basic test taking tricks.
Once your student gets over the test taking barrier at the university of their choice, their portfolio and critical thinking skills will be a big boost during the application and interviewing process.
Most importantly, students be well prepared to shine in the real world, whether they choose to go to college full time, part time or not at all.