Limited Enrollment for 2022/2023

Acton Academy Pittsburgh

helps K - 8th grade students discover and grow their unique strengths

because the world needs them.

School, as we know it, was designed in 1893

Our school was born different. Acton Academy is one of the newest and most innovative (and downright coolest) school designs in the world. Each Acton school was founded by parents who believe there is a better way to educate their children and help other like-minded families in their community.

What is Acton Academy?

What exactly is the difference between Acton Academy and other schools?

Watch This Short Award Winning Documentary About Acton Academy

Are you frustrated with the old, traditional educational model that teaches students to spit out facts and pass state-mandated tests?

Our promise to your child

We believe each of our students will find a passionsomething they love and have a gift to do – finding and pursuing this gift we call the Hero’s Journey. Our mission is to equip our students with the skills and tools they will need to find and pursue their life’s purpose.

Don’t just give your child an education.
Help them find their calling in life.

"Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world. The story behind the ideas, the school, and the movement is a must read.”
Tom Van der Ark
CEO of Getting Smart

Who We Are

Need To Know MORE About What Acton Academy Can Do For Your child?

At Acton Academy, we call our classrooms "Studios" because students are learning through movement, exploration, and hands-on activities. Find out how our learning design can help your child reach their full potential.

Spark Studio

Kindergarten

Spark Studios offer a safe, caring, and warm environment where young children thrive.  The studios are arranged by learning areas: building and design, dramatic play, computers…

Elementary Studio

1st - 8th Grade

At Acton Academy we lay the foundation for the joy of learning as we encourage our young heroes to find their life’s calling and tap into their unique genius.

We Are accredited To

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEARNER-DRIVEN SCHOOLS

international association learner driven school

Don’t just give your child an education.
Help them find their calling in life.

This is Learning

Core Skills

Self-paced mastery of reading, writing, and math skills through deliberate practice and the latest educational technology.

Character

Develop character, uncover personal gifts, and create genuine relationships with others as you learn about yourself.

Curiosity

Learn critical thinking and powerful communication skills through Socratic discussions on topics from heroes to history to self-governance.

Here Are A Few FAQs We Get A Lot:

Acton Academy Pittsburgh offers grades Kinder-8th

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We believe that children learn best when working with those 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 multi-age groups within each studio (Elementary, Middle, and launchpad (HS)).

At Acton Academy Pittsburgh we believe in learning to be and learning to do and an important part of this is encouraging kids to take responsibility for their own behavior and hold those around them to a high standard. When something isn’t working, we want our students to work together to solve the problem, not look for an adult to solve it for them. This creates a sense of independence and confidence that will serve them well in all areas of life.

Yes the school is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools and we are also a Pennsylvania Licensed Private Academic School.

At Acton Academy Pittsburgh, we believe in the power of balance. Using the incredible, self-paced eLearning tools now available, we are able to provide the rigor needed for learning math, vocabulary, spelling and grammar in about 90 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning. The two are highly complementary.

See Learning in action

Do you want your child to feel like life is an endless stream of opportunities?

Are you ready to learn more about Acton Academy?