Parents around the world are reinventing education by opening Acton Academies.

Ronnie and Meghan Esposito


“Traditional schools are killing the genius in our kids”, David Osborne said on a podcast as I was driving to work one morning. “Imagine if Picasso’s teachers told him to drop the paint brush because he was already good enough at art and needed to focus on calculus”, he continued.

These words hit me so hard. What should my wife and I do with our kids’ education after this year? We have three children, the oldest in a startup Montessori program which wasn’t going to be moving forward after the year ended. We were so confused.

We love the Montessori style education but we didn’t have a program close enough to enroll. I kept listening to this podcast to see if David would reference the school where his kids were enrolled. It was called Acton Academy and it sounded like the most perfect school for our children.

I went home that evening, started to research, and fell in love immediately. We had two choices. Find an Acton Academy in our area or create one. There wasn’t one anywhere, which left us with only one option. I immediately reached out to Maureen.

Starting a school was her dream and the format Acton offered was what she had been referring to since we had met her. It was time to get to work.

We believe every child is a hero. The challenge is creating a platform that allows them to discover their true calling in life. We are thrilled to be able to offer this type of education to our children and other children in the community.

Maureen Lee

Founder and Head of School

I’ve always dreamed of opening a school. In my dream school, hard work and fun would happen every day, success would be different for each person and that difference would be celebrated. Respect for each other would create a community that placed high value on kindness, perseverance and honesty.

I became a teacher to do just that, but after nearly twenty years in traditional and nontraditional educational settings, I realized that some didn’t or couldn’t fit into the acceptable system and that bothered me. Surely there was a better way…

When I became a mom, finding a great school became a bigger priority. But, I thought that my dream school was just a dream because no one just opens a school, right?

Then, I met Ronnie, Meghan and others who were searching as well. We knew Acton Academy was the right place for our children, but there wasn’t one anywhere close to us. So, we had to create one. Opening Acton Academy Pittsburgh means that dreams do come true…

Our Promises 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.
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Embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but the mastery required for a Hero’s Journey goes even further, requiring commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.


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