A Day in the life

A day at Acton Academy Kingwood

A day in our studios is marked by creativity within constraints: large blocks of time for work and play with clear but broad guardrails, equipping young people to manage their time, set goals, and track progress. As learners demonstrate their readiness, they earn more freedom and responsibility. Mornings are reserved for Core skills and afternoons are for hands-on projects with integrated time to reflect, think deeply, and connect with peers. Within each work block, students choose from a broad range of work options based on their personal goals, passions and commitments.

Step Into a day at an Acton Academy Studio

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Daily Schedule

Each day is broken up into work sprints with a shared purpose or goal. In a normal day:

  • Mornings are reserved for Core Skills
  • Afternoons are for hands-on Quest projects in the shoes of a real-life hero
  • 15-minute Socratic discussions bookend the work periods and provide a time to reflect, think deeply, and bond as a group
  • Plenty of time for free play and exercise throughout the day

The flexibility of the schedule is key to the learning design. Work blocks can be shuffled around based on studio needs each session. Within each work block, students choose from a broad range of work options based on their personal goals, passions, and commitments.

Montessori Studio

8:00 Drop-off / Free Time
8:45 Daily Launch
9:00 Morning Work Time
Language, sensorial, math, practical life, science, art.
11:45 Lunch
12:05 Unstructured Free Play
Loose parts play, building, nature exploration, indoor & outdoor games.
1:45 Quest
Hands-on, collaborative challenges
2:45 Studio Cleanup & Organization
3:00 Closing Group
3:15 Pick-up

Innovation Studio

8:00 Drop-off / Free Time
8:30 Daily Launch (Socratic Discussion)
8:45 Goal setting, math, reading, writing, entrepreneurship, P.E., art, "Brain Breaks" throughout
12:00 Lunch / Free Time
12:45 Quest Launch
1:00 Quest / History
Hands-on work, team-based challenges, history
2:45 Studio Cleanup and Organization
3:00 Closing Group (Socratic Discussion)
3:15 Pick-up
We believe a hero is someone who doesn’t quit when it gets hard. Who takes responsibility rather than makes excuses and who solves problems to make the world better. There is a hero in every child. By sharing hero stories and connecting young people with heroic mentors, they will rise as heroes themselves and make the world a better place.

A Learner-Driven Community

Our Learner-Driven Communities are run mostly by our students, where closely connected families of lifelong learners are bound by clear covenants; and “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”

  • Students create and sign a Contract of Promises describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.
  • Mentor teams encourage younger and older students to listen, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.
  • "Learn to Be" badges that celebrate character and completing leadership challenges.

Hi, I'm James Van Duker.

I'm Founder and Head of School at Acton Academy Kingwood.

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