Frequently Asked Questions

How is Acton Academy Concord affiliated with Acton Academy?

Acton Academy Concord is part of the network of over 300 Acton Academies around the world. We follow the same exact Learning Design and learning model that our owners helped create at the original Acton Academy campus.

What grades do you offer?

4 years 9 months - 18 years old. We are accepting auditions through 12 years at this time.

    Where is your school be located?

    We are centrally located at 4706 Clayton Rd., in Concord, CA. (Don’t let Google Maps deceive you, we have an incredible studio!) There is a trail leading to Newhall Park, just behind our building.

    How long is the school year?

    We are in session 5 days a week for a total of 36 weeks. Fridays are optional, but the studio is open for work, play, and social time. This includes 2 weeks of an extended learning center year that we call "Eagles Camp".


    What is your tuition?

    We see it more as an investment. What better investment could you make? A $575 one-time registration fee is due with your application, along with one month’s tuition. Tuition will be $16,500 for the upcoming school year (2024 - 2025) paid over 10 months, August-May.

    When Does Enrollment Begin?

    We have rolling admissions, Learners can begin at the beginning of any session. At Acton Academy Concord, we recognize the value of a sustained, long-term partnership with families in their children's education. From the time of admission, your child will be considered enrolled through their 12th Grade graduation unless otherwise notified by the parent or due to assessment by faculty.

    Is Acton Academy Concord accredited?

    Yes the learning center is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools.

    Is Acton Academy Concord 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 Academy Concord a religious school?

    We are open to Believers, Searchers and Non-Believers alike and expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality and stress the historical importance of Christianity to the development of Western Civilization.

    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 Academy Concord serve special needs children?

    At Acton, we are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all children. While our staff is not specifically trained to serve children with high needs, we have experience in supporting young learners with dyslexia and mild ADHD. We strive to provide diverse learning options and create an environment where children can thrive. If you have specific concerns or requirements, please feel free to discuss them with us, and we can determine together if Acton Concord is a good fit for your family.

    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.

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