Frequently Asked Questions

How much is tuition?

Our 2021 Tuition is:

Discovery Studio (ages 6-11) annual tuition is $7,315 payable in 11 monthly installments of $665.

*There is a non-refundable $275 enrollment fee upon acceptance.
*Rates are subject to annual increases

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.
Here is a quick reference on the Hero’s Journey.

What do you mean by "every child can change the world?"

Individual Passion + A Need in the World = A Hero's Calling

We believe that each of our heroes will find a calling by discovering their passions and gifts, then find a way to use them to serve others and fulfill a need.

What do you mean by a learner-driven classroom?

We believe in learning to learn, learning to be, and learning to do. An important part of this is encouraging young people 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.

I recognize Acton Academy is different than my current school. How do I know if it's the right fit for us?

Each family is unique, though there are some similarities we've seen between the families who are happiest and most successful in this model. Check out the list here.

We encourage families to be intentional about their decision to apply to Acton Academy! Please read our site and other recommended materials as part of your research to see if this is the right fit for your family.

What kind of learner thrives at Acton Academy?

Kids who love to learn, are curious, self-motivated, and respectful. Our environment is an accelerator for the independent learner who can tackle challenging questions, follow instructions, and solve problems.

Why do you have mixed-age classrooms instead of groupings by grades?

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 groups. Mixed aged classrooms help to foster independence and support social and emotional growth.

How do you use technology in the classroom without students having too much screen time?

At Acton Academy Idaho Falls, 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, reading comprehension, and spelling in about 90 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning, the arts, outdoor education, service learning, and other studio challenges. The two types of experiences are highly complementary.

How long is Acton Academy Idaho Falls in session each year and what is the school calendar? 

We are a "year-round" private school that operates on an 11-month calendar but our flexible program allows families to travel together throughout the year, without sacrificing any learning.

The school year is broken up into seven "sessions" that are typically 4-6 weeks with a 1-2 week break in between. Also, there is a 6-7 week break in the summer.

How is Acton Academy Idaho Falls affiliated with Acton Academy?

Acton Academy Idaho Falls is part of the network of over 250 Acton Academies around the world. We follow the same learning design (curriculum) and learning model that was started at the original Acton Academy campus in Austin Tx.

Is Acton Academy Idaho Falls accredited?

Yes, the school is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools.

Is Acton Academy a Montessori school? 

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.

Does Acton Academy Idaho Falls serve special needs children?

We have seen young heroes with various special needs succeed in this environment, however, we are not trained to offer the resources for those needing additional support.

Is Acton a religious school?

While we expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality, we do not promote any one religion.

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