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  • Revolutionary, private, learner-driven elementary school opening in Dublin, OH

    Acton Academy Columbus is excited to announce the upcoming launch of the first learner-driven microschool in Dublin, OH at 6543 Commerce Parkway. The private elementary studio will open in Fall 2021.

    Acton Academy, a modern one-room schoolhouse built to provide children a 21st century education, was founded by Laura and Jeff Sandefer in Austin, TX in 2009. It was founded on the belief that "every child is a genius, who deserves to find a calling that will change the world."

    Today's announcement will provide elementary students in Columbus the opportunity to learn real-world project skills and develop virtuous habits in a tight close-knit community. The focus at Acton Columbus is on personalized, mastery based learning through real-world projects, and Socratic discussions. 

    Varun Bhatia, Head of School at Acton Columbus, states "The moment our daughter was born we started talking about her education. In the innovation age, where virtually all information is at our fingertips, we wanted to find an education model that emphasized development of real-world skills that she'll need in the 21st century. In my research, I fell in love with the ideas of Acton Academy."

    "At Acton, learners develop a deep joy of learning rather than “getting through school” by completing tests, grades, and homework. Acton focuses on having our students learn to learn, learn to do, and learn to be. Acton, in a very unique way, brings together the time-tested aspects of Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Socrates while using the most up-to-date, adaptive education software technology . When my daughter grows up, no one will care whether she has memorized the quadratic formula. What will matter are the 4 Cs of education: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication."

    "I am really excited about building Acton Academy for my daughter and for all children and parents around Columbus looking for an alternative education."

    Among the ways, the Acton approach differentiates itself:

    • Modern one-room schoolhouse

    • Multi-age classroom

    • No tests, homework, grades, or lectures

    • Learner-driven community

    • Personalized, self-paced, mastery-based learning

    • Project-based learning

    • Character development

    • Guides rather than teachers

    • Focus on the 4 Cs (Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity)

    • Montessori principles to build independent learners

    • Socratic discussions to develop critical thinking skills

    • Student-led exhibits to display work to parents and community

    • Positive, growth mindset environment

    About Acton Academy Columbus

    Acton Academy Columbus is a learner-driven, private elementary school scheduled to open in Fall 2021 in Columbus, OH. The school is part of the Acton Academy affiliate network.

    Visit www.actonacademycolumbus.com to learn more.


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