Frequently Asked Questions
How is Acton Academy Bee Cave affiliated with Acton Academy?
Acton Academy Bee Cave is part of the network of over 130 Acton Academies around the world. We follow the same exact Learning Design (curriculum) and leanring model that Jeff and Laura Sandefer helped create at the original Acton Academy campus.
I recognize Acton Academy Bee Cave 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 Bee Cave! Please read our site and other materials, watch books, and participate in a couple events.
What grades do you offer?
For the 2021-2022 year, Acton Academy Bee Cave enrolls young people ages 4-7 into our Spark Program and ages 7-11 into our Discovery Program.
We are excited to announce we are opening a Middle School program next year (Sep 2022- July 2023) named the Adventure Program.
Spark – ages 4-7
Discovery – ages 7-11
Adventure – ages 11-15
What is your calendar and daily schedule?
Acton Academy Bee Cave begins at 8:30 am each day (drop-off starting at 8:00 am) and finishes at 3:15 pm.
We operate on an 11-month calendar, but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.
The school calendar is based on a series of 5- to 6-week project sprints called “Quests”, each with a theme – like Rockets, Robots, Medical Biology, or Detective Chemistry. Each Quest is a grand adventure, culmintating in a high-stakes public Exhibition for family and friends.
Seven 5- to 6-week sessions, followed by 1 to 2 weeks off to refuel and for holidays, make up the school year.
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.
Will children be grouped together by 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.
What is your tuition?
Tuition information can be found on the tuition page. Admission in to the waiting pool requires a deposit which converts to a non-refundable deposit upon official acceptance into the program.
What kind of learner thrives at Acton Academy Bee Cave?
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.
Do you offer scholarships?
There are limited scholarship opportunities in our founding year. If you are interested in a scholarship, please let us know in your application.
If you would like to contribute to Acton Academy Bee Cave’s scholarship fund, please let us know. We are eager to share this opportunity with as many highly qualified applicants as possible
What resources do you have for kids with special learning needs?
We take our commitment seriously when we promise to deliver a transformative education experience for young people at Acton Academy Bee Cave. Since we are a small school, we make sure that we have the resources necessary to keep this promise for each family that joins us. Currently we have had success with young people who experience ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and some minor forms of autism. We are not currently equipped to serve young people with other specific learning needs.
Is Acton Academy Bee Cave School 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.
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.
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 is 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.
Why a learner driven classroom?
At Acton Academy Bee Cave we believe in learning to be and learning to do and an important part of this is encouraging kids to take responsibility for thier 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.
Is Acton Academy Bee Cave accredited?
Yes we are in the process of being accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools.
How do you use technology in the classroom without students having too much screen time?
At Acton Academy Bee Cave, 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, spelling and grammar in about 90 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning. The two are highly complementary.