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Studio Design

Acton Academy Bee Cave is a blend of the old and the new – a return to the community schoolhouses that built America – with the best of modern technology and 21st century organizational design.

In a tightly knit community bound by shared mission, promises and accountability, young people develop deep friendships, confidence, and skills to keep them learning, thriving and growing for a life full of adventure.

Spark Studio

Ages 4-6

Success in Spark means flourishing your unique, curious, and independent spirit

The Spark Studio – is an authentic Montessori environment of whole child development each morning: cognitive, physical, emotional and social.

In the afternoons children in Spark learn and discover through loose parts play (Spark Play) where they plan, build, and create outside.  Plus, outdoor exploration and freetime.

The Spark Studio also builds foundations of reading, writing, autonomy, goal setting and independent learning skills that prepare young people to soar in the Journey Studio.

Explore Studio

“Lower Elementary” Ages 6-8

Success in Journey = Strengthen your love of learning and competence in reading, writing, and autonomy.

The Journey Studio – mixes the best of the Spark and Discovery Studios and creates a space for learners ages 6-8 to continue to build their love of learning, intentionality muscles, and autonomy, setting them up for sucess in the Discovery Studio.

This includes competencey and confidence in reading, writing, asking quesgtions, goal setting and independent learning skills.  This also includes self-governance.

Travel Studio

“Upper Elementary” Ages 8-11

Success in Discovery = Develop a deep love of learning and kindness in relationships with others
The Elementary Studio – Discovery – builds a foundation of learning and discovery through personalized Core Skills, exploratory Quest projects and play.
Core Skills – reading, writing, math and computer science – are self-paced and mastery-based using adaptive technology.
Students explore the arts, sciences, history and natural world through hands-on projects each afternoon.
Simulations require teamwork, critical thinking and creativity. Meanwhile, plenty of free play binds the community together and builds problem solving and collaboration.
Basic reading skills are a requirement for joining this studio.

Adventure Studio

“Middle School”- Ages 11-14

Think and speak clearly to develop wisdom and judgment


Instead of memorization to cram for the test …

… You are Harry Truman.

  • Do you drop the bomb?
  • Reflect on this video of Hiroshima after nuclear force. Does this change your mind?
  • Reflect on this photo and personal account of a Japanese POW camp. Does this change your mind?
  • Which ethical approach is more important to you: a values approach — “We do not kill people” — or a utilitarian approach — “Fewest total lives lost”?




High School Studio

“Launchpad”- Ages 14-18

Develop habits and character traits that make an abundant, fulfilling life


Instead of schools designed to minimize behavior problems …

… Young people learn to lead by doing so, with Servant Leader Badges celebrating the most important milestones, like:

  • Leading a conflict resolution discussion
  • Developing a mentor relationship with a personal hero
  • Completing deliberate practice of a skill you want to develop
  • Mentoring a team from a younger studio
  • Leading a team in accomplishing a big goal
  • Mastering a productivity skill like the urgent-important matrix

Limited Spots Available for Fall 2023-2024

Young people in the Middle School Studio embark into the real world with the thrilling opportunities and responsibility that come with it.

  • Learners apply real-world skills in hands-on projects including apprenticeships each year with real businesses in the community.
  • The Adventure Studio offers a higher level of freedom (and responsibility), as well as safe place to test your limits, failing early, cheaply and often, and practice self governance and accountability for yourself and your fellow classmates.
  • More info on the Middle School Adventure Studio
  • Apply to join the Adventure Studio

High School

“Launch Pad Studio”

(VERY Selective prelaunch for 2023-2024)

We plan to launch our High School Studio – Launchpad – as soon as founding students from the lower studios mature to build this fast-paced work environment.

  • Launchpadders get ready for real-world success by gaining valuable skills, mastering them through apprenticeships, and launching real startups, businesses and projects.
  • Whether that’s in business, science, humanities, or the arts, apprenticeships and projects increase in length and complexity, according to the Launchpadders experience and learning journeys at Acton.
  • By the time a young person leaves Launchpad they have a portfolio of real-world work to prove what they can do.

Take a virtual tour of an Acton Academy Elementary Studio