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Parents around the world are reinventing education by opening Acton Academies.

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We started this school because, like most parents, we want the best for our children. Specific to our school search, we found an array of good options, even a few very good options, during our school search for our boys. The closest fit we found was a play-based preschool that integrated democratic principles (they made their own rules) with projects they could choose. Our boys thrived in this environment, but sadly they didn’t do primary school. The search continued, with a Montessori based charter school and a small, progressive and very caring private school that were both good. But we wanted better than good; we wanted the unthinkable: extraordinary learning and life experience for our boys.

When we were looking into school options leading up to our big move from CA to NH, an idea started to grow in our heads that we couldn’t shake: why not open our school? Years before, in his twenties, Brian had been a school teacher and guidance counselor and although he loved working with children, he often clashed with and was disheartened by the way traditional schools tried to systematize learning, often stripping the fun, discovery, imagination, and inspiration out of the educational experience. He researched alternative philosophies that were more child-led and democratic, models that gave children the freedom to choose, dream, and create.

Fast forward to now, we are both in points in our careers where giving back and living our gifts has become a priority: opening an Acton Academy was a perfectly logical choice. With Sarah feeling her entrepreneurial calling and Brian revisiting his educational dreams that he wasn’t ready to actualize earlier in life, it is a perfect fit. We feel like we are on our own Hero’s journey, and we want to take our kids, our team and your kids along with us. So come on board!

We promise adventure, inspiration, profound life lessons and pure magic. We promise to journey with you, forging ahead into uncharted territory. We promise to create space for our children to grow, thrive and challenge themselves to be the best versions of themselves. We promise to help our children discover and boldly share their unique gifts with the world.

Sarah Cheek
Co-Founder and Head of Acton Academy Seacoast

Our Promises To Your Child

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Embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but the mastery required for a Hero’s Journey goes even further, requiring commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.


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