Acton Academy of Washington, DC is a school that guides each child on a journey to discover a calling and change the world.

Acton Montessori (ages 3-6) offers an authentic Montessori curriculum in a nurturing home-away-from-home environment.

Acton Elementary (grades 1-6) is Montessori reimagined for the 21st century, combining individualized learning with Socratic discussions and real-world projects. In Acton elementary, children begin their journey to discover a calling and change the world.. 

Beginning in 2020, we will add a grade per year to build Acton Middle and High School programs. To learn how to become a founding family, sign up for a personal tour.

Acton Academy of Washington, DC is an independent affiliate of Acton Academy, founded in 2009 in Austin, Texas. The Acton network includes over 100 “learner-driven” schools across the United States and around the world. 



The mission of Acton Academy of Washington, DC is to guide each child on a journey to discover a calling and change the world.

Our Promises

We promise that your child will:

  • Begin a hero’s journey

  • Discover his/her strengths

  • Be a curious, independent learner

  • Understand that dedication and hard work are required to realize his/her calling

  • Understand the importance of character

  • Celebrate political, economic, and religious freedom

  • Cherish the arts, the wonders of the physical world, and the mysteries of life

Our Beliefs

  • Each child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way

  • Learning to do and learning to be are as important as learning to learn

  • Asking the right questions is as important as knowing the answers

  • Authentic Montessori principles are the best foundation for the hero’s journey

  • All children are innately curious and driven to learn

  • The ideal learning environment is a closely connected community of lifelong learners

Our Vision of What Education Is For

At Acton Academy of Washington, DC, we start with the most important question: What is education for? Acton believes that education is about discovering a calling. It’s about answering the most fundamental questions: “Who am I? Where am I going? How do my passions and talents connect with the world around me? How can I serve a great need and even change the world?”

Our Educational Philosophy

We believe that students are the agents and primary drivers of their learning. We believe that the role of adults is to prepare the physical and social environment and craft and curate experiences to support the educational journey.

Then we toured Acton and frankly, fell in love.
— Katie Cole, Acton Parent, 2018
You have created something one of a kind and I thank you.
— Lauren Hudson, future Acton Parent

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