Acton Detective


Children aged 6-10, have you ever imagined yourself as a shrewd and observant detective, solving mysteries to make the world a better, safer place? Are you fascinated by forensics, the science behind solving criminal cases?


If so, please join Acton elementary teacher, Katie Langford, Saturday, November 17, 2-4pm, for an Acton Academy adventure into the world of forensics. During this mini-quest, you will be part of the elite “Detective in Training” program, tasked with a series of challenges to determine the culprit in a case of stolen files. Use your observation observation and deduction skills to complete real-world experiments and solve the case!

Parents, while your children work to solve the case of the stolen files, you will have the opportunity to meet the cofounders of Acton Academy and learn more about this innovative new elementary school where children begin a journey to discover a calling and change the world.

The Acton Physics Mini-Quest will be held at Acton Academy in Foggy Bottom: 2422 K Street, NW.

Thank you so much for your interest! The Acton Detective Mini-Quest has reached capacity and we are no longer accepting new registrants. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email us with the name and age of your child and we will contact you if there is a cancellation.

Acton Academy: Montessori Meets Silicon Valley

Our daughter started at Acton in early September and loves it. Every day after school she can’t stop talking about the adventures she’s had that day!
— Chad Thevenot & Sytera Field, Acton Parents

Acton Academy is a school where Montessori meets Silicon Valley. Acton combines Montessori principles with Socratic discussions and real-world, entrepreneurial projects, such as the Acton Children’s Business Fair. In Acton Elementary, children begin their journey to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and discover a calling.

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Learning to Learn

Montessori-style self-directed learning adapted to the 21st century that prizes curiosity, discovery, creativity, and joy in work, from core skills like reading and math to science and civilization.


Learning to Do

Real-world learning, or quests, that challenge Acton students to learn by doing in fields as diverse as history, chemistry, poetry, art, physics, electronics, and programming. Acton quests feel like a heroic adventure. And rather than simply taking tests, Acton students prove their learning through exhibitions.


Learning to Be

Developing character traits—such as hard work, integrity, persistence, and gratitude—that are important for a fulfilling and meaningful life.

The Acton Journey

Woven throughout the curriculum at Acton is the metaphor of the journey. Acton Elementary students explore questions such as 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?

Every journey has twists and turns and requires hard work, even heroic effort, to overcome challenges along the way. Our mission is to help your child discover his or her own unique path.

Acton is the best decision we’ve ever made for our daughter.
— Amita Vyas, Acton Parent

Place-Based Learning

Acton believes in learning by doing and using Washington, DC as a landscape for learning. This “place-based learning” invites children to explore questions such as Where am I? What is the nature of this place? What sustains this community?

With the Kennedy Center, Georgetown Waterfront, Lincoln Memorial, White House, Smithsonian, and the National Mall but a short walk away and surrounded by organizations and businesses working on local, national, and global issues, Acton students embark on their entrepreneurial journey to explore and connect with the world around them.

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