We are deeply touched that Katie, a founding Acton parent, posted this lovely letter and recommendation to the Cleveland Park, Dupont Circle, and other neighborhood listservs. Read her letter below!
Parent Recommendation - Acton Academy (ages 2.5 & up)
I am writing to share my experience with what feels like DC’s most under the radar (for now) gem of a school - Acton Academy. In sum, Acton, which serves kids ages 2.5 and up, has blown me and my husband away.
When we considered preschool options for our three year old daughter this year, we initially hoped she would end up in one of the lovely schools nearby Woodley/Cleveland Park. Then we toured Acton and, frankly, fell in love.
In sum, Acton offers:
- Extraordinary educators, including our daughter’s (who was a beloved Montessori teacher at a nearby school before coming to Acton)
- Longer day coverage than its peers (8am - 6pm), all of which is Montessori
- Longer year coverage than its peers (with its summer option, just August off)
- Costs 1/3 less than its peers (about the same cost as our former day care)
- A gorgeous, unique building -- a retrofitted row house on K Street you have to see! -- with dedicated outdoor space
- A super convenient location in Foggy Bottom - just three minutes off of Rock Creek
On top of all that, the school was started by a husband and wife team, David and Nicole, who live right here in Cleveland Park. They were so committed to providing the kind of educational experience they wanted for their daughter - while meeting busy parents’ needs - that they literally founded their own school.
My husband's and my initial impression of Acton has somehow been surpassed by our day to day experience - to the point where I am writing this review unprompted, simply because I want more parents to be aware of this tremendous option.
I cannot imagine a more peaceful, nurturing, and wonderful learning environment for our daughter.
If you are searching for a school for your child, I highly recommend you apply to Acton sooner than later (they have limited spaces available for midyear enrollment). My guess is in a year, getting in is going to be almost impossible.
—Katie at Cortland Place