What parents are saying

Below, we share what Acton Academy of Washington, DC parents are saying.

“Then we toured Acton and, frankly, fell in love.”

“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.

“Our initial impression has somehow been surpassed by our day-to-day experience. 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. My guess is in a year, getting in is going to be almost impossible.”

—Katie Cole, Acton Parent

“You have created something one of a kind, and I thank you.”

“On my very short trip to the city, I saw about a half dozen schools to get an idea of what DC has to offer and to get a better idea of where I want to send my two boys. I must say that every school I toured paled in comparison to Acton—the mission, the Montessori approach, the building, the environment, the leadership—all set Acton apart. You have created something one of a kind, and I thank you.”

—Lauren Hudson, future Acton Parent

“Acton is the best decision we’ve ever made for our daughter.”

“Acton is the best decision we've ever made for our daughter. The love of learning that we’ve seen in the last month—she’s like a different person! She is so happy and excited to come to Acton. We were nervous at first. But we’re so glad we decided to join the Acton community. We can’t recommend Acton highly enough!”

—Amita Vyas, Acton Parent

“Every day after school she can’t stop talking about the adventures she’s had that day!”

“Our nine-year-old daughter had been in public schools in Fairfax County for the past few years, but she wasn’t engaged in school. She is super independent and energetic, and needed a learning environment where she could flex her creative muscles. She had participated in the Acton Children’s Business Fair for the past two years, so when we learned the same folks were opening up Acton Academy in Washington, DC, we jumped at the chance to enroll her in this unbelievably unique program. 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

“We were lucky to start at Acton from the beginning.”

Our daughter goes to the Montessori program at Acton, and we couldn’t say enough positive things about it. We were lucky to start at Acton from the beginning, because right after we took the tour I knew that was the exact educational experience I've been looking for, and I was positive that in a few months the waiting list would be very long! Our daughter is always very excited to go in, and many times doesn't even want to leave, which is a very good sign. Her development has also increased many folds since she started at Acton, which I think is proof of how experienced and knowledgeable the staff at Acton are about child learning, and the Montessori method in general. In sum, we feel like Acton is a place where our child is happy and safe, which are the most important things!

—Gustavo Sudre, Acton Parent

Acton Press and praise


“Forget show and tell: These young entrepreneurs aim to show and sell.”

The Washington Post, May 30, 2017

“Inside the growing education movement”

Inc. Magazine, March 2017

“It was exactly the kind of lesson that [Acton] organizers… said they had hoped the 125 pint-sized peddlers would learn from starting their own businesses.” 

The Washington Post, May 12, 2018

“Acton Academy is on the vanguard of change in education in our country. After reading [Courage to Grow], your first two questions will probably be, ‘Why couldn’t my school be like this?’ and ‘How can I send my kids to Acton?’ This is an important story about learning what matters.”

—Seth Godin, author of Stop Stealing Dreams

“Montessori meets Silicon Valley”

Reason Magazine, January 26, 2018

“Acton Academy is one of the most important education developments in the world.”

—Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, former executive director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“I was so impressed with [Acton Academy] that I persuaded my husband to move from Honolulu, Hawaii, to the heart of Central Texas so our five young children could enroll.”

—Heather Staker, coauthor of Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

“I’ve visited and studied hundreds of innovative models of schooling over the past decade, and Acton continues to be one of the most promising models…. Acton is a truly inspiring and exceptional school.”

—Bernard Bull, associate professor of education at Concordia University Wisconsin, author of Etale – Education, Innovation, Experimentation