The Seeds Academy and Acton Academies are a different experience for not just the learner, but the entire family as well. If you have a question beyond what is listed here, please feel free to contact us for clarification.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Acton Academy?
As both public educators, Justine and Chad have been researching and developing their educational philosophies through a trial and error of almost 30 years of combined experience. The Acton model very closely aligns with their personal approach to education, focusing on problem solving, creativitiy, and collaboration over standardized testing and data collection.
Which grades attend?
The goal is that the 2023 school year will start with two studios: a Sparks Studio (K-1 / ages 5-7) and a Discovery Studio (Elementary/ ages 8-11).
How are learners "graded" or "assessed"?
Learners will complete "core skills" curricula on digital learning platforms, many which are used in public ed. Through these platforms, parents will be able to track routine progress, and learner success on benchmark tests that are provided by the different programs. Learners will operate on a badge system that celebrates progress and mastery in a variety of skill sets that that mirror traditional school academics.
Is this a Montessori School?
We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori's philosophy, but we are not a Montessori School. In addition to Montessori methods we use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects, and Socratic methods for discussion.
How does a "studio" differ from a "classroom"?
A standard classroom separates kids based on their date of birth. The Seeds Academy studios are based on a combination of blended age groups with a similar gifts and talents that are shared through collaboration as all students progress in a differentiated environment.
What is the difference between a "teacher" and a "guide"?
Teachers are far more than the old "sage on the stage" cliche, but in many cases they are still forced to drive the classroom and curriculum with the standardized goals in mind. A Guide sets the table for the learners to take control. They do not lesson plan per se, and they don't deliver uniform lessons. They facilitate the differentiated environment the learners need to engage in their quests and core skills independently. A guide establishes the framework of tasks and challenges that the learners take ownership of and make their own through trial and error and collaborative discussions.
Is The Seeds Academy an accredited school?
The Seeds Academy is accredited by the International Association of Learner Driven Schools (IALDS). IALDS is an accredited entity with a focus on schools with strong values, proven methodology, and a commitment to improvement.
What if this doesn't work for my child?
This learning environment will not fit every learner. There needs to be strong buy-in and understanding from the parents as the school grows. Learners will face different sorts of challenges finding their way when given so much freedom and autonomy, and there can be a bit of a learning curve. Clear communication can help with the adjustment. A great Guide can help the growing process. Parents seeing that it's easier said than done to leave grades behind is a hurdle that we need to clear together. In the end, we want every child in our program to know that they can take control of their educational experience from a young age. If they leave our school because of a difference in philosophy or because their needs are better served by the public school system, that is not a failure on either part. Families deserve educational options to find the right placement for their child. The Seeds Academy will offer a very unique experience for the children, but it is not solely aimed at increasing standardized testing data. That can be an uncomfortable proposition.