What would be your dream school?

Ours would inspire a love of learning. The confidence and character to overcome any obstacle. Mastery of core academics. Plenty of outdoor exercise. And a deep connection to a community of fellow travelers.

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What if instead of eliminating recess we embraced the outdoors?

What if we empowered children to design their own education?

What if instead of passive listening, school was full of hands-on projects?

An education for the modern

Is your child's education holding them back from reaching their full potential?

Children enter kindergarten full of curiosity. Year by year, their interest evaporates as they sit at their desks, staring at worksheets and preparing for standardized tests. By graduation, most students associate learning with drudgery, rather than joy.

But what if school could be different? We believe that education should spark curiosity and inspire students to approach learning and exploration (and life!) with the enthusiasm of a kindergartner. That's why we launched our Acton Academy elementary program in the fall of 2023, as part of the Acton Academy network – a global community of over 270 innovative, learner-driven schools.

What makes
Acton Academy Annapolis different?

Mastering math, reading, and writing using personalized learning plans and adaptive software.
Kids learning at Acton
Acton Campus in Austin
Collaborating on engaging, hands-on projects.
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Building strong bodies through daily outdoor activities.
Sparking curiosity through an adventure trip every Friday.
A learner-driven environment that develops independent thinking, communication skills, and character.
Sharing the journey in a tightly bound community of families.

A taste for adventure!

Why should we confine ourselves to the classroom when the world is so interesting to explore?

  • Our adventure van will be out and about, whisking students away on wild expeditions to uncover hidden gems and encounter inspiring people. It's not just a field trip – it's a catalyst for discovering future passions, forging meaningful connections, and finding extraordinary mentors. Read more about our Adventure Trips.

  • We'll also head outside everyday, not just to exercise our bodies, but to conquer challenges that shape teamwork, resilience, and character. Read more about our outdoor focus in our learning design overview.

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The Hero's Journey

The Elementary Studio (Opens Fall of 2023)
The Middle School Studio (Opens Fall of 2024)
The Launchpad Studio (Opens Fall of 2025)

What ages do we serve?

We don't divide children into grades as there are many benefits to a multi-age classroom (peer learning, empathy, leadership). However, we do divide our studios into elementary, middle, and high school groupings. Our middle and high school studios are not yet launched; we will seek approval from the Maryland Department of Education for a fall of 2024 launch.

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“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

- Albert Einstein

School Design Comparison

Traditional School

Rows of desks and passive listening
Entire class moves at the same pace
Classes divided by age
Grades, report cards, homework, and standardized tests
Limited recess and exercise
School like a factory with a one-size-fits-all approach and little community involvement

Acton Academy Annapolis

Work collaboratively on hands-on projects
Individualized pace to achieve mastery
Mixed ages together
Set personalized goals and track progress
Lots of outdoor activities
School like a journey, setting big goals, traveling with a tribe of supportive peers, and connecting with the community
Learn more about how Acton Academy turns learning upside down.
"A remarkable book that captures the powerful journeys of Acton Academy’s founders, students, parent community, and — I hope — the future of education around the globe. Any school, whether traditional or innovative, will gain insights from this magical place.”
Ted Dintersmith
Education Author, Film Producer, and Philanthropist

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Our Mission

We believe each person who enters our doors deserves to find a calling and change the world.

Find out if Acton Acton Annapolis is the right fit for your family:


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Our Story

We're a family just like yours. Find out why we're here.

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"I would never have believed children could learn so much from each other...
until I saw it with my own eyes. The lessons of self-management and self-governance have prepared our fifth-grade daughter to be a lifelong learner.”
Parent, Elementary Studio, Acton Academy Austin

Learn to Learn

Socratic Discussions and self paced challenges equip young heroes to be independent lifelong learners.

Learn to Do

Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship, and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real-world challenges.

Learn to Be

The Hero’s Journey, relational covenants and real world consequences transform difficult decisions into virtuous habits.