Entrepreneurial, Learner-Driven School in Indianapolis

Acton Academy Northwest Indianapolis, an Acton Academy affiliate, is excited to announce the upcoming launch of the learner-driven micro-school in Indianapolis. The private school will open in Fall 2020.

Kathryn Veldhuizen and Ryan Veldhuizen had previously started a homeschool co-op and received consistent feedback from parents that while they loved the homeschool co-op, they wanted the co-op to expand to a full school offering core subjects in a way that would provide the same motivation and curiosity for learning in these core areas, without compromising the individual pace of learning the co-op program already provided.

The transition to a school will provide students in Indianapolis the opportunity to learn real-world project skills and develop virtuous habits in a tight, close-knit community. The focus at Acton Academy is on personalized, mastery-based learning through real-world projects, group Socratic discussions, and adaptive education software. Students are given no homework and, because the focus is on self-mastery and peer-to-peer learning, there are also no tests, lectures, or grades.

Ryan Veldhuizen states, “We really struggled to find a local school that emphasized the development of real-world skills that our children need in the 21st century. So we began working on building a school to fill an unmet need in our community.”

“Acton focuses not on memorization for standardized tests, but rather on having our children learn to learn, learn to do, and learn to be. Acton, in a very unique way, brings together the time-tested aspects of Montessori and Socrates while using the most up-to-date, adaptive education software technology. When our kids grow up, no one will care whether they have memorized the quadratic formula. What will matter are their abilities to communicate and collaborate with others, think critically, and find creative solutions to problems in their community.”

One of the hallmarks of the school is the emphasis on entrepreneurship and finding a calling to change the world. The school currently serves 6- through 12-year-olds and will expand to meet the needs of learners through age 14 the following year and learners through age 18 shortly thereafter.

For more detailed information about the school please visit www.actonindy.org.

Kathryn and Ryan would like to invite you to attend a virtual information session on May 14th. You can register to attend on the website. The meeting will start at 8:15 and conclude by 9:15 pm. You will see an overview of the school and philosophy. In addition, there will time for questions.

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