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Acton Academy of Washington, DC, is a Montessori preschool and learner-driven elementary school in Foggy Bottom that guides each child on a journey to discover a calling and change the world.

For ages 3-6, Acton Montessori offers an authentic Montessori curriculum in a nurturing home-away-from-home environment. For grades 1-6, Acton elementary combines Montessori principles with Socratic discussions and real-world entrepreneurial projects, such as the Acton Children’s Business Fair.

Basic Facts

    Available Spots: Spots available for ages 3-6 and grades 1-6.

    Age Range:

    Years Established: 2014

    Tuition: $23,400 for 2019-2020 school year

    Who you serve:
    Co-ed, Elementary, Montessori, Preschool

    The mission of Acton Academy of Washington, DC, is to guide each child on a journey to discover a calling and change the world.

    Available Hours:

Contact Details

  • Address: 2422 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • Zip Code: 20037
  • Phone: (202) 495-0507
  • Website: 2422 K Street, NW

Important Q&A

    What differentiates your school from all others?
    Acton believes that children are far more powerful than we ever imagined.

    Acton’s mission is to inspire each child to find a calling. Not a job or a even career. A calling—deeply rooted in individual gifts, passions, and skills—that will inspire him or her to work hard, overcome challenges, and even change the world.

    Acton DC is fundamentally different from traditional schools. No bells ring, and there are no lectures. Students are in control of their own learning.

    How Acton DC is different:

    Student-driven, self-paced learning
    Real-world projects and apprenticeships
    Multi-age/grade classes
    Student self-governance
    Exploration and assessment of skill levels, learning styles, aptitudes, personality traits, and interests
    Guides rather than teachers
    Socratic discussions rather than lectures
    Mastery learning and student portfolios of achievements rather than grades
    No homework
    No teaching to the test

    Where do you see your school in 5 years, what will be different?
    In five years, Acton Academy of Washington, DC will have opened a middle school and a high school in addition to the elementary school and preschool.

    Whats one myth about your school thats just not true?
    This isn’t exactly a myth, but something that surprises many parents. When you put students in charge of their own learning, they learn very fast, faster than in traditional schools.

    Acton abhors standardized tests. But just as a benchmark, Acton administers the Stanford Achievement Test once a year.

    Students who have been at Acton Academy in Austin through elementary school (and are now in middle school there) are on average 5.7 grade levels above age in reading and 5.6 grade levels above age in math. Basically, this means middle schoolers are maxing out the high school test.

    What kind of student is most successful at your school?
    Curious and creative independent learners thrive at Acton Academy of Washington, DC.

    Why should we choose your school?
    Families interested in Acton Academy of Washington, DC don’t want to settle for the status quo. They want to join a vibrant learning community that fosters curious and creative independent learners. Acton DC appeals to Montessori families, homeschoolers, unschoolers, parents with an entrepreneurial spirit, any parents looking for something better for their children.

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