Our Philosophy

We believe that 

clear thinking leads to good decisions,

good decisions lead to the right habits,

the right habits forge character, 

and character determines destiny.

What Makes Acton Academy Different from a Traditional School?


What is in a Traditional School?

Adult driven

Rows of desks 

and a teacher on the board


Teaching to the test

One teacher lectures to many, 

teaching to the test and exams


Mostly textbook dependent

Report card measures your success,

focus on marks, being on schedule


Compliance & Control

Focus on classroom management,

homework, and failure is stigmatized


Memorization and 

Testing of Rules and Facts

Similar to a factory with bells, shifts, and one-size-fits-all


Acton Academy Toronto

Learner-Driven Community

Collaborative work similar to Google /Facebook


Socratic Guide

Everyone's a teacher,

everyone's a student


Learner-Driven Technology 

Self-paced learning with portfolios, 

exhibits, models, and feedbacks


Responsibility & Autonomy

Progress transparently tracked, 

personalized goals, inspired actions


Life Preparation, Wisdom

& Real Skills Application

A journey with goals, mentors, tools, and a destination you care about


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

Albert Einstein