FAQs

Question:

Why is Acton Academy Wausau so small?

Answer:

We want to grow organically and have like minded families involved with Acton Academy Wausau. Starting small allows us to get to know each child while building from the ground up. We love the number of students to Guide ratio, as it allows the kids to gain academically and socially in our smaller class setting.  Small is good; our elementary school Studio will never have more than 30 children.

Question:

Why is Acton Academy Wausau Private?

Answer:

Acton Academy Wausau is a completely private school. We do not receive any state funding nor are we subject to state mandated testing or curriculum. It is imperative to our mission and vision that we retain complete control over our curriculum.

Question:

What kind of student thrives at Acton?

Answer:

Students who love to learn, are curious, self-motivated and respectful. Our environment is an accelerator for the independent learner who can tackle challenging questions, follow instructions and solve problems.

Question:

Is Acton Academy Wausau a non-profit?

Answer:

Yes, Acton Academy Wausau is a non-profit corporation that was created and is supported by our community for our community.

Question:

Is Acton Academy Wausau like Montessori?

Answer:

Acton uses the best of Montessori methods: mixed-age classrooms, student choice within limits, large blocks of work time, learning through “discovery,” and freedom of movement in the classroom. Then we go two important steps further by using the best 21st century eLearning tools and adhering to the Socratic method of instruction which emphasizes asking and answering the right questions to stimulate critical thinking. Our students don’t just memorize facts, they learn how to know, learn how to do, and learn how to be.

Question:

How do you measure how a child is progressing at Acton Academy Wausau?

Answer:

We measure student progress in several different ways:

  1. We set Daily, Weekly, and Session goals between the student and the Guides.
  2. We utilize robust real-time data for each of our online learning tools. At any given time both parents and Guides can find out exactly what their student is learning. It easily allows us to track progress, identify areas of struggle and close any learning gaps. 
The staff is alerted if a student gets anymore than 2 wrong in a row. Having a small class size, we are able to work one on one with the student to make sure that we can close gaps and help them master the skill. The web based programs don’t allow the student to move on to the next skill until it has been mastered.
  3. We utilize individual paper portfolios where each student showcases and adds their best work. We can measure their growth in things such as History, Writer’s Workshops, and any Quest use projects we have.
  4. Though we never “teach to the test”, standardized tests given each Fall & Spring provide useful benchmark data.

Question:

Does Acton Academy Wausau offer after care?

Answer:

We will offer an onsite after-school enrichment program beginning Fall of 2016.

Hours: 3:15-5:30 PM

Cost:

Drop in: $15 per day
Full time (5 days a week): $60.00 per week

 

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