ABOUT US

Do you want your child to learn from difficult real world challenges?

At Acton Academy Swellendam, children are trusted to do something else besides soak up knowledge: They are trusted to be able to be responsible for themselves. Our Learner Driven Community puts children at the center of their learning, allowing them to create and maintain personal goals and relational covenants where “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”

Our Method

Socratic Discussions

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

Elearning

We use the latest in educational technology in a purposeful, meaningful way, allowing students to learn at their own ability level and at their own pace.

HANDS-ON & QUEST-BASED LEARNING

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

STUDENT-DRIVEN LEARNING

Children become empowered learners through a democratic environment in which they have choice and voice in the learning process.

MEASURING MASTERY

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Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.

  1. Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling and character development in “Learn to Be” Badges.
  2. Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.
  3. Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.

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