Frequently Asked Questions

How is Fayetteville Acton Academy affiliated with Acton Academy?

Fayetteville Acton Academy is part of the network of over 300 Acton Academies around the world. We follow the same exact Learning Design (curriculum) and learning model that our owners helped create at the original Acton Academy campus.

What grades do you offer?

Beginning January 2024, we offer:

  • Sprout Studio - Ages 3.5 to 5
  • Spark Studio - Ages 5 to 7
  • Discovery Studio - Ages 7 to 12

*Age groups are approximate and subject to Acton Academy assessment for studio acceptance & placement.

How long is the school year?

FAA will usually run on a 10-month cycle annually from Mid-August to Mid-June, with a great likelihood for Summer Camps & Events.

What is your tuition?

Our aim is to provide the BEST value anywhere in our region. Some schools have many fees: FAA keeps it simple for parents!

There are NO other costs beyond the annual registration fee & tuition!

Tuition for all FAA studios is $8,800/year, payable in 10 monthly installments of $880/month!

For new families there's a one-time $200 non-refundable deposit due upon program acceptance covering all first year materials, registration & onboarding fees - and secures student classroom spot.

For returning enrollees a $125 fee is due upon re-enrollment which secures student classroom spot for the upcoming school year!

*Please note: Limited financial assistance options do exist, as well as a variety of discounts, such as for siblings, active military & first responder families, to name a few!

Is the Acton Academy a Montessori school?

We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy but, we are not a Montessori school. We also use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.

Is Fayetteville Acton Academy a religious school?

We are open to Believers, Searchers and Non-Believers alike! While the historical impact of Christianity on the development of Western Civilization is undeniable, we prefer to leave religion & politics up to the parents, aiming only to expose Learners to the overall concepts of mindful spirituality & humanitarianism as a general approach to Life Long Learning.

Who was Lord Acton?

Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." At the Acton Academy, we celebrate his defense of economic, political and religious freedom.

What do you mean by a hero's journey?

We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.

What is an "independent learner"?

Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don't know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.

What do you mean by a "running partner"?

Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.

Will children be grouped into grades?

We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age. In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in groups.

Does Fayetteville Acton Academy serve special needs children?

We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities but have been able to serve young heroes with dyslexia if they receive special training and believe that many minor learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed.

What do you mean by "every child can change the world"?

We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.

Why do you focus on teaching the "American Experiment"?

We believe in liberty and justice and the ideals of the American revolution as the cornerstones of civilization. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them, as we examine other cultures and forms of government.

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