“Is Creator’s House, an Acton Academy, a Christian school?” We get asked this question frequently. Acton founders, Jeff and Laura Sandefer based the Acton Academy model on the belief that every child has unique talents that can change the world. While finding a child’s individual calling is central to Acton’s alternative approach to education, not all Acton Academies follow the Christian worldview that these callings and talents are God-given. In fact, consistent with Acton’s belief that all children are unique and should be allowed the freedom to discover their journeys, each Acton Academy community is given the freedom to bring uniqueness to their learning environment. What remains constant across all Acton Academies (whether religious or secular) is their non-traditional approach to learning.
Some of the non-traditional elements you will see used in Acton Academies include state of the art learning software, real world projects, Socratic discussions, and a Hero’s Journey dialogue in a learner-driven, multi-age learning studio. These are core to Acton’s non-traditional approach.
What Makes Creator’s House an Acton Academy a Christian School?
Our owners bring their Christian worldview to the school
Mike and Amy believe we all have God-given gifts that are needed in this world. Mike has a strong sense of curiosity which leads his calling as an innovator and entrepreneur. Amy has the gift of transforming complicated ideas into simple teachable concepts supporting her calling to broaden their children’s perspectives on life and faith. As parents of two young children, Mike and Amy desire to know the gifts God has given their children so they can nurture these gifts and help their children discover the journey’s they were created to take.
This desire is what led Mike and Amy to search for an education option that believes children have a calling that can change the world. This requires a learning environment where freedom and responsibility are given equal value. A place where children own choices as part of their growth journeys, even when choices may lead to failure. Mike and Amy believe the Acton Academy model offers what they were seeking. They believed this so deeply that they are convinced God has called them to bring Creator’s House, an Acton Academy to the Seattle Area this fall.
Our Leaders will bring a Christian worldview to our school
One of the most important steps in setting up Creator’s House is choosing the Head of School. This person will be responsible for creating an environment where learners are encouraged to dream and discover God’s calling for their lives. Mike and Amy believe God has called Moonjung Ooi to take on this role at role Creator’s House and join them on their journey to bring a Christian based Acton Academy school to the Seattle area.
Joining the Head of School will be a Guide whose role will include more of the day to day interaction with learners in the classroom. The Guide will not give long lectures about doctrine. They will use Socratic dialogue to invite students to search for answers of the Lordship of Jesus and broaden their understanding of truth from the bible. Creator’s House will provide learners an environment based on a Christian worldview where they are encouraged to follow their quest to know God and discover the unique gifts He has given them.
Creator’s House believes parents are given the sacred role of nurturing and supporting their children’s unique God-given talents and will rely heavily on the ordained position of family in a learner’s faith journey.
The Christian Worldview will be integrated into all aspects of learning at Creator’s House
At Creator’s House specific Christian curriculum and chapel do not make up the core skills areas of study. However a Christian worldview will be brought into every aspect of the learning environment. The guide will daily point learners to God’s words as the source of truth and guidance in all areas of study. We will do this using the Socratic method of asking questions and encouraging learners to find out what God’s word says on their own. The guide will also encourage learners to search for evidence that points to a purposeful Creator. For example learners might be asked to look for patterns or designs in science or sequences and order in math. Faith will touch all areas of learning at Creator’s House. If there is a shared desire among learners and their families to include Bible in the core skills, the Acton Academy model allows the flexibility to make this addition.
In summary, here are the beliefs that make Creator’s House an Acton Academy, a Christian School. W
We each have God-given gifts “Each of us has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of Gods varied grace” 1 Peter 4:10
We each have been given a calling by God “We are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Truth comes from God “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” John 8:32
Love must lead all we do “If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge and have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” 1 Corinthians 13:2
If you are interested in learning more about Creator’s House, an Acton Academy we’d love to talk with you.