Acton founder Jeff Sandefer coined the term “learner-driven community,” and we think it captures the two most important aspects of our school. First, we are self-directed, meaning that kids are in charge of their own learning. Second, we are a community of learners in which students are bound together by their pledge to hold themselves and each other to high standards.
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
Creator’s House founders and guides are Christians, but we are not run as a traditional Christian school. We hold the belief that we are all created in God’s image and are His agents of reconciliation in the world, led by the still small voice and using our gifts. We guide children from love and a worldview that God is intimately involved in our lives and is working to restore all things. However, because Acton encourages exploration and independent learning, we leave the teaching of specific doctrine up to individual families. Children and families of all faiths are welcome at Creator’s House.
We believe clear thinking leads to good decisions, good decisions lead to the right habits, the right habits forge character, and character determines destiny.
We believe each of our students have gifts and passions unique to them. By using these gifts and passions to serve others, they can change the world. This may be as simple as 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 their own Hero’s Journey. It may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity.
We believe that children need time to play, relax, and be with family and friends. There will not be any homework assigned.
Creator’s House tracks progress through student portfolios, learning exhibitions, and for Elementary School and above, peer reviews, goal monitoring, online dashboards, learning badges, and a once-a-year standardized test. For more on how we track progress, see “How do I know if my child is growing morally and intellectually?” by Acton founder Laura Sandefer.
Our studios are accredited through the International Association of Learner-Driven Schools. We are starting out as a homeschool co-op/learning center and working on becoming a private school with the State Board of Education.