Creator’s House is education for the 21st century learning. We use state-of-the-art learning software, real-world projects, Socratic discussions, and a Hero’s Journey dialogue in a student-driven, multi-age learning studio. Our students are independent learners who find great joy in learning, in a tight knit community that upholds the highest standards of excellence. We are an affiliate of the Acton Academy in Austin, Texas.
Here are a few FAQs we get a lot
We currently support learners ages 5-11 (traditional grades K-6th) and will grow to support our learners through high school.
We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than splitting up into groups based solely on age. Our Spark Studio supports learners ages 5-7, our Explorer Studio supports learners ages 7-11, and our Makers Studio (opening Fall 2024) supports learners ages 11-13.
This allows children to be both teachers and learners, further developing their learning.
We have a beautiful space for our school within the Eastside Church Campus: 14520 100th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011
Tuition for the 2023-24 school year is $16,500 payable in eleven monthly installments of $1,500. There is a one-time $1,500 supply fee upon acceptance.
We begin each year on the Tuesday after Labor Day and run through the middle of July. Heroes are in session five to six weeks, followed by a weeklong break to rest and recharge. Each day begins at 8:45 am (drop-off starting at 8:30 am) and ends at 3:30 pm.
We believe that children need time to play, relax, and be with family and friends. There will not be any homework assigned.
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life. Intentional pursuit of this calling inevitably forces us to face a series of trials and tests. When faced with courage, integrity, and purpose we are transformed, becoming the heroes in our own lives and the lives of others. This leads to a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey. We also believe that parents have a unique role in raising their children according to their unique original design.
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.
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.
At Creator’s House, we encourage students to adopt a “growth mindset” rather than a “fixed mindset.” Those with a fixed mindset believe intelligence is an inborn trait. You’re either a “genius” or you’re not. In contrast, those with a growth mindset believe they can develop their intelligence over time. This can lead to profoundly different behaviors. For instance, children who believe intelligence is fixed often value looking smart above all else, avoid taking risks, and fear failure. Children with a growth mindset view challenging work as an opportunity to grow and view failure as a an opportunity to learn. At Creator’s House, we define “genius” as intelligent behaviors in pursuit of personal goals. Every child can be ingenious in overcoming obstacles and solving problems to pursue his or her own path. For more on the growth mindset, see Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s article “Even Geniuses Work Hard” or her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
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 a Hero’s Journey. It may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity.
In the traditional educational model, a certain amount of class time is devoted to a particular topic or concept; when that time is over, the entire class moves on, despite widely varying degrees of mastery over the material. In contrast, with mastery learning, students proceed at varying rates toward the same level of mastery. The curriculum is not structured in terms of time, but in terms of target levels of comprehension and achievement. We use a mastery learning approach to core subjects such as math, reading, and writing. For more on mastery learning, watch “Sal Khan on Digital and Physical Learning”.
In the Socratic method, a teacher serves as a guide, setting up scenarios and asking questions to stimulate critical thinking and independent learning. Creator’s House uses the Socratic method rather than lectures because through discussions and actively making arguments to support their beliefs, students gain a better understanding of a topic than by passively taking notes during a lecture. It creates critical thinkers, willing to take a stand for something they believe, in a way that promotes deep learning.
At Acton Academy, we believe in the power of balance. Using the incredible, self-paced eLearning tools now available, we are able to provide the rigor needed for learning math, vocabulary, spelling and grammar in about 60 minutes each day for our Elementary Studio learners.
This frees up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning. The two are highly complementary.
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.
Religion plays an important role in history so it may be discussed in the studios, but we do not promote any one religion.
We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities. We have been able to serve young heroes with dyslexia if they receive outside support and many heroes with ADHD thrive in an Acton environment.
Yes, we are accredited through the IALDS (International Association of Learner Driven Schools).
Creator’s House is part of the network of over 200 Acton Academies around the world. We follow a similar Learning Design (curriculum) and learning model that our owners helped create at the original Acton Academy campus in Austin, TX.