What is Creator's House all about?

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Philosophical Foundation

Our Mission

We believe that education is preparation for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. And for today’s students, what lies ahead is a future that is drastically different than the world we live in now. Students today will be responsible for creating that future, and to be prepared for that task, how and what they learn must transform to meet those challenges.

Creator’s House exists for that reason.  To help students (at Creator’s House, we call them creators) find their calling and prepare them to thrive in a rapidly changing world. We do this by challenging them to take ownership in their learning and to put it into practice by solving complex real-world problems using critical thinking, creation, collaboration, and innovation.

Our Promises

Through Socratic guiding and experiential learning, each member of our community will:

  • Begin a Hero’s Journey
  • Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
  • Develop a deep respect for economic, political, personal and religious freedoms.
  • Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and mysteries of life on Earth.
  • Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.

Our Beliefs

  • We believe that every child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way.
  • We believe in a closely-connected family of lifelong learners.
  • We believe in learning by knowing, learning by doing and learning by being.
  • We believe in economic, religious, personal and political freedom.

Our Approach

Mixed Ages

Our studios are designed with an understanding that ability is not determined by age and that in an open environment, creators naturally learn from other creators with different interests, skills, and ability levels.

Projects with Purpose

Our creators will focus on solving real-world problems and pressing issues that reflect the world around us.  These projects bring together multiple disciplines and engage creators by allowing each to focus on areas of individual interest and ability.

Mastery Focused

Each of our creators have the opportunity to learn at their own pace. This allows them the opportunity to excel quickly in areas of strength, while also providing the time needed to thoroughly master other areas before moving on. With this focus, each creator is continually challenged in their work.

Learner-Driven

We believe that children are capable of far more than they are tasked with today. By challenging creators to independently set and attain personal learning goals, with a long-term orientation, they gain ownership in their work and are able to realize their true potential.

Experienced Guidance

Our Studio Guides are lifelong learners, experienced in their fields, and passionate about the work they do.  Creators at Creator’s House will learn alongside entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, designers and advanced learners from a wide range of disciplines.

The School Universe: Where Creator's House Fits In

There are many different types of schools, each with its own advantages and challenges.  Below is a simplified framework for understanding the broad categories of schools that exist currently. This framework is by no means comprehensive and the options you have available to you may vary depending on your geographical location. Think of this as a starting point as you begin to understand and navigate your educational options.

Our Studios

Studios are a blend of the old and the new – a return to the community schoolhouses that built America – with the best of modern technology and 21st century organizational design.  Creator’s House is currently open and accepting learners for Spark Studio (ages 4-6). We are also accepting waitlist for our Elementary Studios (ages 6-12). Middle School Studio (ages 12-14) and Launchpad (ages 14-17) will be added in the coming years.

Studio design, tools used, tuitions and schedules for the younger Spark Studio learners is very different than that of the older studio learners.  Select the corresponding tab below for more details.

Spark Studio

Spark Studio focuses on whole child development – cognitive, physical, emotional, and social – with an emphasis on exploring and discovering natural interests. In the morning we have a Montessori environment, and in the afternoon we incorporate the best of Reggio, Waldorf, STEAM and practical real life learning in a hands on adventure program. Creators in Spark Studio are introduced to the goal setting and independent learning skills needed to thrive in future studios.  See our daily schedule: A day in the life of a Spark Creator.

Our Core Processes

Hero's Journey

Everybody is born to change the world, however that journey, the Hero’s Journey is difficult. We work with our creators to prepare them for the path that lay ahead as they find their calling and change the world.

SMART Goals

Creators are introduced to the concept of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound goals. This will prepare them for future success in the older studios and will guide them on their hero’s journey.

Studio Contracts

The creators and parents develop contracts, and once acceptable, everybody signs them. This essentially becomes the constitution that everyone is held to. When a contract is broken, processes are developed to correct the situation.

Studio Leadership & Maintenance

Each day the creators are given individual and team oriented leadership and maintenance tasks within the studio. Doing this builds leadership skills and transfers ownership of the studio to the creators. Producing a sense of community and pride in their studio.

Enrollment & Tuition for Spark Studio

Alternative Schedule

Studies show that long summer breaks cause a huge dip in learning retention. We operate on an alternative calendar of 5-7 week sessions or “Quests” with breaks in between sessions and a 4-5 week summer break. Our flexible program allows families to travel together throughout the year, without sacrificing any learning.

Rolling Enrollment

Because our schedule is dictated by the rhythm of Sessions, we have a “rolling” enrollment process that enables us to consider applications submitted at any time during the year. Once accepted, your learner can start at the beginning of the next scheduled Session throughout the year.

Tuition

Tuition for 2022/2023 is $22,000

What fees and deposits to expect:

  • $250 Application Fee is due when you get to Step 3 of the application
  • Initial deposit of $1800 is due when child’s audition is accepted to secure the child’s spot at Creator’s House
    • Note: Deposit is applied toward the full tuition cost and is non-refundable
  • Deposit + $1684 per month over 12 months
  • A 3% Annual Prepay discount is available

ES, MS and Launchpad

Elementary, Middle School and Launchpad Studios build on students’ Montessori skills while engaging them in Projects with Purpose and Mastery based core skills – computer science, reading, writing, and math – using the top proven and challenging tech-based learning tools.  Projects focus on complex interdisciplinary problems, ethical dilemmas, and simulations requiring deep critical thinking, heavy collaboration, and unique creative solutions.

A day in the Life

Our actual schedule may vary, but a typical Acton Academy Elementary Studio day looks like this: A day in the life of an Elementary Studio Creator.

Our Core Processes

Hero's Journey

Everybody is born to change the world, however that journey, the Hero’s Journey is difficult. We work with our creators to prepare them for the path that lay ahead as they find their calling and change the world.

SMART Goals

Creators are introduced to the concept of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound goals. This will prepare them for future success in the older studios and will guide them on their hero’s journey.

Studio Contracts

The creators and parents develop contracts, and once acceptable, everybody signs them. This essentially becomes the constitution that everyone is held to. When a contract is broken, processes are developed to correct the situation.

Studio Leadership & Maintenance

Each day the creators are given individual and team oriented leadership and maintenance tasks within the studio. Doing this builds leadership skills and transfers ownership of the studio to the creators. Producing a sense of community and pride in their studio.

Enrollment & Tuition for Elementary Studio

Alternative Schedule

Studies show that long summer breaks cause a huge dip in learning retention. We operate on an alternative calendar of 5-7 week sessions or “Quests” with breaks in between sessions and a 4-5 week summer break. Our flexible program allows families to travel together throughout the year, without sacrificing any learning.

Rolling Enrollment

Because our schedule is dictated by the rhythm of Sessions, we have a “rolling” enrollment process that enables us to consider applications submitted at any time during the year. Once accepted, your learner can start at the beginning of the next scheduled Session throughout the year.

Tuition

Tuition for 2022/2023 is $15,000

What fees and deposits to expect:

  • $250 Application Fee is due when you get to Step 3 of the application
  • Initial deposit of $1154 is due when child’s audition is accepted to secure the child’s spot at Creator’s House
    • Note: Deposit is applied toward the full tuition cost and is non-refundable
  • Deposit + $1154 per month over 12 months
  • A 3% Annual Prepay discount is available