I have been surveyed on this topic a lot recently. These inquiries have led to very thought-provoking discussions. Whether the questions are to inquire about enrollment or to challenge the mission and philosophy, I appreciate the conversations. I also use what I gain from the discussions as motivation to dare me to show up bravely as I begin this endeavor with my own children.
So, Why DCLC Acton?
I think to fairly answer this question, I need to be very clear that DCLC: An Acton Academy doesn’t intend to fix educational systems that are already in place. DCLC is an alternative model that I deem exceptional. This model provides learners in grades K-8 (currently) with the tools they need to be successful and add value to the world.
DCLC promises that my children will learn to be curious, independent, lifelong learners. They promise to inspire our family to find a calling that will change the world. They will equip my children with the latest technology in a self-paced learning environment that is designed to foster responsibility, goal setting, and teamwork. They vow to allow my children to lead the learning community. They ensure this will prepare them to be contributors in the 21st century, not consumers. They guarantee to guide my children towards developing an entrepreneurial mindset. They will allow my children to progress through the core skills of math, reading, and writing, without limitation and without a deadline. My children will be rewarded for improvement and required to achieve mastery.
As a parent of DCLC students, my children and I will be surveyed weekly and results are shared with the school community because DCLC Acton believes in the importance of customer feedback.
So, What About College?
According to the middle school website of the founding Acton Academy located in Austin, Texas the Acton model promises to “have you well prepared for any selective university where you can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance. Universities are changing so rapidly that it’s difficult to imagine what a college education will look like in ten years. Unfortunately, many colleges still place a great deal of importance on standardized tests, which are little more than IQ tests, and are difficult to improve on once you understand basic test taking tricks. Once you get over the test taking barrier at the university of your choice, your portfolio and critical thinking skills will be a big boost during the application and interviewing process. Most importantly, you’ll be well prepared to shine in the real world, whether you choose to go to college full time, part time or not at all.”
Does DCLC Acton work for every student?
I predict you will have to make that discovery by beginning your hero’s journey.