One of the most powerful parts of Acton Academy is having Eagles of different ages in the same classroom.
In the Elementary School, five year olds guide ten year olds; in the Middle School, fourteen year olds find they can still learn from someone who is eleven. Most importantly, we find that age differences quickly disappear for Eagles and Guides, as the special talents of each Eagle become far more important than age differences.
And yet, Elementary School Eagles still look up to Middle Schoolers. Recently, the ES’ers requested to have their lunch time adjusted, just so they could watch the Middle School Eagles play sports.
This powerful attraction of older role models is why we are giving Middle School Eagles a chance to earn the right to serve as temporary Guides to the Elementary School Eagles, by earning one Learning Badge a week.
Our belief is that we’ll find Eagles can curate, create and deliver educational challenges more powerfully than adults. If anything, our most revolutionary idea so far.