Monthly Archives: August 2017

Will an Acton Academy diploma get me into Harvard or Stanford?


No one completely grasps the alchemy of college admissions, where an applicant’s fate often depends on an over-caffeinated twenty-five-year-old reviewer, sifting through dozens of applications each hour.

Luckily, Acton Academy graduates have a choice:

  • Translate badges into a diploma and transcript identical to those issued by top college prep high schools, a strategy most effective for second tier state universities with more bureaucratic admission hurdles; or
  • Present a rich portfolio of work and a fistful of reference letters from apprenticeships, an approach favored by alternative schoolers and homeschoolers for more selective universities like Stanford or Harvard.

Increasingly universities like Harvard and Stanford covet self-directed, focused graduates like ours and offer large discounts on tuition.