Acton Academy Taipei is different. Purposefully.

Our elementary program is an English-Mandarin bilingual program hosted at an incredible location in Taipei, that’s especially conducive to outdoor learning.

During this elementary stage, we lay the foundation for the joy of learning as we encourage our young heroes to find their life’s calling and tap into their unique genius.

Please note: students must be at least six years old by the start of the school year.


Acton Academy taipei helps your child answer these 4 key questions:

  1. Who am I and where am I going?

  2. What tools will I need and which skill will I need to master?

  3. Who will affirm me and hold me accountable?

  4. How do I prove what I can do?

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The education he is receiving is so far beyond any traditional school experience he has had thus far. Acton is providing our child with “real world” skills that will be necessary for him to not only thrive and excel in his education, but also to identify what would be a meaningful, purposeful path for his future.
— Wendy M., Parent

What makes Acton Academy Taipei unique?

The people who’ve been through this program use two words to describe it: “Life changing.”

~ Acton Co-Founder, Jeff Sandefer

Our Beliefs

  • We believe each 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, and political freedom.

Our Learning philosophy

  • Clear thinking leads to good decisions, 

  • Good decisions lead to the right habits, 

  • The right habits lead to character, and 

  • Character becomes destiny.

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Hands-on learning for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.

learn to learn

Socratic Discussions and self-paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners.

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The Hero’s Journey, relational covenants and real world consequences transform difficult decisions into virtuous habits.


Our Learning Environment


With our beautiful Taiwan surroundings, we take field trips and host guest presenters to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Our Acton Academy Taipei includes:

  • An outdoor space with playground, open grass area, and community garden.

  • Student led PE with different activities every week.

  • No homework or frequent testing.

  • Fun and enriching family activities to foster a strong educational community.

Children Connect with Nature

We believe children should be outdoors and have access to nature in a deep, meaningful way. “Forest School” is a growing movement to bring the gift of nature to our children. During their Forest hours, students will learn to make detailed observations of natural phenomenon in their nature journals and to design and conduct experiments to answer their scientific questions.

We have secured a woodland lot for the children to design and learn in. Your children can undertake projects like: designing and building a treehouse, setting up and organic vegetable garden, keeping chickens for eggs and many more. Being located next to Yangmingshan National Park also means our students will have access to hundred of miles of hiking trails for further outdoor learning!


Modern Learning in the Digital Age


The latest in educational technology for self-paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills.

  • Deep Socratic discussions about heroes, history and self-governance to hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully think, write and speak.

  • Hands-on project based Quests to master the tools and skills needed to solve problems in the real world.

  • Written promises and covenants that form a tightly bound community of individuals learning to form authentic friendships and honestly resolve interpersonal problems.


The Personalized Tools We Use:

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acton academy taipei is A Learner-Driver CommunitY.

  • Students create and sign a Contract of Promises describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.

  • Mentor teams encourage younger and older students to listen, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.

  • “Learn to Be” badges that celebrate character and completing leadership challenges.


acton academy taipei believes in Measuring Mastery.


Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.

  1. Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling and character development in “Learn to Be” Badges.

  2. Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.

  3. Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.

Every year at Acton Academy Taipei, we build small businesses from the ground up.

Watch the video to learn more about this project.