It’s natural to have questions.
Here are a few answers:
What grades do you offer?
Acton Taipei currently offers applications for children from 6 years old (American grade 1) to 12 years old (American grade 7).
How long is Acton Taipei in session each year and what is the school calendar?
We operate on an eleven month calendar, starting September and ending July. Please get in touch to receive the school calendar.
What is your tuition?
Please get in touch to find out more about tuition rates.
Is Acton Taipei a bilingual school?
Yes, Acton Academy Taipei is an English-Mandarin bilingual school.
Is Acton Taipei a Montessori school?
We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy, but we are not a Montessori school. In addition to Montessori methods, we use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.
Is Action Taipei a religious school?
Acton Taipei revolves around the basic truths of Christianity: the belief that humans are designed to be the hands and feet of God in the world, using their gifts to the best of their abilities. Because Acton encourages exploration and independent learning, however, we leave the teaching of specific doctrine up to individual families. Children and families of all faiths are welcome at Acton Taipei.
What do you mean by “a hero’s journey”?
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.
What is an “independent learner”?
Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don’t know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.
Does Acton Taipei serve special needs children?
We strive to be an inclusive school. While we are not not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities, Dr. Wang has had basic training in an Orton-Gillingham program that can be used to support students with mild dyslexia. There are plans for our team to receive further training and certification in Orton-Gillingham methods in the future. We strongly believe dyslexic students can thrive at Acton with the right training. We will help parents with dyslexic students to find evidence-based resources to support learning.
What do you mean by “every child can change the world”?
We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people’s day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero’s Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people’s lives.
What is a “running partner”?
Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.
Will children be grouped together by grades?
We believe that children learn best when working with those younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age. In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in multi-age groups within each studio (Elementary, Middle, and launchpad (HS)).
What is a “learner driven classroom”?
At Acton Taipei, the students run the studio (classroom) by agreeing together what their rules are for behavior and treatment of one another. These are called their “Studio Covenants” and “Rules of Engagement”. In the elementary studio especially, they are provided with appropriate guidance throughout this process. These rules and covenants are prominently displayed in the studio and revisited. Often, these are revised by the students as they work through challenges and discover better ways of interacting with one another.
Students also budget their time and choose their areas of focus for the day and adjust these based on their performance. We believe strongly that students achieve more when they have control of their learning.
Why a “learner driven classroom”?
At Acton Taipei we believe in learning to be and learning to do and an important part of this is encouraging kids to take responsibility for their own behavior and hold those around them to a high standard. When something isn’t working, we want our students to work together to solve the problem, not look for an adult to solve it for them. This creates a sense of independence and confidence that will serve them well in all areas of life.
Is Acton Taipei accredited?
Yes, the school is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools.
How do you use technology in the classroom without students having too much screen time?
At Acton Taipei, we believe in the power of balance. Using the incredible, self-paced eLearning tools now available, we are able to provide the rigor needed for learning math, vocabulary, spelling and grammar in about 90 minutes each day, while freeing up the rest of the day for engaging, project-based learning. The two are highly complementary.
Will Acton prepare my child for college?
At Acton Academy Taipei, our aim is to have students well prepared for any selective university, where they can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance. For more of our thoughts on pursuing higher education, check out this post we wrote on our blog. Once your student gets over the test taking barrier at the university of their choice, their portfolio and critical thinking skills will be a big boost during the application and interviewing process. Most importantly, students be well prepared to shine in the real world, whether they choose to go to college full-time, part-time or not at all.
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Resources for you to dive into:
Courage to Grow, by Laura Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy Austin
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education, by Sir Ken Robinson
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, by Sir Ken Robinson
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, by Salman Khan
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How., by Daniel Coyle
Unschooling Rules, by Clark Aldrich (foreword by Jeff Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy Austin)
Creating Innovators, by Erica Swallow
It’s Time to Rethink How We Are Educating Our Children, by Benjamin Stecher
Lessons Learned From Great Schools Around the World, by Will Minton
The Secret to Raising Smart Kids, by Carol S. Dweck
Let Children Take Risks, by Lenore Skenazy