We Help TK- 12th students develop the Character Traits that Matter Most
So they Can Become Who They are meant to Be
Meet Mandy Callister
and find out why this San Diego Educator and mom started an Acton Academy
Equip Your Child to Thrive
At our academy, we provide an education that helps young people create a meaningful life–by developing strong academic skills, discovering their unique strengths, and growing in good character. We set aside rote memorization and busy work for what matters most: equipping them to unlock their potential.
What is Acton Academy?
What exactly is the difference between Acton Academy and other schools?
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Are you frustrated with the old, traditional educational model that teaches students to spit out facts and pass state-mandated tests?
Our promises to your child
We believe each of our students will find a passion – something they love and have a gift to do – finding and pursuing this gift we call the Hero’s Journey. Our mission is to equip our students with the skills and tools they will need to find and pursue their life’s purpose.
Our Students build
from the ground-Up
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See Why Parents Like You
Choose Acton Academy!
"Learning is holistic and children are treated with respect. My son is so happy to go to school, and happy to tell me about his day, this never happened at our old school. "
"Karson loves his guides, his friends, the freedom to choose what to work on and all of his experiences so far at Acton. As his mom, I'm so grateful to see him come home so happy everyday from having such a great time at school."
"Best decision we could have made for Jake and our family."
"The teachers are the best. Patient, caring, and hard-working."
"I have watched my daughter blossom into a confident, kind and happy young lady! The staff is so attentive to families and dedicated to making learning fun with field trips and special projects like Quests and the Children's Business Fair. The Acton way is truly transforming education and we are grateful to be part of it!"
"Great alternative education school! Love to see my kids growing in this environment!!!"
My daughter has exceeded what we believed she was capable for her age. She couldn’t wait to go back and ran up on the first day of school. The guides are incredible and I love how much involvement we can have as parents. We are grateful for all the extra parenting help they provide for us to help our child be more successful...
We are so thankful to have found this school for our children. They instill a love of learning in their students and teach them so many necessary skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, treating others with kindness and respect, and so much more. I recommend Acton to everyone!
Who We Are
Mandy Callister and Family
Mandy’s favorite title is a mom of three. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and has taught in both public and private settings for over eleven years. She is passionate about constantly improving as an educator and finding better, innovative ways to equip young people to thrive. So when she came across Acton Academy, she knew she only had one choice–to start one for her children and for her community. She is on a mission to reinvent what education looks like for like-minded families in San Diego. She would love nothing more than for each young person to find and grow the unique gifts within them so they can better serve the people around them.
Need To Know MORE About What Acton Academy Can Do For Your child?
At Acton Academy, we call our rooms "Studios" because students are learning through movement, exploration, and hands-on activities. Find out how our learning design can help your child reach their full potential.
Our Spark Studio offers a safe and warm environment where a love for learning is fostered and young children thrive.
The Adventure Studio is a magical environment where children learn at their own pace and build character.
We believe in the education or the whole person–inside and outside the studio. We empower leadership.
Would you prefer traditional high school or the adventure of a lifetime?
Here Are A Few FAQs:
We operate on an eleven-month calendar, with six-week sessions, followed by a week-long break and longer breaks during the Christmas holiday and summer. Our flexible program allows families to travel and spend time together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.
Acton is the right place for your child if they…
- Wish traditional school was more challenging and engaging.
- Enjoy doing projects around their interests with just a few dozen young people.
- Build, create, innovate, or make art.
- See things differently.
- Care about their future, want to find a calling, and want to change the world.
- Are kind, hardworking, and committed to doing their best.
We offer financial aid to provide opportunities for all families in San Diego. Please contact Mandy for more information. Acton Academy: San Diego East is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Our annual enrollment fee is $500. The annual tuition is $12,100 for a full day (8:30 to 3:15). We offer a 10% sibling discount. We also offer a shorter day option for younger children in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) that ends at 1:15. The annual tuition for the shorter day is $10,115. Payments are made in monthly installments.
We do offer financial aid. Please contact Mandy for more information. Acton Academy: San Diego East is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
We provide a 21st century learning environment using the latest in educational technology for self-paced mastery of reading, writing, elective courses, and math skills. Students are placed according to ability so that our program can meet the student right where they are. Students move on to the next level only after the content has been mastered, which ensures there are no learning gaps.
From figure drawing and sculpture to process drama workshops, our students experience varied and unique experiences with the arts. In addition to long lunch breaks at a local park, they also participate in a variety of physical activities such as kick ball, yoga, Croquette, flag football, and student-led P.E. games.
We believe that students become confident, independent learners, and good citizens when they embrace the following character qualities: integrity, resilience, self-reflection, and empathy. We believe in personal responsibility and high accountability standards. Acton students are encouraged to take responsibility for their choices and actions as we think developing a strong moral compass will help students lead joyful and successful lives. Character learning is woven into all parts of learning at Acton.
1. Visit Us
Schedule a campus tour to learn more about our unique school.
2. Submit Your Application
Please complete our online application.
3. Visit Day
Your child is invited to visit our school for a day. The visitor day is an excellent way for us to get to know your child and allow them to experience learning at Acton Academy San Diego East
4. Admissions Decision
We will convey a preliminary decision on admission within a week after the visitor day. Admission to our school will be confirmed upon receipt of the enrollment fee, and signed enrollment documents. Ensuring a good fit between each student and family with Acton is essential. For that reason, admission remains subject to review of student school records, and the discretion of the school based on information obtained prior to the start of school.
While we expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality and stress the historical importance of religion to the development of civilization, we do not promote any one religion.
We believe that students learn best when working with children 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 groups.
Students celebrate the mastery of tools, skills, and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios, and taking part in public exhibitions. Public exhibitions allow students to present work to experts, customers, or the public for a real-world test. Starting in 2nd grade, parents use our online platform, JourneyTracker, to monitor progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math, and character development. Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, videos, and other creative work.
Students celebrate the mastery of tools, skills, and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios, and taking part in public exhibitions. Public exhibitions allow students to present work to experts, customers, or the public for a real-world test. Parents use our online platform, JourneyTracker, to monitor progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math, and character development. Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, videos, and other creative work. Once a year, we offer the Iowa standardized test, and you know what? Most of our students score 1-2 grade levels ahead of the national average.
Our promise at Acton Academy is to have students well prepared for any selective university where they can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance. 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 are well prepared to shine in the real world, whether they choose to go to college full time, part time or not at all.
Field Trips and
We offer frequent opportunities for field trips and outdoor education. Some of the places we visit include local parks, Point Loma Tide Pools, Children’s Nature Retreat, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden, Naval Base Point Loma, and local businesses.