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.  

We are now offering a three-day week option.  Contact us for more information.





Experience the Ultimate Summer of Learning

Ignite Your Child's Imagination and Create Unforgettable Memories with Our Engaging Camps

1st Week | July 8th - 12th ------------------------------------------------------> Art

1st Week | July 8th - 12th


Campers will delve into the vibrant world of creativity and art, experimenting with a diverse array of mediums and embarking on an array of imaginative projects.

2nd Week | July 15th - 19th -----------------------------------------------> Games

2nd Week | July 15th - 19th


Campers will learn by playing a variety of games (classic playground games, sports, board games, and team-building games). They will also have the chance to create their own games.

3rd Week | July 22nd -26th ------------------------------------------------> Nature

3rd Week | July 22nd -11th


Campers will immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural world, discovering its wonders through a series of engaging activities and hands-on environmental projects.

4th Week | July 29th - August 2nd -------------------------------------> Theater

4th Week | July 29th - August 2nd


Campers will create a theatrical production and perform it for their parents.  They will take on a role suited to their personality and interests–such as an actor, set designer, or stage manager.  

5th Week |August 5th - 9th ---------------------------> Science Experiments

5th Week |August 5th - 9th

Outside Experiments

Campers will become scientists and perform experiments outdoors. 

What is Acton Academy?

What exactly is the difference between Acton Academy and other schools?

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Watch This Short Award Winning Documentary About Acton Academy

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 passionsomething 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
small businesses
from the ground-Up

San Diego Children's Business Fair

April 26th 2024

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Who We Are

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Mandy Callister

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.

Tim Bedley

Tim Bedley the 2013 Riverside County Teacher of the Year, has been an educator since 1988. He specializes in motivating young people to become the best version of themselves as well as developing confidence and leadership. His innovative and compassionate approach has made him a beloved figure among both parents and learners. Mr. Bedley is the co-founder of Global School Play Day, the creator of Rockin’ the Standards, and the former host of The Bedley Bros. Podcast. Learn more about Tim by visiting his YouTube Channel, tbed63.

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.

Spark Studios

ages 4-6

Our Spark Studio offers a safe and warm environment where a love for learning is fostered and young children thrive.

Adventure Studio

ages 7-10

The Adventure Studio is a magical environment where children learn at their own pace and build character.

Journey Studio

6th-8th Grade

We believe in the education or the whole person–inside and outside the studio.  We empower leadership.

Launchpad Studio

9th-12th Grade

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.

Acton Academy is dedicated to enrolling students who contribute to and thrive in our community, regardless of income. In line with our commitment to ensuring access and affordability, Acton provides financial aid and offers flexible payment options to support our families. Please contact Mandy at 619-709-5656 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.

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.

For homeschool families seeking enriching educational options, we provide programs designed to cater to their unique learning needs. To explore the opportunities available, please reach out to Mandy for personalized guidance and support. You can contact her at 619-709-5656.

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. 

Once a year, we offer the California Achievement 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
Outdoor Education

We offer frequent opportunities for field trips and outdoor education.  Every six weeks, we embark on a minimum of two exciting field trips, ensuring our learning journey extends beyond the classroom and into the real world, offering hands-on experiences and valuable educational opportunities.  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.

Help Your Child Build Their Future.

Montessori Kindergarten Studio

Our Montessori Studio offer a safe, caring, and warm environment where young children thrive. Through the use of Montessori materials, each child experiences hands-on activities, encouraging a love of math, science, art, reading, writing, building, and dramatic play. The daily schedule and routines include a balance of indoor and outdoor activity time with plenty of time to play, which by the way, we feel is super important to a child’s development. Children are encouraged to think, reason, question, develop ideas, experiment and problem solve, as well as make choices and display independence. Kindness and developing good character is a cornerstone in all we do.

Adventure Studio

ages 7-10

On any given day, you might find Adventure students doing something like racing their vehicle prototypes as they learn about physics, teamwork, and basic mechanics. Hands-on, meaningful project-based learning is a cornerstone of learning at Acton Academy. The Adventure Studio is a magical environment where children learn at their own pace using the latest in educational technology for self-paced mastery of reading, writing, and math skills. Students are surrounded by a close-knit group of peers, as they focus on excelling academically and showing up in the world with kindness.

Middle School

6th-8th Grade

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Middle School is where young people rapidly start owning their education. Middle school is the perfect time to develop intellect and character while gaining a deeper sense of self and the real world. Students have a broad palette of topics to study and pair in-depth academic exploration with real-world connections to experts and local apprenticeships. Middle School is about deepening a passion for individual subjects while broadening your understanding of yourself and your future.

Our high school is launching in Fall of 2023. Acton High Schools are designed to help you find your passions and achieve your goals. What do you want to do?

  1. Go to college?
  2. Start your own business?
  3. Launch a nonprofit?
  4. Learn a trade or specific technology skill?
  5. Start a job after high school?
  6. Join the military?

As a micro-school, we are flexible and adaptable and capable of customizing each student’s high school learning experience. Working in tightly-knit teams of 10-15 students and our Guide staff, Acton students explore everything from the sciences to art to robotics and coding to advanced and college credit courses. This is 21st-century learning.