Parents around the world are reinventing education by opening Acton Academies.

While earning my master’s degree in education, I was teaching high school and middle school courses at a residential treatment center for middle school and high school girls. I was surprised to find how many of them were reading at the 1st to 3rd-grade level. This discovery started me on a journey (that has never ended) to find and implement innovative and effective teaching methods to solve problems and become a better educator. I began searching for and implementing the best research-validated instructional methods to improve skills for reading, spelling, and comprehension.  I continued to work as as literacy tutor, teacher, and school consultant for over ten years. 

As a mother, I have often thought about how I want my children to be strong in the core skills of reading, writing, and math. Beyond that and more importantly, my greatest hope for them is to discover their gifts, be self-directed learners, and, simply, become good, kind people. I wondered if spending a lot of time doing worksheets, hearing lectures, and taking tests on information that can be found on Google was the best use of their time or the best way to instill the characteristics that I believe are most important. So when I came across Acton Academy, I was instantly intrigued. As an educator and a mother, I believe there is no better way to help our children grow than to give them the opportunity to embrace the commitment and discipline it takes to achieve their own goals and embark on a journey to find their calling. We are looking for like-minded families to join us at Acton Academy: San Diego East. If you are ready to renovate your child’s education and launch their hero’s journey, contact me. I look forward to meeting you!

Mandy Callister

Mandy Callister
Founder and Director
Acton Academy: San Diego East

Our Promises To Your Child

He or she will:

Embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but the mastery required for a Hero’s Journey goes even further, requiring commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.


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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.