From the moment you arrive at Acton Academy in Austin, Texas you can tell this school is different. Culture oozes from every ounce of the staff and students. By 8:00am students are lining up to run into their classrooms even though school does not start until 8:30am.
36 elementary students eager to start their day greet their guide with enthusiastic smiles and open minds. Very little teaching took place during my visit, but there was a lot of learning. Students are encouraged by peers and staff to take charge of their education journey. Guidance is provided as needed but students seem to relish in the fact that they can plan their school day and manage their time.