Ascent: An Acton Academy

Location: North Central Austin
Students served: Spark Studio serving ages 4–6; Elementary Studio serving ages 7–11
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2019; maximum of 50
Model/philosophy: Ascent Academy's mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters its doors to find a calling that will change the world. Ascent follows a one-room schoolhouse model that applies the philosophy of the Hero’s Journey and the Socratic method to empower young people. Combining Montessori principles with technology, Ascent has created a self-paced learning environment where children are equipped to become independent, lifelong learners.
Special features: Online adaptive software for math and language, project-based learning, Socratic discussion groups, examination of the Hero’s Journey and how it applies personally to each student, no homework, service learning opportunities, and outdoor education. Ascent Academy is an Acton Academy and is part of the network of over 100 Acton schools around the world turning learning upside down.
Schedule: 8:25am–3:15pm Monday-Friday; year-round with week-long breaks every 5–6 weeks
Tuition: Spark Studio: $11,220 per year, payable in 11 monthly installments of $1,020. Elementary Studio: $9,988 per year, payable in 11 monthly installments of $908
Contact: Janita Lavani and Samantha Jansky, Owners | info@iamcurious.org | iamcurious.org