An Innovative School established in Houston, TX

At Acton Academy Cy-Fair, children are trusted with more than simply absorbing knowledge. They are entrusted with the responsibility and freedom to learn by themselves. Our learner-driven community puts children at the center of their learning, allowing them to create and maintain personal goals. Children build relational covenants where “learning to do”and “learning to be” are even more important than “learning to know.”

Our Promises

We promise through Socratic guiding and experimental learning to encourage each member of our community to:

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Begin a Hero's Journey

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Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.

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Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.

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Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.

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Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.

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Understand the importance of strong character.

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Value a healthy lifestyle of mind and body.

OUR METHODS OF LEARNING

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SOCRATIC GUIDING

Socratic Discussions and self paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners.

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ELEARNING

We use the latest in educational technology in a purposeful, meaningful way, allowing students to learn at their own ability level and at their own pace.

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HANDS-ON & QUEST-BASED LEARNING

Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.

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STUDENT-DRIVEN LEARNING

Children become empowered learners through a democratic environment in which they have choice and voice in the learning process.

JOY + RIGOR + GRIT = MASTERY

Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Mastery requires commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.

WHAT SETS US APART

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Small class size

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Mixed-age classroom

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Independent thinking

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Strong community utilization

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Students learn at their own pace

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No homework

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Learner Driven Technology

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Hands-on projects

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Socratic Guiding

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Character forging community

Co-Founders

Daniel & Kristah Slate

Kristah Slate is a graduate of Baylor University. She has over 20 years of experience in education, entrepreneurship, non-profits, and youth & children programming. In her career, she has worked as a teacher, corporate trainer, grant manager, and community event coordinator. For the past four years, Kristah served as Director of School at Champion Forest Baptist Church- Jersey Village Campus. Her and her husband, Daniel, have been married for 16 years and are parents to Camden (13), Everett (12), Anna Claire (9), and Owen (7). Daniel is a firm believer in ``learning by doing.`` He is an award winning registered landscape architect and has applied this throughout his own entrepreneurial journey. Today, Dan founded and operates a successful outdoor living design/build company named Water's Edge Outdoor Living in Houston, TX. As a self-employed business owner, he sees the benefits of project based learning on a daily basis. In their free time, they enjoy being outside in nature, playing sports, and traveling together.

Laura Sandefer

Advisor

Laura lived on both US coasts and in between as a child, then settled into Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Science. After being awarded the highly competitive Walter Wattles Fellowship at Lloyd’s of London, Laura worked in the aviation insurance industry in New York City. Deciding to follow her calling into the world of education, Laura returned to Nashville and earned her Master of Education at Peabody College. This led her to her work at the Oklahoma Arts Institute, creating fine arts education programs for teachers and talented high school students.

Laura married Jeff Sandefer and is the happy mother of Sam and Charlie and step-mother to Taite. It is the inspiration of these children that led Laura and Jeff to co-found Acton Academy.

Her greatest hero is her mother who was a Master Teacher. Her wisest mentor is her father who sent her off to college with two words of advice: “Be curious”.

Jeff Sandefer

Advisor

Jeff Sandefer lives a dual life as an entrepreneur and a Socratic Guide. As an entrepreneur, he founded his first company at age 16 and went on to found or co-found seven successful businesses.

As a Socratic teacher at the University of Texas, Jeff’s students five times voted him the school’s Outstanding Teacher and Businessweek named him one of the top Entrepeneurship professors in America. Jeff went on to co-found the Acton School of Business, an MBA program perennially ranked by the Princeton Review among the best in the nation. In 2012 The Economist honored him as one of the top fifteen Business School professors in the world.

Jeff is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he served for over twenty years on the school’s governing committees. He was a longtime director of the Philanthropy Roundtable and National Review magazine and one of the youngest members ever elected to the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

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