What Makes IGNITE Different?

At Traditional Schools

Everyone learns the same information at the same time

At IGNITE: An Acton Academy

Learners do challenging work at their own pace

Teachers assign homework

Learners work hard everyday and only do homework when they are so engaged that they want to

Students receive letter grades based on what they’ve memorized

Focus on intrinsic motivators, and real-world feedback. Learner designed systems award effort and badges for proven mastery

One teacher lectures to many students

Learners teach themselves and each other, tapping into cutting-edge educational technology where relevant

Works like a factory with bells, shifts, and one-size fits all

Works like a fun journey, with adventure, fellow travellers, guides and challenges

Teachers are the authority

Learners solve their own problems and learn to govern themselves

Rows of desks face a teacher at the front

Learners work together and collaborate

Memorization of information for the purpose of taking a test

Important discussions that have learners think deeply, take a stand, and communicate their reasons

Curriculum designed to fill an otherwise empty mind

Games, quests, and experiences designed to ignite a fire within a child’s already impressive mind

Programming that treats students as if they’re all the same

Flexibility that allows learners to discover their own learning styles, needs and strengths

Students either fall behind or so far ahead they’re bored

Learners set personal goals that keep them in their own zone of challenge

At Traditional Schools

Everyone learns the same information at the same time

Teachers assign homework

Students receive letter grades based on what they’ve memorized

One teacher lectures to many students

Works like a factory with bells, shifts, and one-size fits all

Teachers are the authority

Rows of desks face a teacher at the front

Memorization of information for the purpose of taking a test

Curriculum designed to fill an otherwise empty mind

Programming that treats students as if they’re all the same

Students either fall behind or so far ahead they’re bored

At IGNITE: An Acton Academy

Learners do challenging work at their own pace

Learners work hard everyday and only do homework when they are so engaged that they want to

Focus on intrinsic motivators, and real-world feedback. Learner designed systems award effort and badges for proven mastery

Learners teach themselves and each other, tapping into cutting-edge educational technology where relevant

Works like a fun journey, with adventure, fellow travellers, guides and challenges

Learners solve their own problems and learn to govern themselves

Learners work together and collaborate

Important discussions that have learners think deeply, take a stand, and communicate their reasons

Games, quests, and experiences designed to ignite a fire within a child’s already impressive mind

Flexibility that allows learners to discover their own learning styles, needs and strengths

Learners set personal goals that keep them in their own zone of challenge

We believe that every child has the potential to change the world.

IGNITE is 21st century learning. We use state-of-the-art learning software, real-world projects, Socratic discussions, and a Hero’s Journey dialogue in a student-driven, multi-age learning studio.  We strive to create a safe and nurturing – but still challenging – environment where lifelong learning is encouraged, and hidden strengths are discovered. 

IGNITE: An Acton Academy is accredited by the International Association of Learner-Driven Schools. 

IGNITE: An Acton Academy

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