Our mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.

Our Programs


Ages 5-11

Learn to learn, learn to do, and learn to be.


Ages 11-14

Work hard, have fun, and find a calling.


Ages 14-18

Start the adventure of a lifetime.


For Ages 5 - 11

Our Elementary Studio is designed to create flexible spaces for work, learning, and play. It is a tight-knit community of mixed-age learners who support each other and collaborate daily. This environment fosters a culture of respect and much of the character development that occurs here.

  • Have fun and be kind
  • Set and track goals, and ask great questions
  • Solid foundation of Math, Reading, Writing, and Civilization
  • Explore and be curious, and develop a love of learning through hands-on, project-based learning

We replaced external motivators like high-stakes test scores and grades with an intrinsic growth mindset, so our learners are motivated to work hard and have fun. Respect is the foundation for every other skill we learn at Acton Palatine. We respect our time, our fellow learners, our space, and our materials. The learners work together to create rules for the space. Some areas might be off limits for play, while others are more flexible. Ultimately, the learners come together to agree to those ground rules and promises, all of which are based on a key promise to not distract themselves or each other during times of work.


For ages 11-14

In our Middle School studio, we believe in the value of truly hard work to develop real-world skills and adventure into the real world. We've created a challenging, playful and self-paced environment to encourage you to:

  • Learn to work hard
  • Manage your work and lead your studio
  • Mastery of Core skills
  • Dive deep in Quests; Explore the real world through Apprenticeships

We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do – finding and pursuing this gift we call the Hero’s Journey. Our mission is to equip our students with the skills and tools they will need to find and pursue their life’s purpose. During the transformative Middle School years, we inspire our young people to develop independent thinking, strong friendships, leadership skills, and pursue their work with integrity.


For ages 14-18

Launchpad learners get ready for real-world success by gaining valuable skills, mastering them through apprenticeships, and launching real startups, businesses, and projects. During the final stage at the Launchpad Studio, help you:

  • Find a passion
  • Lead a small organization
  • Prepare for your next adventure (choose the certifications you’ll need and how to get)

Accomplishments will be showcased in a series of badges that will dazzle admissions officers at top notch universities or convince employees, partners and investors to join forces in a world changing start up.