Learn to learn. Learn to Do. Learn to Be.

Acton Academy Verona offers an innovative learning environment where Eagles learn together, not separated by grade. At Acton they are free to advance at their own pace — which is commonly greater than two grade levels per year.

(Acton's young heroes-in-the-making call themselves "Eagles" in honor of the Acton mascot.)

Find a Calling

Each day our Eagles set out on a journey of deep learning and real-life experiences. They explore the lessons of history, the wonders of nature and the excitement of entrepreneurship. Through their journey, they learn about their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their passions.

The overlap of their strengths and passions with an urgent real-world need is where a calling is born.

Forge Character

We believe our Eagles need two critical qualities to soar: warm-heartedness and tough-mindedness. These are the traits of heroes, not victims, and must be demonstrate by our Eagles in real life to earn the required Character Badges. Peer-to-peer feedback on their heart and mind is shared during our 360 Feedback exercises.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Today more than twenty-five Acton Academies have already created astounding learning communities. This year fifteen new ones will open their doors. Hundreds of inquiries about starting Acton Academies are pouring in to the founders.

Within this group of schools, best practices are freely shared and questions are answered. Answers to every conceivable bump within the methodology have already been found somewhere in the network, and worked through. Our journey as Acton Academy Verona is an exciting one, and a well-understood one – thanks to those who have come before us.

A Day at Acton


Innovating a 21st Century Pedagogy
Laura Sandefer
ACTON ACADEMY Advisor & Co-Founder

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
ACTON ACADEMY Advisor & Co-Founder

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 Entrepreneurship 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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