Your child is destined to be a world-changer

Acton Academy Southwest Austin is a revolutionary
learner-driven school serving ages 6-10 launching in the
Fall of 2020 in Southwest Austin.

A 21st century school in Southwest Austin

Acton Academy Southwest Austin is an innovative elementary school, ages 6-10 launching in Fall 2020 in Southwest Austin. We believe that each young person who enters our doors is a hero destined to change the world.

Acton Academy Southwest Austin is part of the Acton Academy network, started in Austin in 2009 - hailed by the US education secretary as a leading model of K-12 innovation in the United States.

We believe it is the most nurturing, deep-learning, student-centered learning environment in the world, and we're thrilled to share it with intentional families in our community.

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At Acton Academy Southwest Austin, we believe that learning to do, learning to be, and learning to learn are more important than memorization alone – learning to know.

Skills for the Future

Learn to Know

Build a solid foundation of traditional academics –and even more importantly, a clear "why?". Master writing and grammar because storytelling can change the world. Dive deep into biology because you intend to cure cancer.

Learn to Be

No other accomplishment matters unless you've built a life you're proud of. Have you become a good person? What relationships have you nurtured? What habits have become part of your character?

Learn to Learn

The world is changing fast. The skills of tomorrow aren't the skills of today. Take with you a DIY toolbox of curiosity, grit, trial-and-error, joy, and perseverance. You've confronted new things before. You can learn anything.

What Makes Acton Academy Southwest Austin Different?


  • Rows of desks and a teacher at the blackboard
  • Memorization and testing of rules and facts
  • Report card measures your success
  • One teacher lectures to many students
  • Worksheets just like our grandparents used
  • School like a factory with bells, shifts, and one-size-fits-all

Acton Academy Southwest Austin

  • Work collaboratively like at Google or Facebook
  • Learn real skills and apply them in projects
  • Set personalized goals then transparently track progress
  • Everyone's a teacher; everyone's a student
  • Professional tools for art, engineering, and storytelling; Cutting-edge adaptive tech for Core Skills
  • School like a journey, with big goals, mentors, tools, and a destination you care about
We believe clear thinking leads to good decisions, Good decisions lead to the right habits, The right habits lead to character, and Character becomes destiny.

Find out if Acton Academy Southwest Austin is the right fit for your family:


Hi, I'm Jeff Couvillon. πŸ‘‹

I'm Head of School of Acton Academy Southwest Austin.

We're Now Enrolling for Fall 2020

Serving ages 6-10 in our Elementary Studio.

Would you like to schedule a call?

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