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Every child is UNIQUE and TALENTED and deserves to find a calling that will CHANGE THE WORLD.

Dynamic, talented, intelligent children need a dynamic and immersive environment to develop their inherent talents and succeed in the 21st century. They need the Acton model of education. 

Imagine children, like yours, boldly pursuing their dreams with creativity and grit. This vision is more than a concept; it's a chance for your child to uncover their hidden talents and potential. They have dreams ready to be ignited, and our event could be that vital spark. I'm Rob Orlando, founder of Aspiring Phoenix. Faced with uncertainties about our three boys' future, my wife Kim and I felt a familiar parental dilemma. Drawing from our diverse backgrounds in coaching, engineering, and project management, we sought a unique solution. Our quest led us to Acton Academy, introduced through a TEDx talk by co-founder Jeff Sandefer. This serendipitous discovery, whether by chance or fate, presented us with a new path. It was a silent call, deep and resonating, guiding us towards what we needed to create. The Aspiring Phoenix Foundation where Montessori meets Harvard Business School to create an education like no other.

Don't take our word for it. Listen to our young heroes talk about:

  • Self-paced learning instead of everyone moving at the same pace

  • Student-centered instead of teacher-centered

  • Student-led instead of adult-led

  • Game-based core skills instead of worksheets

  • Critical thinking instead of indoctrination

  • Hands-on learning and experimentation instead of textbooks

  • Real-world Apprenticeships

  • Leadership Development

  • Team Building

  • Time Management

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Cutting Edge Technology

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Rob Orlando
Founder, Administrative Head, 
Master Guide


He or She will:

  1. Begin a Hero's Journey

  2. Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner

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

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

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

Do You Want Your Child To Feel Like Life Is An Endless Stream Of Opportunities?

Are You Ready To Learn More About Acton?

Step 1. Visit our campus and ask lots of questions.
Step 2. Begin your family's application.

Learn about Acton from others

Read "Courage to Grow" to learn how Acton can change the lives of you and your family. Click the picture to order the book, or schedule a tour for a free copy.

Contact Us

The Aspiring Phoenix Foundation, 
701 Whitaker Mill Road
Joppa, MD 21085

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