The Aspiring Phoenix Foundation

Helps Children Discover And Grow their Unique Strengths

Because The World Needs Them.

Meet Some of our Learners!

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Rob Orlando


Briella DiPasquale 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.

What Is The Acton Experience?

What Exactly Is The Difference Between Acton Experience And Other Models?

As an Acton, The Aspiring Phoenix Foundation uses the latest technology in a self-paced learning environment that is designed to foster responsibilitygoal-setting, and teamwork. Acton Heroes are empowered to thrive in a world that needs independent, motivated thinkers, and learners.

We believe we all learn by doing. Whether it’s launching a startup business, creating a tidepool habitat, playing a musical instrument, painting a mosaic, or programming a robot, Acton Heroes are building real-life skills in the classroom every day.

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We believe the learning experience is much richer when the Guide (we do not have teachers) offers insightful questions and facilitates hands-on learning. Guides use the Socratic method, always responding to students’ questions with new questions. This exchange hones children’s critical thinking skills. No boring sit in your desk teacher-led lecture-style learning at Acton!

The Aspiring Phoenix Foundation is “learner led.” This means young people take ownership of their education and peer relationships. Acton Heroes learn to think independently, take responsibility and embrace challenge. They are being prepared to bring their own unique genius to the world.

We believe in the power of apprenticeships. Our learners obtain summer internships in a field they are passionate about. Acton Heroes have interned with doctors, entrepreneur bakers, plumbers, attorneys, and graphic designers. What will your child choose?

We encourage our Heroes to develop personal virtues such as honesty, hard work, responsibility, kindness, and empathy. Armed with purpose and good character, we believe our learners will launch into adulthood prepared to find their calling and change the world.


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Our Promise To Your Child

We believe each of our Heroes 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.

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Begin a Hero's Journey.

Learn to be a curious, independent lifelong learner.

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

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

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


If You'd Like To Learn More About Our Story, Get A FREE Copy Of The Book Courage To Grow

Courage to Grow - Laura A. Sandefer

"Acton is one of the most important education developments in the world. The story behind the ideas, the school, and the movement is a must-read."

Tom Van der Ark
CEO of Getting Smart

Our Heroes Build Small Businesses From the Ground-Up

Watch The Video To Learn About Our Business Fair

Ask about the Children's Business Fair open to all children regardless of membership!
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Need To Know MORE About What Acton Can Do For Your Child?

At Acton, We Meet In "Studios" Because Our Children Are Learning Through Movement, Exploration, And Hands-On Activities. Find Out How Our Learning Design Can Help Your Child Reach Their Full Potential.


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Explorer Studio

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Apprentice Studio

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Game Changer Studio

Ages 5 to 8
Sparks Studio offers a safe, caring, and warm environment where young children thrive.

Ages 9 to 11
The Explorer Studio is a magical environment where children learn at their own pace. 

Ages 12 to 14
We believe in the education of the whole person—inside and outside of the studio.

Ages 14+
Would you prefer a traditional high school or the adventure of a lifetime?


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.


Contact Us

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

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