An Innovative Elementary Education Program in Elko, NV

Established 2018.

Our Learner Driven Community puts children at the center of their learning, allowing them to create and maintain personal goals and relational covenants where “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”

At Acton of the Rubies, children focus on developing ESTEAM. (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture & Arts, Math) skills. through experiential learning, quests and enrichment activities.

Our promises to your child

They will:

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

Our Methods of Learning

Learn to know
Socratic Guiding

Socratic Discussions and self paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners.

Learn to know
eLearning

We use the latest in educational technology in a purposeful, meaningful way, allowing students to learn at their own ability level and at their own pace.

Learn to do
Hands-on & Quest-based learning

Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.

Learn to be
Student-driven learning

Children become empowered learners through a democratic environment in which they have choice and voice in the learning process.

We offer two programs, the Learner Driven Studio
or the Homeschool Kit/Discovery Studio.

Acton of the Rubies is here to provide the homeschool community two amazing options, the Learner Driven Studio or the Homeschool Kit. Whichever option is best for your family, be confident your children will experience learning like never before. We operate on a ten month calendar, from September through June.

Learner Driven Studio


The Learner Driven Studio is for children ages 7 and up, or those that have completed the Homeschool Kit. It is a one-room studio with 21st century technology using:

  • Montessori style methods
  • Socratic discussions
  • Personalized independent focus on core skills (reading, writing, and math) with the latest in educational game based software
  • Collaborative quests for project based learning (sciences, civilization, art, etc.)
  • Acton Academy Journey Tracker™
  • Hero’s Journey
  • Portfolio development
  • Opportunities for family time, travel and learning

Homeschool Kit/Discovery Studio


The Homeschool Kit/Discovery Studio is for 5-6 year olds. This program is specifically designed for the parents to help lay the foundation for their children’s education and encourage a life-long love of learning. With complete flexibility of schedule this new and innovative approach to homeschooling will equip young heroes to explore their passions and become self directed learners.

The Homeschool Kit includes Montessori style methods and materials for all Core Skills (reading, writing, math, and spelling).

This approach allows for a personalized independent focus on learning as well as access to the exclusive Acton Academy Journey Tracker. The Homeschool Kit provides opportunities for family time, flexibility of schedule, and networking with like-minded families.

JOY + RIGOR + GRIT = MASTERY

Joy

Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Mastery requires commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.

What sets us apart

  • Small studio size
  • Mixed-age studio
  • Independent thinking
  • Strong community utilization
  • Our young heroes learn at their own pace
  • The family remains at the center of each child’s education
  • Hands-on & e-learning
  • Socratic Guiding
  • Travel is encouraged
  • Focus on Entrepreneurial skills

Acton of the Rubies students learn in a mixed age studio, bringing the classic one-room schoolhouse into the modern age. Students learn to mentor and be mentored by one another. Our Guides are not lecturers, but act as facilitators of personal growth.

Our team

Angie Heguy

Co-Founder & Guide

Angie was born a fourth generation Elko County resident and is proud her children will be the fifth generation. She attended school in Elko and college at the University of Montana, Western where she earned a BS in Business Administration. While in college Angie served on the Student Senate and was elected Student Body Vice President. Upon completing college Angie returned to Elko were she has been involved in her family's businesses and her husband's family ranch. She believes her most important career is being a mother to her two children Zoey and Alex. Entrepreneurship, independent thinking and family are why she is where she is today.

Joe Heguy

Co-Founder

Joe was also born a fourth generation Elko County resident and rancher. He grew up riding the range and raising beef, horses and dogs. Joe attended school in Elko and college at the University of Montana, Western where he earned a BA in Literature and Creative Writing. He was also a member of the UMW rodeo team. After college Joe returned to his family ranch in Elko and also participated in professional rodeo for many years. As a rancher he strives for nothing but the best in the beef industry, raising choice beef and being an excellent steward of the land. He also works as a saddle maker in his spare time. Passion for the western lifestyle, American ideals and his family are what inspire Joe.

Our Advisors

Laura Sandefer

Advisor

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

Advisor

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 Entrepeneurship 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.

Our location

Girl Scout House, 561 VFW Dr. Elko, NV

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