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.

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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.

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

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 three programs, the Discovery Studio,
Learner Driven Studio and the Leadership Studio.

Acton of the Rubies is here to provide the homeschool community three amazing options, the Discovery Studio (formerly the Homeschool Kit), the Learner Driven Studio, and the Leadership Studio. With each studio, be confident your children will experience learning like never before. We operate on a ten-month calendar, from September through June.

Discovery Studio (Homeschool Kit)

The Discovery Studio (formerly the Homeschool Kit) 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. This new and innovative approach will equip young heroes to explore their passions and become self-directed learners.

The Discovery Studio uses Montessori style methods and materials for all Core Skills (reading, writing, math, and spelling). This studio will be equipped with a maker space to promote learning, creativity, and movement.

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

Learner Driven Studio

The Learner Driven Studio is for children ages 7-12, or those that have completed all of the work in the Discovery Studio. 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.)
  • Maker Space projects
  • Lots of nature, fun, and outdoor play whenever the weather lets us!
  • Acton Academy Journey Tracker™
  • Hero’s Journey
  • Portfolio development
  • Opportunities for family time, travel and learning
  • Exhibitions, Family Events, Field Trips, and the Acton Children’s Business Fair
  • Mentorship opportunities

Leadership Studio Box

The Leadership Studio is for heroes ages 12-14. This studio 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.)
  • Eagles will be free to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.
  • Acton Academy Journey Tracker™
  • Hero’s Journey
  • Portfolio development
  • Apprenticeships
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Exhibitions, Family Events, Field Trips, and the Acton Children’s Business Fair
  • Opportunities for family time, travel and learning



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 Heguy is the Founder and Guide for Acton of the Rubies in Elko, NV. Angie is the Director of Operations for two real estate investment groups. She also raises beef, horses, dogs and her two children with her husband on their family ranch near Elko, NV.

Joe Heguy


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.

Ajeet Milliard

Lead Guide

Ajeet is a mother, friend, geologist and winter-loving individual. Born in Oregon and raised in various locations within the state, she grew to appreciate new experiences, places and, particularly, the beauty of the Earth. She spent several years in early-adulthood exploring the life of a skier and rock climber before deciding geology might be a worthwhile venture in college. In 2008 she graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's degree in Geology, followed by a Master's Degree in Structural Geology in 2011 from the same institution. After spending a couple of years in the metals industry she decided she did not yet understand enough about geology and returned to the University of Nevada, Reno for a Doctorate in Economic Geology. For Ajeet, it is the enjoyment of learning, rather than the paper on the wall that has kept her in formal education for so long. Since becoming a mother in 2013, her focus has shifted from understanding how to learn herself to, "how do I teach my children to learn and be stellar humans who find their calling earlier than their 30's?". It is through this desire that she found Acton of the Rubies and has put her whole heart into helping young people learn how they learn and how to lead themselves on their own Hero's Journey. 

Our Advisors

Laura Sandefer


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


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

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