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How much does each program cost? What are the payment options?

Families apply to the respective program(s) that meets the needs of their children. Upon acceptance of your application, to the selected program, a non-refundable $1,000 application fee (per child) is due within 7 days, the $1,000 fee will be credited towards your total program cost.

The Learner Driven Studio and Leadership Studio cost $4,400 per child, per year, families may pay in full by September 1 or make two payments of $1700 due in full by September 1 and again by January 1. The Discovery Studio is $3,900 per child, per year, families may pay in full by September 1 or make two payments of $1,450 due in full by September 1 and again by January 1.

Returning Acton of the Rubies’ families are offered a reduced non-refundable application fee to secure their child’s spot in subsequent studio years. The overall program cost is still $4,400 per child for the Learner Driven & Leadership Studios and $3,900 per child for the Discovery Studio.

We can accommodate payments via PayPal. However, a 2.5% Convenience Fee will be charged to cover our processing fees.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

The average cost of most Acton Academies is roughly $10,000 per student per year. At Acton of the Rubies, our program fees are less than half of that at $4400 per student per year for the Learner Driven and Leadership Studios. Instead of offering a small discount for siblings, we have priced our programs as inexpensively as possible from the beginning.

Will I get a refund if I decide Acton of the Rubies doesn’t work for my family?

The initial $1,000 application fee is non-refundable. Refunds will be given on a by session basis, once the session begins no refund will be given for the current session. Refunds will be given on sessions prepaid that have not begun, at a rate of 75% of the program cost.

What age range do you accept at Acton of the Rubies?

We are currently accepting students ages 5-6 for the Discovery Studio (formerly the Homeschool Kit), ages 7-12 (or those who have completed the Discovery Studio content) in our Learner Driven Studio, and ages 12-14 in our Leadership Studio.

Will I have to register my child as homeschooled with my local school district?

First and foremost, parents are the director of their child’s education. Acton of the Rubies is a non profit youth group providing educational resources to the community and homeschooling families. We are not a private school and will not pursue being recognized as a private school by the State of Nevada. As per the Nevada Revised Statutes all families homeschooling must fill out and file the Intent to Homeschool form with the Elko County School District (or your local school district in Nevada) before the child’s seventh birthday. If you live outside of Nevada please consult your local, county, and state laws in regards to homeschooling. The Nevada Homeschool Network is an excellent resource for homeschooling families, please see their Intent to Homeschool form here.

Please read through this information carefully, please understand Acton of the Rubies is not a school, we are strictly a tool and/or resource for homeschooling families. Parents of homeschooled children provide “grades, credits, and diplomas” to their children upon completion of their homeschooling journey, Acton of the Rubies does not.

How long is Acton of the Rubies in session each year?

We operate on a ten month calendar, but our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.

What is the yearly calendar?

Acton of the Rubies runs ten months a year, typically with four to seven week sessions followed by a week off. We operate three days per week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00am drop off to 3:00pm pick up (1:00pm for the Discovery Studio). Please see the 2020-2021 calendar by clicking here.

What is an “independent learner”?

Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don’t know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.

Why do you focus on teaching the "American Experiment"?

By focusing on the American Experiment in our study of history, we aim to teach the value of liberty and justice as the ideals for the human experience. This is not a political agenda in the least. It is about freedom of speech and religion and the value of free markets to help bring about the opportunity for prosperity. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them. These concepts will then be applied to real world projects. Our graduates will have a working understanding of these ideas. This does not mean we will NOT study other cultures and forms of government. We will. And the students can discover for themselves why America is unique.

What do you mean by “Every child can change the world?”

We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.

How do you measure how a child is progressing at Acton of the Rubies?

Parents may measure student progress in several different ways. Parents of homeschooled children provide grades, credits, and diplomas to their children upon completion of their homeschooling journey, Acton of the Rubies does not.

  1. Eagles set Daily, Weekly, and Session goals between the student and the Guides.
  2. Eagles and Guides utilize robust real-time data for each of our online learning tools. At any given time both parents and Guides can find out exactly what their student is learning. It easily allows us to track progress, identify areas of struggle and close any learning gaps. The staff is alerted if a student gets anymore than 2 wrong in a row. Having a small class size, we are able to work one on one with the student to make sure that we can close gaps and help them master the skill. The web based programs don’t allow the student to move on to the next skill until it has been mastered.
  3. At Acton of the Rubies we utilize individual paper portfolios where each student showcases and adds their best work. We can measure their growth in things such as History, Writer’s Workshops, and any Quest projects we have.
Is Acton of the Rubies like Montessori?

Acton of the Rubies uses the best of Montessori methods: mixed-age classrooms, student choice within limits, large blocks of work time, learning through “discovery,” and freedom of movement in the classroom. Then we go two important steps further by using the best 21st century eLearning tools and adhering to the Socratic method of instruction which emphasizes asking and answering the right questions to stimulate critical thinking. Our Eagles don’t just memorize facts, they learn how to know, learn how to do, and learn how to be.

Is Acton of the Rubies Accredited?

We are accredited by the International Association of Learner Driven Schools. This is a private accreditation, which is not recognized by the State of Nevada.

IALDS Certificate

Do You Serve Special Needs Children?

We are not trained or staffed to serve children with serious learning disabilities, special needs, or who need specialized attention. If you are interested in Acton of the Rubies and believe it is a great fit for your family, please inquire and we will personally assess your unique situation and the fit of your young learner.

Are you part of a Chain or Franchise?

We are not a franchise or chain. Acton of the Rubies is an independent homeschooling resource, part of an affiliate network that finds it’s inspiration and receives mentorship from the founding Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. Our network of affiliates are passionate about revolutionizing education, pursuing best practices, and have agreed to protect a learner driven environment. Each affiliate follows their own methods in keeping with these commitments and vary based on the leadership at each school and community they serve.