In Latin, Solvit means "to free, to set sail, and to solve." Those translations capture exactly what we will empower our Voyagers to do. We want them to have freedom so they can learn to manage themselves. We want them to set sail on their own hero's journey. And lastly, we want them to approach any obstacle or problem with the mindset and confidence to "solve it." Solvit Academy is part of the Acton Academy network, a wildly successful and revolutionary approach to education that has spread to hundreds of locations all over the world in just a few short years. This short video provides an overview of how the Acton network is disrupting education.
WHY DID WE START SOLVIT?
As the parents of two young girls, we have been thinking about education a lot recently. We attended public school, currently live in a good school district, and have confidence that our girls would do fine in that setting. Should we settle for "fine," though? We've heard about the excessive homework and standardized tests that start in the early elementary years. Will this approach adequately prepare our children for a successful, fulfilling life in the 21st century?
As we began searching for answers to these questions, we came across Courage to Grow by Laura Sandefer, Acton Academy Co-Founder. We were intrigued by the innovative school that she and her husband, Jeff, started 10 years ago in Austin, Texas. Instead of an institution, school is viewed as a community of learners who are each on their own "Hero's Journey." The standards are extremely high and nothing short of excellence is acceptable. Success is not about completing worksheets or memorizing facts to pass a test. The goals for students are simple and bold: find a calling and change the world. We needed to see this for ourselves, so we traveled to Austin and visited the school in February of 2019. We were blown away.
We saw six-year-old students setting daily goals for themselves and managing their own time without teacher involvement. We saw them confront each other with maturity and tact. We saw middle school students starting their day with deep philosophical discussions about identity and the pressures to conform as teenagers. By the afternoon, they were competing in a "Top Chef" style chemistry cook off. They were learning how to prepare a gourmet breakfast while simultaneously explaining atoms, elements, molecules, and chemical reactions. We met high school students taking college biology online, leaving campus to do real world apprenticeships, and then returning to mentor the younger students.
We knew that this was the experience we wanted for our girls, so we decided to start our own Acton affiliate school here in Lancaster, PA. If you are interested in going on this journey with us, we would love to hear from you.
Melissa and Dave Groff
PROMISES AND BELIEFS
OUR PROMISES TO YOUR CHILD
He or she 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 mysteries of life on Earth
Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems
We believe each child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way
We believe in a closely connected family of learners
We believe in learning to learn, learning to do, and learning to be
We believe in economic, religious, and political freedom