The Acton Academy mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.
Begin a Hero’s Journey.
Learn to be curious, become an independent learner and love life-long learning.
Discover your most precious gifts, along with the dedication it takes to develop real talent.
Understand the importance of a strong character.
Cherish the arts, the wonders of the physical world and the mystery of life.
Treasure economic, political and religious freedom.
We believe each child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way.
We believe in learning by knowing, learning by doing and learning by being.
We believe in a closely connected family of lifelong learners.
We believe in economic, religious, and political freedom.
We believe that CLEAR THINKING leads to good decisions, that good decisions lead to the right habits, that the right habits lead to a strong character and that a strong character becomes YOUR DESTINY.
Head of School
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".
Middle School Guide
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 Entrepreneurship 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.
Serving as an Apprentice Guide and Lead Project Guide I learned deep problem solving, communication and conflict resolution skills that I couldn’t have learned anywhere else. My advice to anyone considering Acton Academy is to trust the Eagles, be prepared to fail often, and be humble enough to learn from your mistakes."
My advice to future Apprentice Guides? You need a curious mind, the patience to allow young heroes to find their own answers and an unwavering belief that each every person has a spark of genius that can change the world.”
It is an amazing to see a young person transformed from a structured told-what-to-do student to an entirely independent learner, fully responsible for their own Hero’s Journey in life."
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