Laura Sandefer

At Acton Academy, we have long range vision.

We aren’t teaching to a test, or merely aiming to get your child into college.

We envision the long haul:  your child growing into a life rich with transformational learning, courageous problem-solving, intimate relationships and meaningful work.

This learning journey is neither linear nor quick and easy.

While much is unpredictable along the way, we do make these promises to you, our customers:

You and your child will:

  • Begin a Hero’s Journey
  • Learn to be curious, become independent learners 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.

Each week we ask you to give us feedback on how we are doing. We ask you to hold us to these promises. If we stray, the weekly survey can be your tap on our shoulder to get back on track.

Co-founder and Chief Encourager for Acton Academy


Laura Sandefer is an author and the co-founder of Acton Academy, a school whose learner-driven model is spreading across the globe with over 130 locations in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Malaysia and more, and in 2019 is celebrating 10 years of letting children take learning into their owns hands.

Acton Academy bases their model of learning on the Hero’s Journey: a story pattern common in ancient myths and modern day adventures in which a hero goes on an adventure, wins a victory and comes home transformed. Children at Acton Academy know why they are being challenged to learn — they are on their own Hero’s Journey to find their passion in life.

Acton Academy and Sandefer have been featured in the Austin American Statesman, Inc., Forbes, National Review, Huffington Post and more. Sandefer has a bachelor of arts and masters of education degrees from Vanderbilt University. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children and three dogs.