A Day at Slope School

A day in the Slope School studio is creativity within constraints: large blocks of time for work and play with clear but broad guardrails, equipping young people to manage their time, set goals, and track progress.

Time management decisions are simple at first – which book to read or which Montessori work to do. But young people earn more freedom and responsibility as they demonstrate their readiness, eventually earning the flexible and transparent work environment of great tech companies.

Step into a day in the life at Slope School:

"My kids love going to Acton everyday because Acton is built to help them find their voice, take charge of their education, and practice collaboration and self management with a fun group of peers that is truly a community."

Daily Schedule

Each day at Slope School is broken up into work sprints with a shared purpose or goal. In a normal day:

  • Mornings are reserved for Core Skills
  • Afternoons are for hands-on Quest projects in the shoes of a real-life hero
  • 15-minute Socratic discussions bookend the work periods and provide a time to reflect, think deeply, and bond as a group
  • Plenty of time for free play and exercise throughout the day

The flexibility of the schedule is key to the learning design. Work blocks can be shuffled around based on studio needs each session. Within each work block, students choose from a broad range of work options based on their personal goals, passions, and commitments.

8:00 Drop-off / Free Time
8:30 Daily Launch (Socratic Discussion)
8:45 Core Skills
Goal setting, math, Writers' Workshop, reading, civilization discussion, "Brain Breaks" throughout
11:30 Lunch / Free Time
12:30 Quest Launch (Socratic Discussion)
12:45 Quest
Hands-on work, team-based challenges, sciences, coding, entrepreneurship, art & music, history, report on goals
2:45 Studio Maintenance
3:00 Closing Group (Socratic Discussion)
3:15 Pick-up
Our Learner-Driven Communities are run mostly by our students, where closely connected families of lifelong learners are bound by clear covenants; and “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”

Learner-Driven Community

​Slope School is a Learner-Driven Community – a new model of organizational design that equips young people to carry real leadership weight from an early age. Simply put, they learn to build a 21st-century organization by running their own.

  • Students create and sign a Contract of Promises describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.
  • Mentor teams encourage younger and older students to listen, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.
  • Servant Leader Badges celebrate character development and completing leadership challenges.