Arrow Academy is a new school opening for in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year in Naperville, IL. We are a PreK-8 private Montessori-inspired microschool based on the original Acton Academy, founded in Austin, Texas in 2009. Arrow Academy is a learner-driven community with the mission that each person who enters its doors will find a calling and change the world. We combine elements of the Montessori method with Socratic guiding, hands-on experiential quests and interactive technology. Underlying our method is an application of the Hero’s Journey creating a lively learning environment that feels more like an adventure than school.
At Arrow, we have mixed-aged classrooms called studios with a self-paced learning design as opposed to grade-levels. Our real world-oriented quests culminate in a public exhibition of learning as opposed to test scores and report cards. In all areas of Acton life, our students are empowered to be in the driver’s seat of their learning.