Acton Academy Durham is a K-8 Independent school that uses an innovative project-based approach to prepare students for the 21st century. We equip students with the skills, experiences, and tools to passionately pursue academic excellence and change the world.

We believe that a 21st Century Education looks different.



Our Story

Children are not standard and average. Yet, in most schools every child is expected to learn every subject at the same time in the same way as all other children. Let that sink in for a minute. Seems totally crazy, right? Learning and testing shouldn’t be standardized any more than our children are.

These four boys inspired Danielle and Jay to say, “There must be a better way!” After years of frustration with traditional schools, they decided to build a school that takes a unique, different, and developmentally appropriate approach to education and learning.