Meet The Andersons
A FOUNDING FAMILY WHO WAS ON A JOURNEY TO FIND A BETTER SCHOOL OPTION FOR THEIR SON HERE IN LINCOLN
This is an open letter penned by Tori Anderson to prospective parents after her family discovered Acton Academy.
When we found Acton Academy Lincoln we were on a journey to find something different for our oldest son. He had done private school for kindergarten and then public school for first grade. Each year we were told he was a good kid but just wasn’t doing the things he was asked to do. We were seeing a completely different and curious kid that would come home from school defeated and upset. Even going to the library and checking out books at school wasn’t enjoyable to him. He had a perfect idea of what books he wanted but was told he had to do one fiction and one non fiction when all he wanted was non fiction books.
When COVID hit we, along with everyone else, were forced to become the teacher for our kids. But Elijah struggled. It’s not that he didn’t want to do the work but it’s that he didn’t want to do it in the way they had set up. He knew the answers. He could pass the tests and do the homework. He was just bored. But once we loosened the reigns and let him make his schedule and follow his lead he began to become the curious little boy we knew he was. He spent hours learning about the seven wonders of the world, exploring how to build things, and learning about the ins and outs of large semi trucks.
The first thing I heard was 'we believe all kids are geniuses and will change the world' — I cried. That was something we believed about him but just didn’t know how to cultivate in the school setting we had chosen for him.
Then enter Acton Academy. The first thing I heard was “we believe all kids are geniuses and will change the world” — I cried. That was something we believed about him but just didn’t know how to cultivate in the school setting we had chosen for him. We see Elijah thriving in Acton—not because of the freedom but because the box he was told he had to fit into will be removed and he can be anything he wants to be. It will be hard work, he knows that, but he’s ready! He’s eager to start and learn anything he can get his hands on!