Freedom To Grow

We are a Learner-Driven Academy for Kindergarten to Middle School students in San Jose, California.

We believe that each child has the potential to change the world

This inherent potential within a person is Tej. In Sanskrit, Tej is the power to illuminate and exude radiance to conquer “darkness”. At Tej Acton Academy we strive for learners to discover their Tej and cultivate values such as brilliance, courage, curiosity, self-respect, gratitude, and diligence. 

True education should provide each child the freedom and systems to discover this potential, and a strong community to support such efforts. It should bring out the best in us; in mind, heart, and character.

Tej Acton Academy joins a growing network of more than 200 accredited Acton Academies worldwide, building on the success of the original Acton Academy in Austin, Texas.

What if...

What if education cultivated strong character and self-respect?

What if our children learned, not out of fear of tests, but out of love for learning?

What if our children looked at failure as an opportunity?

What if our children are capable of far more than we ever imagined?

Our Mission

To Inspire Each Person Who Enters Our Doors To Embark On A Journey Of Self-Discovery That Will Change The World

Learning For Mastery & Character

Self-Directed Learning

With a focus on mastery, and not pace, each child sets and pursues their own learning goals with the assistance of a Guide.


Core skill mastery is demonstrated through achieving goals, earning badges, and showcasing portfolios at the exhibition that takes place at the end of each session.


Asking hard questions & taking risks through daily Socratic discussions and Quests turns clear thinking into decisions and habits that forge character.


Projects, Socratic discussions, and wellness activities help children foster deeper relationships and new perspectives amongst supportive and engaged peers.

What Makes Us Unique

  • No Assigned Homework
  • Portfolios rather than grades
  • Academic Excellence through mastery
  • focus on discovering a calling
  • character matters
  • No Lectures – Only Socratic Guiding
  • Travel Is Encouraged
  • latest interactive technology
  • learner-driven community
  • self-paced learning with guardrails
  • Systems To Set Goals & Accountability
  • Hands-On Learning For 21st Century Skills
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Mixed Age Classrooms

Would You Like To Learn More?

We know that choosing an educational facility for your child can be a daunting and somewhat difficult decision. We would welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you have on a one-to-one phone call, or we can arrange a time for you to take an in-person small group tour of Tej Acton Academy.

Turning Learning Upside Down

⟫ Sal Khan

Founder, Khan Academy; MIT, Harvard University

⟫ Acton Academy

Main Campus

⟫ Sugata Mitra


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