Acton Academy Omaha

Empower Your Child To Fulfill Their Dreams

At Acton Academy Omaha, we help our PK-8 students create their own path to success by developing the real world skills and character traits that matter most.

Real World Skills

Tailored Learning

Growing Character

Is Your Child’s Education Setting Them Up For Success?


More than ever, parents in Omaha, Nebraska are looking for alternative, independent - private school options to provide the best education for their children. From our Montessori based Kindergarten to High School apprenticeships, we are reimagining 21st century education.

Our Micro-School exists to empower character-filled human beings for life. Our graduates will be the next generation of leaders with a strong sense of self, their unique gifts and the skills to impact others!

We offer a truly different approach to school. We move beyond the traditional tools of lectures, homework, high-stakes tests, and grades. At our top-rate microschool, students pre K-12 learn in collaborative classrooms of multi-age learners. Our flexible approach challenges each student with their differentiated learning plan and inspires them through real-world projects.

3 Ways Learning Is Different Here

It’s Student-Led

We empower kids to own their learning. No homework here. Instead, we help students set goals, manage their time, and work at their own pace on core subjects, while engaging in hands-on projects in science, art, and technology. This is authentic learning, not focused on passing tests or memorizing facts.

Focused On The Real World

We believe students learn by doing. Whether it’s launching a startup business, playing an instrument, or programming a robot in their summer apprenceship, our students are building real world skills every day, paving the way for them to succeed in the future.

Guided, Not Taught

Learning should reflect the unique personality and interests of the learner. Instead of boring lectures, our Guides lead small groups, helping students set goals and discover their own learning path. With small groups, caring adults, and lots of freedom, kids are empowered to learn.

Why We Started A School

My life has been transformed as I’ve learned to embrace my life as a growth journey of mastery, letting go of the achievement-based, perfectionistic mindset nurtured by my traditional school environment. To embrace failure instead of run from it; to focus on developing the internal habits and mindset that leads to extraordinary results- not the achievements themselves. Finding a learning environment that would nurture this innovative, entrepreneurial and purposeful mindset in my children became as important to me as the air I breathe.

Discovering Acton Academy was a powerful moment. Excitement, passion, and a hint of nervousness flooded me. I found what I was looking for. A school that nurtures this mindset, not just in lip-service, but in the design of every system and model it is built on. A rich learning environment for young Heroes to build a strong, internal foundation, allowing them to persevere and rise above the storms of life- finding their calling and living fully alive.

My calling became clear; it is time to build this community in Omaha. As we all choose this Hero’s Journey, our young Heroes will discover that they, too, are capable of much more than they ever dreamed of. Watch out- as they embrace this mindset and journey for themselves, they most certainly WILL change the world!

Rachel & Chris Benson

What We Focus On

It’s About People

The quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life. So we focus on inspiring students to develop real friendships, a sense of personal accountability, and standing strong in their convictions even as you respect others around you.

Character Is Destiny

Character really matters. The right skillset combined with character is a recipe for long-term success. Skills without character are a recipe for disaster. That’s why we believe in developing meaningful skills AND character.

Solve Big Problems

Don’t think small. There are countless big problems in the world, and we need people of vision and courage willing to tackle them. We encourage big dreams and big vision and teach the skills to accomplish those dreams.

Get Back Up

Be gritty. Everybody fails sometimes, but the determined person who gets back up and tries again (and again) is the person who succeeds in their ambitions. It’s OK to fall. Get back up and try again.

We Have What It Takes

We’re better together. We appreciate the perspective of others and realize that we are stronger as a team and community. We teach students to lead by listening and loving our neighbors so that now and forever, they can work together with the person beside them.

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Our Active Learning Model

We believe there are 3 critical “C’s” that help learners build the knowledge, character, and skill they need to be their best, and we structure everything we do to maximize them.

Core Skills

Core skills means mastering foundational subjects (like reading and math) at your own pace. Instead of emphasizing standardized testing or grades, we focus on cultivating a love of learning through hands-on subject work (including using adaptive software) and small group work. It’s learning how to learn, a vital skill for the rest of life.


Collaboration means developing socially and emotionally, through work and play, within age groups and across ages. Students are empowered to solve problems, set goals, share ideas in group settings, work as a team, meet individual and group deadlines, and both serve and lead. Learners set themselves up for successful collaboration in the future.


Creating means taking the time to make stuff with our hands. We focus on projects leading to tangible results, without worrying about perfection. Building something is a journey of discovery, where you can learn as much from your failures as you can from successes. It’s process over results, as students learn to build things that matter.

The Right Environment For Every Stage Of Learning

Learning is a journey, and each of our four Learning Communities provide an environment where our learners can uncover their unique strengths, develop real world skills, and grow their individual character.

See Learning In Action

3 Steps To New Education

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See our learning environment first hand, and get all your questions answered.

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Once you know we’re a fit, our enrollment process is a snap, and easy to get started.

Enjoy School!

Send your kids to a place where they’ll love learning the things that really matter.

Help Your Child Build Their Future.

Montessori-Inspired Studio

PK/K/1st grade (ages 3-7)

In our Montessori-Inspired Studio, children ages 3-7 learn through specially designed hands-on materials and lots of outdoor play. Guides help model skills to students, then give them the freedom to learn at their own pace and from peers across age ranges. Our focus is educating the whole child, including physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally, and tailoring everything to individual needs. Our learners develop core academic skills as well as leadership and good character, both individually and in community.

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Elementary Studios

Our Elementary Studios are a vibrant mix of hands-on projects, cutting-edge technology, and self-paced academic mastery. Students are surrounded by a close-knit group of peers, and on any given day they could be building racing prototypes in our Makerspace, doing outdoor activities in the wild, or having a Socratic discussion about history. Each student has the freedom to learn in an environment that challenges them to be excellent while respecting their unique gifts.

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Middle School

Middle School is where young people rapidly start owning their education. Middle school is the perfect time to develop intellect and character while gaining a deeper sense of self and the real world. Students have a broad palette of topics to study and pair in-depth academic exploration with real-world connections to experts and local apprenticeships. Middle School is about deepening a passion for individual subjects while broadening your understanding of yourself and your future.

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High School

Our high school is designed to help you find your passions and achieve your goals. What do you want to do?

  1. Go to college?
  2. Start your own business?
  3. Launch a nonprofit?
  4. Take a gap year?
  5. Learn a trade or specific technology skill?
  6. Start a job after high school?
  7. Join the military?

As a micro-school, we are flexible and adaptable and capable of customizing each student’s high school learning experience. Working in tightly-knit teams of 10-15 students and our Guide staff, Acton students explore everything from the sciences to art to robotics and coding to advanced and college credit courses. No test, no grades, no homework, just real-world lessons leading to real-world success. This is 21st-century learning.