an acton academy | ada, mi

What if learning could be an exciting Journey?

Let’s face it: school is boring. But learning shouldn’t be! That’s why we re-imagined “school” to meet what each individual learner needs and what the 21st century demands.



We equip heroes to find their unique calling and excel in a rapidly changing world.

More than ever, parents in Grand Rapids and West Michigan are looking for a better educational option for their children. From our Montessori-based Kindergarten to upper studio apprenticeships, we are reimagining what 21st century education can be.



We’re a blend of the best of the old and the new – a community one-room schoolhouse, like those that built America, fused with the best of modern technology and 21st century organizational design.

At Journey, each hero learns real-life skills and advances at their own pace through hand-on projects and world-class technology.


Learning at Journey


We believe young people are capable of much more than the tasks traditional schools force on them. By challenging learners to independently set and attain personal learning goals, they take control of their learning journeys, push themselves out of their comfort zones, and build internal drive.


At Journey, our learners have the opportunity to learn at their own pace, allowing them to excel quickly in areas of strength and take the time to learn thoroughly before moving on in others. This allows each student to continually be challenged by their work. They showcase their mastery by earning badges, assembling portfolios, and leading a public exhibition of their work.


We seek powerful questions, employ problems from – and places in – the real world to launch projects and nurture innovation through creative problem solving.


We seek challenges, address problems and face fears looking to overcome and grow academically, spiritually and relationally.


We follow the ultimate hero Jesus, centering our practices on Him while hospitably making room for others to come and learn with us.