Family Application Process for the Acton Academy

We are delighted that you are interested in the Acton Academy West Austin. This process is designed to make sure that we are the right school to serve the life-long learning needs for your child and your family. We recognize that we ask you to dedicate time and thought to the process. Families who are thriving in our community often share that they truly enjoyed the process, and we hope you do too.

Step One: Research and Introduction 

Review the Acton Academy West Austin website to gain a solid idea of who we are and what we are about. If you think we are a good fit for your family, then please introduce yourself by sending an email to Jayme Bynum, head of school, at  and address the following:

  • How have you been satisfied and dissatisfied with your child’s education so far?
  • What attracted you the most to our school? How did you first hear of us?
  • Please include your child’s name, birth date and your contact information.

We recommend reading at least one of the following books to gain a better understanding of Acton's inspiration and the alternative school movement: Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich; A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century by Oliver DeMille; The One World Schoolhouse by Salman Khan or the Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.

Step Two: Informal Interview

After we receive your email, we first schedule a phone call to answer any preliminary questions you may have before the informal interview. After the call, you and your family will be invited to our studio for a private tour, to discuss our learning community and how it works.  Come with lots of questions.

Step Three: The Application.

Once you feel like you have had your questions answered and are excited about joining our school, complete the application form, sign the parent contract and send to or mail to given address (You are also welcome to hand in the application and contract at the interview).

We will review the application in the order received. After ensuring we have a spot available and feel your family is a mutually good fit for the academic model and our community, we will approve the application. At that point, send in your deposit and your spot will be reserved. If you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Nondiscriminatory Policy: Acton Academy West Austin admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Acton Academy. Acton Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.