Your child is destined to be a world-changer

Acton Academy Merrimack Valley inspires young heroes to discover and grow their unique gifts and strengths-because the world needs them.

A 21st century school in the Merrimack Valley Region of New Hampshire

We believe that each young person who enters our doors is a hero destined to change the world.

Acton Academy Merrimack Valley is part of the Acton Academy network –a network of true learner-driven micro schools started in Austin in 2009– and considered by many to be a leading model of K-12 innovation in the United States.

We believe it is the most nurturing, deep-learning, student-centered learning environment in the world, and we're thrilled to share it with intentional families in our community.

Acton Academy Merrimack Valley serves families from Hillsborough, Henniker, Antrim, Weare, Washington, Windsor, Deering, Bradford, Warner, Hopkinton, Contoocook, Concord, Dunbarton, Bow, as well as Hillsborough County and Merrimack County and the surrounding areas.

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At Acton Academy Merrimack Valley, we believe that learning to do, learning to be, and learning to learn are more important than memorization alone – learning to know.

What Makes Acton Academy Merrimack Valley Different?


  • Rows of desks and a teacher at the blackboard
  • Memorization and testing of rules and facts
  • Report card measures your success
  • One teacher lectures to many students
  • Worksheets just like our grandparents used
  • School like a factory with bells, shifts, and one-size-fits-all

Acton Academy Merrimack Valley

  • Work collaboratively like at Google or Facebook
  • Learn real skills and apply them in projects
  • Set personalized goals then transparently track progress
  • Everyone's a teacher; everyone's a student
  • Professional tools for art, engineering, and storytelling; Cutting-edge adaptive tech for Core Skills
  • School like a journey, with big goals, mentors, tools, and a destination you care about
“Our daughter is absolutely thriving at Acton Academy. She is taking ownership over her education - learning how to prioritize, focus, and accomplish goals. We couldn't be happier with the education, community, and values of Acton Academy.”

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