EMPOWER YOUR CHILD FOR LIFE
Arrow Academy is a PreK-8 Montessori inspired private school in Naperville, Illinois.
Arrow Academy is designed to be a "21st century one-room schoolhouse" utilizing mixed-age studios, personalized learning plans, instructional technology, mastery learning, and character and leadership education. The school and its approach to education is modeled after Acton Academy founded in Austin, Texas in 2008. Today, the Acton network has a global reach with over 270 schools (and counting) worldwide.
We invite you to explore our site and learn about our unique approach to learning and leadership Arrow Academy provides to each and every learner.
SCHOOL, AS WE KNOW IT, WAS DESIGNED IN 1893.
A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN.
WE THINK IT'S TIME FOR THE WAY WE DO SCHOOL TO CHANGE TOO.
WELCOME TO ARROW ACADEMY!
We offer a fundamentally different approach to school. Supported by the latest in technology and cognitive science, we move beyond the traditional tools of lectures, homework, high-stakes tests, and grades.
At Arrow Academy, students K-8 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.
More than ever, parents in Chicagoland are looking for alternative, independent, private school options to provide the best education for their children. Families in Naperville and the surrounding suburbs have found what they're looking for at Arrow Academy.
From our Montessori based preschool program to middle school apprenticeships, we are reimagining what a 21st Century Education can be.
SEE WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE
AT AN ACTON ACADEMY
HEROES & GENIUSES
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe every child is a genius, deserving of the respect, freedom, and space to learn about their world in their own way.
We believe every child pursues their own Hero's Journey, in which they are called to be challenged and learn important lessons that will ultimately allow them to discover their unique gifts that can change the world in a profound way.
We believe that children are capable of so much more than what is expected of them in a traditional classroom environment - that learning to be and learning to do are more important than simply learning to know.
When you join us on this adventure, we promise that your child will:
embark on their very own Hero's Journey to discover their passions.
learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
develop a comprehensive understanding of the world they live in and a deep respect for economic, political, and religious freedoms.
grow in character, developing a better sense of themselves and the people in their world.
cherish and contemplate the arts, wonders of the physical world, and the mysteries of life on earth.
discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.
SCHOOL CAN (AND SHOULD)
FEEL LIKE AN ADVENTURE
WHAT WE PROMISE
TURNING LEARNING UPSIDE DOWN
ARE YOU FRUSTRATED WITH THE OLD, TRADITIONAL EDUCATIONAL MODEL THAT TEACHES STUDENTS TO SPIT OUT FACTS AND PASS STATE-MANDATED TESTS?
It's time to take education back into your family's hands.
WHY IS ARROW ACADEMY THE BEST SCHOOL IN NAPERVILLE?
Personalized learning plans
Character and leadership education
Apprenticeships and entrepreneurship
LEARNERS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS THRIVE AT ARROW ACADEMY
HI, WE'RE THE CURTISES!
We opened a school for our children and for yours.
When we learned about Acton Academy, we knew we had to bring this school to Naperville. Acton Academy is one of the newest and most innovative (and downright coolest) school designs in the world. Each independent Acton school was founded by parents who believe there is a better way to educate their children and help other like-minded families in their community. We would love to tell you our story and learn yours.
We hope you will join us in reimagining what school can (and should) be.
Gina and Paul Curtis
DOES THIS REALLY WORK?
The model works! I love that she is learning so many important group/social dynamics and leadership skills by creating their own community norms and having to work through things themselves and deal with natural consequences. That skill set isn’t developed in traditional schools and it is highly needed in the workplace and society.
I have seen my son go from absolutely hating school to wanting to go to bed so he can go to Arrow Academy. He has found a new love for learning. He has become much more curious about everything. Whenever he talks about school now it's always "I can't wait to go back". Seeing him so happy about school is amazing.
My daughter is excited to learn again. She comes home every day motivated to want to work hard and meet her goals. It's really inspiring to see! I've also been moved by the sense of community that she already feels. Watching her take comfort in knowing older learners are looking out for her while also taking pride in being able to help younger learners is such an incredible thing to witness. This school is really special.