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Empowered Curiosity
Infinite Potential

An Innovative Non-Profit Private School serving children in
preschool-7th grade in Cary, NC


ENROLLING NOW for 2024-25

Education Reimagined

21st Century Education That Fosters 

Holistic Development Through Lifelong Learning

The Ethos School is an affiliate of the global Acton Academy network founded in 2009. Acton Academy draws upon best practices of education, leadership, psychology, philosophy, and business from around the world to reimagine what education looks likes. We wholly embrace the true root word of education - "exducere" - and seek to draw out the unique natural gifts and infinite potential of each child.

 

We have founded The Ethos School to nurture children to find their calling and prepare them to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

We do this by challenging them to take ownership of their learning and to practically apply it by solving complex real-world problems using critical thinking, curiosity, collaboration, and confidence. 

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING + AUTHENTIC MONTESSORI 

SOCRATIC GUIDANCE + VALUE-BASED ENVIRONMENT

We consider this to be the best way to nurture a holistic, character-rooted, and child-led educational environment. We are thrilled to share it with intentional families in our community.

OUR HOLISTIC APPROACH

Clear thinking leads to good decisions,

Good decisions lead to the right habits,

Right habits lead to strong character,

Strong character becomes fulfilled purpose

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LEARN TO LEARN

Authentic Montessori classroom, Socratic Discussions, and self-paced challenges equip children to be independent and curious lifelong learners

LEARN TO DO

Hands-on Project-Based Learning for Science, Entrepreneurship, and the Arts prepare children for apprenticeships and real world challenges

LEARN TO BE

Character growth via accountability to a community and empowering children on their Hero’s Journey, which transforms difficult decisions into virtuous habits

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CHANGE YOURSELF, CHANGE THE WORLD

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."

Patanjali (Father of Yoga)

A School For The Whole Family

WHY WE STARTED A SCHOOL

We wanted better than good, we wanted the unthinkable:
Extraordinary, experiential education steeped in intentionality to prepare our children for the world of today and tomorrow.

Cultivating Intellectual, Ethical, and Consciously Aware
Global Citizens

SELF-PACED LEARNING

Ignite Curious Minds

GROWING CHARACTER

Awaken Courageous Identity

REAL-WORLD SKILLS

Engage A Changing World

What Makes Learning Come To Life At Ethos?

CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL

THE ETHOS SCHOOL

Single-aged classroom with rows of desks and teacher at the front of the room

Multi-age collaborative environments

One-size fits all curriculum and pacing with report cards

Individualized goals and learning plans with transparent progress tracking

Homework, textbooks, worksheets

Hands-on Montessori materials and latest in adaptive technology

Primary focus on academic development with memorization of information for tests

Focuses on the whole child: social, emotional, academic, and physical growth

Teacher makes the rules

School like a journey with big goals, guides, and a goal you care about

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Embark on a 
Hero's Journey of
Self-Discovery

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Is Your Family Ready For Your Next Adventure?

We look forward to getting to know your family!

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Hear From Other Acton Academy Parents

Our 8 year old boy who hated all things school now LOVES school and wants it to be a 24 hour school. The love of learning alone is enough to make sending him there worth it, but he is learning so much more than that. The character traits they are building will be more valuable in his life than we could possibly imagine right now.

Candi

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Ethos School admits learners of any race, gender, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender expression, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

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