A letter from Samantha Jansky and Janita Lavani
Founders of Ascent: An Acton Academy
During our many years of serving families at the original Acton Academy campus, we have had the honor of witnessing how this revolutionary model of education changes lives in the most profound ways. Between us, we have worked at Acton Academy for eleven years, several of which have been spent working as a team. In that time we have developed a balanced partnership, applying our unique skill sets and experiences to help empower young heroes who consistently defy expectations and reinspire us on a daily basis. We have both found our callings as Socratic Guides, believing deeply that young people should have agency in their learning and that they are to be trusted and respected. Our mission in spreading this model and starting a campus in Central Austin, is to equip more young people in Texas with the skills they need to seek meaning in their lives, to become independent learners, and to become globally-minded critical thinkers.
Acton is an idea so powerful that it has permeated well beyond the original campus. There are now 100 locations around the globe, encouraging all who have participated to say “yes” to the calling of a Hero’s Journey and to fully engage with this unique educational philosophy. Our wonderful city is always growing and evolving to meet the demands of modern society. In keeping with the virtues of our community, we too will meet the ever changing demands of our city with more opportunity. We are honored to fill this growing need.