Our Mission is to embrace the unique qualities of each child,
encourage their natural curiosity and spirit of discovery,
inspiring them to reach their full potential.
Wonder and Joy create
the magical spark
that opens up a child's
heart to learn.
Find out what makes us
different in this short video.
"Once you discover how much children can do in an environment that dignifies, magnifies, and inspires their minds to learn, there's no going back to traditional classrooms again."
-Courage to Grow by
Our Spark Studio is for learners from 4-6 years old. It offers a safe, caring, and warm environment where young children thrive.
The studio consists of an ideal balance of indoor and outdoor opportunities for enriched learning through play and hands-on exploration, where they build skills and knowledge at their own pace.
We draw our inspiration from the schools in the highly successful municipal schools of Reggio-Emilia, Italy, and Maria Montessori's educational philosophy but we are not a Montessori school.
Our approach is specifically designed to foster a culture of respect, develop individual character, and promote student achievement.
Kindness and developing good character is a cornerstone in all we do. The social, emotional, as well as the academic life of each child, is valued and honored.
4-7 year olds
Our Elementary Studio consists of bright, open, and flexible spaces for work, learning, and play.
It is a place where learners come together to learn core skills, develop character, and life skills while having ample opportunities for collaboration, exploration, and free play in our outdoor classroom and maker's space.
Learners use hands-on materials as well as adaptive technology to build a strong foundation of core skills.
Each Studio is a tight-knit community where they learn how to set goals, work collaboratively, hold one another accountable, and love learning.
This environment fosters a culture of respect and character development.
7-12 year olds
The Middle School Studio is for learners ages 12-14 who have already proven that they able to work independently.
These learners will work on difficult real-world problems and learn to write and think more deeply.
Learners continue collaborating, building their character, and building friendships with their studio-mates who will challenge and support them through peer review of their work.
This Studio ultimately brings students to a deeper understanding of their character, while they explore their natural talents, their calling through apprenticeships, and realize their gifts; helping them discover who they are, what they are good at, and what they are meant to do. To find a calling to change the world.
12-14 year olds
We are deeply committed to connecting children with nature. We do not have a typical school playground. Instead, we have nature-rich outdoor spaces using research-based, field-tested design principles. We are now one of the 128 outdoor classrooms in the country and the only one located in Northeast Florida that has been officially recognized by Nature Explore, a nonprofit design organization whose goal is to help nature become an integral, joyful part of children's daily learning.
Our Outdoor Classroom is dynamic, nature-based play, and learning spaces.
The Acton Children's Business Fair is a free program offered to entrepreneurial families by the growing network of Acton Academy schools and the Acton MBA Program. River Oak Academy is proud to be an annual participant in this program, which creates an empowering experience that children never forget.
Young entrepreneurs first make an important decision: they hire themselves! They’ll apply through the business fair website and begin to launch their product or service. The children plan their business at every level: product, service, marketing, accounting, cost of goods, pricing, profit, etc. Through this process, children learn a sense of wonder, the importance of hard work, taking responsibility, and gaining confidence in the next challenge.
Our Promises to Your Child
Begin A Hero's Journey
Learn to be A Curious, Independent, Lifelong Learner
Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedom.
Cherish 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.