Jacqlyn & Jeff Johns, Acton ABQ Founders, and family

Our Story

My wife and I both did fine in traditional school but didn’t truly love learning until we were in our areas of passion and almost finished - so many years wasted completing useless requirements.

When it came time to choose a school for our own children, we liked the unique path of Montessori but were looking for something that would span from K-12, give them lots of real-world experience, and allow them to pursue their passion all along the way. When we heard about Acton, we knew we’d found the answer.

While planning and building Acton ABQ, I’ve interacted with over a dozen amazing and visionary leaders who are launching Acton Academy schools from California to Kuala Lumpur. We all share a common belief that our students are capable of much more than most people ever expect of them and that given the opportunity to find their own Hero’s Journey, they will engage in incredible ways, forge unique paths, and change the world.

Our Albuquerque Campus

Acton Academy ABQ is located at 3100 Menaul Blvd NE near the corner of Menaul and Carlisle

Our Team

Jeff Johns


Jacqlyn Johns


Cammy Cook

Co-Head of School, Launchpad Guide

Cindy Moores

Co-Head of School, Middle School Guide

Lakota Wiede

Elementary Guide

Naomi Romero

Spark Guide

Our Advisors

Jeff Sandefer

Co-Founder - Acton Academy

Laura Sandefer

Co-Founder - Acton Academy

Learn more about Acton Academy at http://www.actonacademy.org

Our Promises

We promise through Socratic guiding and experiential learning to encourage each member of our community to:

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    Begin a Hero’s Journey,

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    Discover precious gifts and a commitment to mastery.

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    Become a curious, independent, life-long learner.

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    Embrace the forging of a strong character.

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    Cherish the arts, the physical world, and the mysteries of life.

  • 6

    Treasure economic, political, and religious freedom.

Our Beliefs

We believe clear thinking leads to good decisions, good decisions lead to the right habits, the right habits forge character, and character determines destiny.

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    We believe each person has a gift that can change the world in a profound way;

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    We believe in learning to learn, learning to do, and learning to be.

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    We believe in a closely connected family of life-long learners.

  • 4

    We believe in economic, political, and religious freedom.

Joy +  Rigor = Mastery

Embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but the mastery required for a Hero’s Journey goes even further, requiring commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.