We currently educate traditional kindergarten through sixth grade. During the 2024-2025 school year we will offer K-7th and plan to grow one school grade each year.
We are located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the Black Fox area of south Cleveland, at 2420 Varnell Road SW.
The studio is on a gated property with 10 beautiful acres. There is lots of grass, trees, chickens & guineas, gardens, and a small stream. We have 2,000 square feet of indoor space for the studio which boasts a private bathroom and a small kitchen area for learners to use the refrigerator and microwave, as needed. Serious applicants will be invited to the campus, upon request, for tours of the studio space.
Our campus will not be our final location. As we grow, we will move to a larger building and hope to keep it in the Cleveland area.
The Triumph Academy model is based on the micro-school concept and is a learner-driven community. A micro-school is a modernized version of the one-room school house with mixed-age level groupings, personalized education, and a small population. Starting small allows us to get to know each child while building a solid foundation with like-minded families.
In addition to the micro-school structure, here are other characteristics that differentiate our model from traditional school:
We value freedom and flexibility. Families will not be penalized for travel or days off to pursue family and personal endeavors. However, being part of the tribe is an integral part of the Acton model, so learners are encouraged to attend when they are in town.
Language is important and the words we use at Acton are intentionally meant to empower young people. We refrain from using words such as "kids" or "child" as this delegates power to the adult, where in our studio the learners are in control of their education, their tribe, and their success as a team.
We value and respect each person’s beliefs. We explore the importance various religions have played throughout history, but we do not offer specific religious education. Learners will be exposed to a variety of religions through our study of civilization.
Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." At Acton Academy, we celebrate his defense of economic, political and religious freedom.
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey. At Triumph Academy, we celebrate their defense of economic, political and religious freedom.
Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don't know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery. We help children learn how to think, not what to think.
Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.
We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age. In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in groups.
We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities but are able to serve young heroes with dyslexia if the student and family receive special training. We believe that many minor learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed. Learners with ADD/ADHD often thrive in this environment as they have freedom to move their body as needed, take any brain breaks they want, and work at a pace which is best for them.
We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be by becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.
We believe in liberty and justice and the ideals of the American revolution as the cornerstones of civilization. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them, as we examine other cultures and forms of government.
For 2024-2025 Enrollment, see our Tuition Page.
Full Time Tuition for the 2023-24 school year is $7,689 payable in 11 monthly installments ($699/month) during the school session.
Enrollment Fee - There is a $350 non-refundable supplies fee per full-time child upon acceptance, along with your first month of tuition. Multi-child families will receive a $50 discount on the enrollment fee for the 2nd, 3rd etc. enrolled learner(s).
Multi-child Full-Time Families - The first enrolled learner pays full tuition; additional enrolled children who live in the same household will be $7,469/year payable in 11 monthly installments of $679/month.
3-Day Tuition for the 2023-24 school year is $419/month.
Part-time students also have a $350 Enrollment fee, per learner. Multi-child families will receive a $50 discount on the enrollment fee for the 2nd, 3rd etc. enrolled learner(s).
Multi-child Part-Time Families - The first enrolled learner pays full tuition; additional enrolled children who live in the same household will be discounted by $20/month. For example, with two children, the first child for 3 days pays $419/month and the second, and third child each pays $399/month.
Returning students (full and part time) for the next school year have a $250 yearly supplies fee, due in August each year.
**We do offer a discount for full time enrolled learners of Veterans, Police, Fire, & Teachers. Please ask upon inquiry.
Tuition is subject to increases - ask about our special for Founding Families.
Yes. Triumph Academy is an accredited member of the International Association of Learner Driven Schools (IALDS) under the umbrella of all Acton Academies.
The IALDS is an accreditation entity with a focus on schools with strong values, proven methodology and a commitment to continuous improvement. Supporting schools that serve the whole person, the IALDS is committed to finding a way for staff, parents, and students in its member schools to thrive in emotionally supportive and developmentally appropriate environments as they learn and grow.
You can find more information online at https://ialds.org/
Technology is a useful tool and we are excited for our students to learn how to responsibly use computers to access information, communicate effectively, and learn independently. The studio will learn about the responsible use of technology and incorporate some online programs into their research and Core Skills. Children in our elementary studio will typically spend less than an hour using computers for morning core skills (reading, math, typing) each day and additional time in the afternoon if their Quest research requires it. In addition to plenty of tech-free, hands-on learning opportunities, children will spend an ample amount of free time outdoors each day. Unstructured play as well as team building opportunities outdoors will be built into the daily schedule. When possible, elements of the curriculum such as Quests, DEAR (Drop Everything And READ), Civilization, and Group Read takes place outdoors.
All schools in Tennessee must fall into one of four categories: public school, private school, church school, or home school. In order for Triumph Acton Academy to apply the unique Acton learning design (curriculum) that is fully learner-driven, we must fall under the umbrella of home school co-op. Other categories of Tennessee schools are compelled by TN state standards and timelines.
In order to be in compliance with TN Compulsory Attendance laws, all Triumph Academy students must be registered as homeschooled. All homeschool children must either be:
1) registered as independent with the local school district, 2) enrolled in an umbrella school, 3) enrolled in an accredited online school.
More details can be found on these links:
The Triumph Academy Director will be keeping records of your child's time at school so this information will be helpful when it comes time for any reporting. Your student will also be compiling a portfolio which will be helpful not only for record keeping but also for applying for internships, apprenticeships, or if a family transfers to another school.
As part of the enrollment process at Triumph Academy, we require proof of registration through the method of your choice, as listed above. *Our own children are registered as independent homeschoolers with their local school district. If you need help navigating this process, please let us know and we are happy to provide direction.
Step 1: Research
Step 2: Apply
**Applications will be considered in the order they are received, so we encourage you to apply early. Our studios are mixed-ages and openings are based on age distribution. We currently serve ages 5-12 and are accepting applications for 2024-2025.