We believe in a multiple-intelligences approach to defining giftedness. We’ve created Acera as an alternative for students who love to solve problems, make things, ask deep questions, and thrive with an opportunity to create.  Acera students experience regular school as a place with a ceiling that is too low, where they are not able to learn at a rapid enough rate or with enough depth and engagement to honor their voracious appetite for ideas, knowledge, and expression.  Creative thinkers, robust readers, and deep thinkers experience a sense of belonging at Acera, a place with a runway that aligns with each students’ interests and potential.  

Acera is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 school year! Find out how to apply. 

Join us for an Open House:

Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 2:00 pm -4:00 pm

Take a virtual tour with Courtney Dickinson!

Information sessions

Information sessions are two hour long presentations and tours intended for parents, guardians, and other adults who would like to learn more about Acera. You’ll hear from Courtney Dickinson, Founder and Director of the Acera School. Learn about our mission, approach, and profiles of students whose needs are met by Acera.  Ask questions and tour the school, hear about classroom themes and our individualized and project-based educational strategies. Stay after the session to engage and talk more about pedagogy, admissions process, and your child.  

Upcoming Acera School Information Sessions:

  • September 10th, 2019, 7-9pm
  • October 4th, 2019, 9:30-11:30am
  • November 5th, 2019, 7-9pm
  • December 13th, 2019, 9:30-11:30am
  • January 14th, 2020, 7-9pm
  • February 7th, 2020, 9:30-11:30am
  • March 3rd, 2020, 7-9pm
  • April 3rd, 2020, 9:30-11:30am
  • May 5th, 2020, 7-9pm

Learn how to apply

Ever since my first day at Acera, I was surrounded by incredible people. I had (and still have) friends who never cease to interest me, mentors who are happy to point me in the right direction but also willing to push me out of my comfort zone, and resources like the woodshop and lab. 

Acera ignited my interest in neuroscience and psychology as well as software development. It’s amazing how far you can carry yourself if you are truly interested in what you are doing. These interests opened up opportunities to learn necessary skills like how to be part of a team and how to optimize your chance of winning, but also how to lose gracefully. I learned to stand up for what I believe in and not back down from my ideas. Shortly after that lesson, I learned that it is also important to acknowledge when I am wrong. My thought processes have gone from sporadic and random to the beginning of something that has structure. I’ve been shown that I can say things, do things, and create things that are actually valuable. 

Most importantly of all, Acera taught me to learn from my shortcomings. Acera taught me to seek challenges and find where I’m lacking. That is what defines Acera. If you need help with something, you get it. If you want to look deeper into something, you get to. Acera understands that every student is an individual and treats them accordingly. Acera has helped me develop as I am now, and I plan to keep using the skills they taught me for the future. 

I’d like to thank everyone here, as well as students and staff of the past that I also knew. You have made such a positive impact on me. Thank you so much.”  – Graduation speech from former Acera student