New private school coming to Sussex this fall

Posted on 03-06-2023

A new private school is coming to Sussex County in the fall.

Dustin Yoder said he started Headwaters Acton to serve people who have a deep dissatisfaction with traditional education.

He and his wife Stefanie Yoder live in Sussex County and wanted their four young children to have a different path of education than they experienced. 

After sending three of their children to their local Montessori school, they decided to opt for homeschooling because of “the constraints of the government on the public school system.”

They found Acton Academy, a national network of private schools with 270 locations across the world. 

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Planning the private school

He expects the doors to open this fall for the 2023-2024 school year with about a dozen students.  According to Stefanie Yoder, tuition will be $7,400 per student, but will decrease by $1,000 per student.

There will initially be an elementary school studio for ages 6 to 11. Yoder hopes to expand after that, adding a spark studio for ages 3 to 5 next year.

Students will not be in grades, an FAQ says. “We believe that children learn best when working with those younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age.”

Headwaters Acton will add a middle school and a “launchpad” – Acton’s terminology for high school – once the inaugural class of students reach those grade levels. 


Jarek Rutz

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