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Flourish School, An Acton Academy
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KHushnud DhanbhooraKHushnud Dhanbhoora
19:24 02 Dec 23
We honestly cannot imagine our son in any school other than Flourish. He loves going to school and he has expressed himself how he enjoys the system of learning at Flourish. It is hands on, experiential learning. Kids have autonomy and most importantly they are trusted to forge their own path. There are also some struggles in this process where... they have to figure certain things out on their own; however, once they are past it, they have gained important lessons in how to learn, persistence and gain more confidence in themselves.Pritika and Saurabh have been so courageous in taking this initiative to set up a school like Flourish in Pune, and we feel fortunate to be a part of this community.read more
Anushka ArcotAnushka Arcot
16:46 30 Nov 23
My kids flourish at Flourish, truly in every possible way.It has been a truly, truly transformative, liberating experience and we've seen our little ones grow into mighty Eagles.The Flourish School, Pune is the place to prepare one for life in any country, anywhere in the world and with an ever changing social economic landscape, having real... world skills, intuitive thinking and real world applicability is what truly sets learners apart from the rest.Flourish is a Learning Community, a Tribe and a sense of honest, clear contribution and proven time and again to be extraordinary, so much so that it has been known to be quoted locally and internationally.THANK YOU FLOURISH for giving our kids the opportunity to bea part of one of the greatest learning and development experiences of their lives.read more
Dr Reshma SagariDr Reshma Sagari
06:30 29 Nov 23
We were looking for a place where our child could go explore, keep her curiosity alive and enjoy the process of learning. Worried not being able to find something that fit our learning goals we were about to give up when we found out about Flourish on Google. What we found accidentally turned up to be a beautiful experience for our child.I... can say she is growing up beautifully in an environment that nurtures inquisitiveness and "finding answers or solutions". She learns (and is not taught) at her own pace which helps her revisit her unresolved problems around a topic anytime later when she is ready to pursue the topic.Mixed-age learning is something that has shaped her growing years with empathy, understanding, true friendships and socialising skills.The focus on "growth mindset" gives me a much needed relief as a parent. I really enjoy how she plans herself, sets goals, sometimes achieves and many times fails but doesn't give up!read more
Dilip LillaneyDilip Lillaney
05:46 29 Nov 23
Flourish is one of the best things that could happen to a child. It gives the child the freedom to explore their curiosity and grow at their own pace. The focus is on learning and collaboration which are qualities that will definitely help the kids later in life. I wish there was a school like this when I was a kid. It's a blessing and the guides... take care of the kids like they are their own kids :) The kids love going to school and miss it during vacations which I think is a huge compliment to the atmosphere created by the founders and guides at the school. I hope and wish that more kids and parents experience it.read more
The Riding DutchmanThe Riding Dutchman
04:00 28 Nov 23
If you want your kids to get educated in a 21st century way, this is the place to go. Our son and daughter had the privilege to go here when we lived in Pune. The Acton principles really fit in this day and age. It encourages the children to think for themselves and let them learn at a pace that works for them. I highly recommend this school for... curious and self driven children. If your child needs a lot of pushing and parenting, this is probably not the right school for your kid. My kids loved it and wherever we are we will follow the Acton learning methodsread more
Leena LillaneyLeena Lillaney
07:56 27 Nov 23
Our experience with Flourish has been nothing short of transformative. The school's unwavering commitment to instilling a growth mindset, particularly the emphasis on learning from mistakes, has left a lasting impact on our child's educational journey and our parenting journey.The school keeps parents well-informed through regular communication... and workshops, enabling us to reinforce these principles at home.As a parent I was looking for a place where my child wont be judged but rather given an environment where they will have to learn to look within and grow. I am also very grateful to have a community of parents who are willing to grow through this school journey.read more
Shikha PakhideShikha Pakhide
06:13 23 Nov 23
As parents, we hold a special responsibility to prepare our children for the mysteries that lie ahead and equip them with the tools to create their own extraordinary futures. Our quest for the perfect educational fit led us to Flourish School—a place that feels like a second home for our little eagles.We've embarked on diverse educational paths,... from conventional schooling to the intimate setting of homeschooling and the unique Waldorf experience. However, it's at Flourish that our children have discovered not just a school, but a vibrant community that resonates with their spirits. Here, their journey is more than education; it's a personalized adventure that fosters growth and genuine connection.read more

About Us

We (parents of two children) started Flourish in June 2021. Flourish is an open, alternative, learner-driven, mixed-age school in Pune in partnership with the Acton Academy, Austin. We intend to provide a learner-driven, personalised learning experience for our children and those of other families looking for an educational experience fit for the 21st century.

Currently, the school serves learners in grades of Pre-K – 8 (ages 3-14) and will grow with them until grade 12. We are accredited by The International Association of Learner-Driven Schools (IALDS). Our learners can take exams under the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Cambridge or the Maharashtra State Board of Open Schooling.

The school partners with the Acton Academy in Austin, Texas, which has been running a similar school in the United States since 2008 with astounding results.
Situated in the heart of Pune, we are conveniently located amidst the scenic beauty of Sopan Baug, a haven of lush greenery.

How is Flourish different?

We believe that each child that enters The Flourish School will find a calling that changes the world.
These young people will become independent learners that find great joy in learning within a tight knit community that upholds the highest standards of excellence.

   21st Century Learning

  • We employ the latest in educational technology for self-paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills.

  • We have deep Socratic discussions about heroes, history, ethics and self-governance to hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully think, write and speak.

  • We have hands-on project based Quests to master the tools and skills necessary to solve problems in the real world.

   A Learner Driven Community

  • Students create and sign a Contract of Promises describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.

  • Mentor teams encourage younger and older students to listen, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.

  • “Learn to Be” badges that celebrate character and completing leadership challenges.

Measuring Mastery. Not test scores.

Earn badges to prove mastery of new skills

Our young learners celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.

  • Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling.

  • “Learn to Be” badges track character development across studios.

  • Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.

  • Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.

Flourish School, Disruptive Education

Take a peek inside of the Flourish School campus at Sopan Baug, Pune – The Home of the Eagles

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