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Parent Testimonials

Trusting the Flourish School was the best decision we could have made for our children. They have become self-motivated learners and they really enjoy working with their fellow Eagles to accomplish the goals they have set. Academically they have advanced beyond what we thought was possible, but more importantly they simply love going to school.

Joost, Flourish School Parent

Over the past 10 months, since our child moved to Flourish, we’ve noticed subtle yet significant changes in her behaviour, a shift from hesitancy to one of confidence. We’re literally over the moon with the person she is growing up to be.

She now pursues what she wants to, how she wants to and is truly developing skills for life, for mastery and not for exams. She really enjoys her time at school. We believe that she has grown at Flourish where she finds her true calling and courage to grow, where she has the space to be herself and develop her own individuality and personality and we’re ever so grateful for getting to be a part of this marvellous journey. Thank you.

Anushka & Gautam, Flourish School Parents

We have seen how well the Flourish School’s methods work: when children have control over their learning, they learn more, remember more of what they learn, and build a deep love of learning. Instead of feeling tired, stressed and subjugated, our kids feel empowered, hopeful and responsible.

Maria, Flourish School Parent

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 who are looking for an educational experience fit for the 21st century.

At present, the school serves learners in grades 1-8 (ages 6-14) and will grow with them until grade 12. We are accredited with The International Association of Learner Driven Schools (IALDS) and 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.
We are located in Magarpatta City, Pune.

What is Flourish about?

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.

Read our Letter to a Parent

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.

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Disruptive Education

An award winning independent documentary on the Acton Academy.