Do you want to change the world
and be transformed in the process?
We are HIRING a Full-Time Spark Studio Guide
to work learners ages 4-7!

Now Enrolling Ages 4-13!

Begin your Family's Journey!

Empowered Minds Academy is part of a growing network of innovative and independently owned schools around the world. Each affiliate is founded by parents who believe there is a better way to prepare their children for purposeful and fulfilling lives, and help other like-minded families take ownership of their lifelong learning journeys.


  •  Begin a S/Hero’s Journey.
  •  Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
  •  Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.
  •  Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.
  •  Discover their most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.

What's different about Empowered Minds Academy?

Empowered Minds Academy uses the latest adaptive technology in a self-paced learning environment designed to foster responsibility, goal-setting, and teamwork. EMA learners are empowered to thrive in a world that needs independent, motivated thinkers, and learners.

We believe children learn best by doing. Whether it’s launching a startup business, creating a tadpole habitat, practicing climate activism, growing lettuce hydroponically, playing a musical instrument, painting a mural, or programming a robot, EMA learners are building real-life skills in their studios everyday.

We believe the learning experience is much richer when the guide (At EMA, there are NO teachers.) offers insightful questions and facilitates hands-on learning. Guides use Kemetic Questioning, always responding to learners’ questions with new questions. This exchange hones their critical thinking skills and equips them to trust their own brains to solve problems.

Empowered Minds Academy is “learner-led.” This means young people take ownership of their education and peer relationships. EMA learners think independently, take responsibility and embrace challenges. They are being prepared to bring their own unique genius to the world.

We believe in the power of apprenticeships. Beginning in middle school, learners obtain internships in a field which they are passionate or curious about. EMA learners are challenged to pursue internships with doctors, bakers, plumbers, attorneys, graphic designers, solar engineer and so many other fields. What will your child choose?

We encourage learners to develop personal virtues such as honesty, hard work, responsibility, kindness, and empathy. Armed with purpose and good character, we believe that EMA learners will launch into adulthood prepared to find their calling and change the world.

Are you frustrated about standardization, rote memorization, and a one-size-fit-all approach? Do you believe that learning should be self-paced, and that we should focus more on critical thinking, creative problem-solving, leadership and communication skills?

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What makes Empowered Minds Academy unique?

Sankofa Bird

At Empowered Minds Academy, we believe that by uncovering, reclaiming, and reconnecting with our truth, we will better understand who we were, who we are, and who we must be.

Downtown Durham Walkabout
EMA Garden
"Standing in the Shoes" of a Climate Activist
Montessori-Inspired Learning
A "Virtual" Field Trip to Kemet
A Tribute to a Hero


At Empowered Minds Academy, we call our classrooms “Studios” because Panthers are learning through movement, exploration, and hands-on activities.

A time for exploration and curiosity.

Learn to learn.  Learn to do.  Learn to be.

Work hard.  Have fun.  Find a calling.

Start the adventure of YOUR lifetime.


Panthers 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 and character development in “Learn to Be” Badges.

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.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

Empowered Minds Academy admits learners of any race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national or ethnic origin,  and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to learners at Empowered Minds Academy.  Empowered Minds Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national or ethnic origin, and sexual orientation, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and any other school-administered programs.


Empowered Minds Academy: An Acton Academy Affiliate ©️ 2021