A new adventure + We're hiring!


With a new year comes a new adventure.

This Fall 2018, we are thrilled to launch a new school in south metro Atlanta—The Forest School: An Acton Academy.

The more we have gotten to know the heartbeat of Pinewood Forest, where Joy works as Creative Director, the more convinced we have become that this breakthrough community deserves a breakthrough school.

According to research, the healthiest, happiest, most joyful people have:

  • A sense of meaning or purpose bigger than one's self
  • Healthy, positive connection with others
  • Healthy, positive connection with themselves (mind, body, spirit)
  • Healthy, positive connection with nature
  • Experiences of flow states
  • Experiences of beauty

What if school were designed to cultivate all aspects of flourishing? 

The Forest School will be a nonprofit micro-school that cultivates flourishing and empowers kids to make the world a better place.

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To accomplish this vision, The Forest School will make use of learner-driven technology, Socratic discussions, hands-on projects, and real-world apprenticeships in a character forging community.

We are excited to join a growing network of Acton Academy Schools worldwide that are building on the success of the original Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. The Forest School will be the first Acton in Georgia.

Given our school’s nearness to and partnership with Pinewood Atlanta Studios, there will be tremendous opportunities to prepare and engage kids with the film and arts industries.

We’re fired up about this opportunity for our own kids and we believe others will be, too. We’d love your help to...

spread the word:

Do you know a family in south metro Atlanta (or elsewhere) that might be interested? 

Please share our website—www.theforest.school 

Do you know a caring adult with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit who can become one of our Founding Guides?

Please share our career opportunities—https://www.theforest.school/careers/ 

Will you share with your social network about The Forest School? 

Here’s a tweet—https://ctt.ec/W18N1

Here’s a FB post—Check out this new school in south metro Atlanta. Raising the bar for personalized education in Georgia! www.theforest.school @forestschoolPF

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Thanks for considering helping us spread the word, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or ideas. 

We wish you and your family a wonderful 2018.

- Joy and Tyler Thigpen, The Forest School co-founders



banner image via Rachel Ashley