Solvit Academy

Solvit Academy


Learn how Melissa Groff, co-founder of Solvit Academy, is teaching the leaders of the future.

Meet the Face of Revolutionary Education in Lancaster: Solvit Academy.

Repeat After Us: "This Is Going To Be The Best Day Of My Life."

Monday's were made for #positivity and affirmations of self-empowerment - a brand new week built for reaching milestones, setting #goals, and strengthening #wellbeing.

Fuel your #journey, boost your #stamina, and #GetMoving with today's #ActonAcademy #recreation #motivation courtesy of Solvit Academy's ES #lipdub2020 video.
What a great morning at the Solvit Academy Children's Business Fair! We had the best time watching the kids proudly display and sell the items they made. We all left with a bag of goodies! Proud to be a part of the Solvit Academy community!

Private elementary school offering full-day kindergarten through 6th grade in the heart of Lancaster city. Annual Children’s Business Fair

Operating as usual

Fig Lancaster Spring 2022 03/10/2022

Fig Lancaster Spring 2022

Catch us on page 63! This is a beautiful issue by Fig Industries.

Fig Lancaster Spring 2022 Read Fig Lancaster Spring 2022 by Fig Industries & Fig Magazine on Issuu and browse thousands of other publications on our platform. Start here!


Melissa is usually smiling, giving positive feedback, or singing a little tune! The Spark learners love her ❤️


We're so excited for Kerry from Art Matters Studio to return for our spring art session. Our learners LOVE to be creative and she weaves in fun lessons and history for them. See you Wednesday! 😄

One of our favorite lessons inspired by Swiss artist Paul Klee. A great introduction to symmetry, warm and cool colors and blending and creating texture with oil pastels. We will be making this in our Art Beat classes this week and during our Spring Session at @solvitacademy

Art Beat: Single Class
Wednesday 3/9 6:30-7:30 or
Saturday, 3/12 11:15-12:15

Solvit Academy updated their business hours. 03/06/2022

Solvit Academy updated their business hours.

Solvit Academy updated their business hours.

Fig Weekly | Your weekly guide to loving local 02/24/2022

Fig Weekly | Your weekly guide to loving local

Thank you to Fig Lancaster for this great article. We believe in making memories, not memorization!

Fig Weekly | Your weekly guide to loving local


We've added some Voyagers' perspectives to this video. They shared that they move at their own pace, face failure with a growth mindset, and discover how they learn best. Yes, yes, and yes! ✅

Solvit Academy Winter Open House 01/31/2022

Solvit Academy Winter Open House

We can't wait to see everyone at this weekend's Open House! If you have been following along, but need to register, you can do that here:

See you Saturday at 10 am!!!

Solvit Academy Winter Open House We're excited to welcome you into the Solvit Academy studios! Co-founders Melissa and Dave will show you and your learner(s) around.


Some game pieces ready for action 🎲 I can’t wait to play all the fun games that our Exploration learners invented. Watching their creativity is so inspiring!


Come check us out!

✅ Full-day Kindergarten with lots of positive reinforcement
✅ Small class sizes with individualized attention
✅ Engaging hands-on projects with real-world meaning

Ready for something NEW, made for today’s world 🌎? Sign up linked in stories/bio 👆🏻


“Create more than you consume”. An interesting concept to ponder on a Monday morning over your coffee ☕️

We watch our learners do it every day!


Happy holidays from this silly sugar cookie to you. We’ll be taking some time off to enjoy the season with friends and family, and look forward to all the learning to come in 2022!

An Announcement from King George III 12/06/2021

An Announcement from King George III

For the next few weeks, our Exploration learners are living in Colonial Solvit! King George has something to say to his "loyal subjects" 😉

An Announcement from King George III King George III (Jonathan Groff) is very unhappy about the freedoms that our learners at Solvit have. Will they start a revolution?


We’re ready for you, Monday! 💪🏻


This weather always makes me want to curl up with a good book. Our learners too!

A Business Fair...for Kids? 11/30/2021

A Business Fair...for Kids?

Awesome post on the Let Grow website! We're getting excited for our Solvit Academy Children's Business Fair this year on Saturday, June 4th!

A Business Fair...for Kids? It's a huge lesson in independence. Kids learn entrepreneurship and earn money at Acton Children's Business Fairs, held all across America.


May your day bring scented markers and glittery unicorns ✨🦄

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the New Innovation Era 11/12/2021

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the New Innovation Era

I don't like to pick favorites, except when it comes to books. Most Likely to Succeed gives a brief history lesson on the US education system (in an interesting way) and paints an innovative picture of the future. Highly recommend this one! #21stcenturyeducation

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the New Innovation Era Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the New Innovation Era


The Solvit Experience

Photos from Solvit Academy's post 10/19/2021

Instagram vs. reality 👉🏻


Solvit Academy enjoyed this week off for fall break. We’re coming back refreshed and ready to learn. Recharging is important for young minds too 🧠 See you on Monday, Voyagers!

Photos from Solvit Academy's post 10/01/2021

It was the perfect day to head to @centralmarketlancaster ☀️ We value real-world experiences and will be out and about experiencing as much of the city as we can walk 🙌🏻


Our Exploration Voyagers are working on their growth mindset this week! The rubber band represents something that is harder for them to do than others. As they navigate the tough work they have ahead of them, they can look down at their wrist and remember to embrace challenge. You can do it, Voyagers!


One of our Spark Voyagers modeling our question of the year. Do you think the past determines the future?

The modern curriculum 09/13/2021

The modern curriculum

Seth Godin, entrepreneur and author, has been a vocal supporter of our school model. This was a good article on why we focus on learning leadership and curiosity versus fact memorizing.

The modern curriculum We’ve spent 130 years indoctrinating kids with the same structure. Now, as some of us enter a post-lockdown world, I’d like to propose a useful (though some might say radical) way to re…

Solvit Academy encourages students to be Voyagers on their own Hero’s Journey 09/07/2021

Solvit Academy encourages students to be Voyagers on their own Hero’s Journey

Our Spark Guide, Melissa, wrote a great article about our Spark program. Check it out!

Solvit Academy encourages students to be Voyagers on their own Hero’s Journey When you think about your schooling experience, what emotions are sparked within you? Maybe you feel a mixture of emotions depending on the particular memory that resurfaces or the scenarios you experienced from year to year. Your learning environment shaped you, molded you, and had a huge impact in...


As one of our parents put it, “only two more sleeps!” until we’re back to school! Hope everyone has a lovely holiday. We can’t wait to share the amazing things our learners do this year ❤️

The Solvit Academy Experience 09/05/2021

The Solvit Academy Experience

Have you wondered whether there is a better education out there for your child? Stay curious, be brave!

The Solvit Academy Experience Parents, guides, and owners share their thoughts on what makes Solvit unique.

Photos from Solvit Academy's post 08/12/2021

Three excellent examples from the Children’s Business Fair. They each had unique strengths, but they all worked hard. Will your little entrepreneur join us next year? We had so much fun!!


Our drama Guide Jonathan came to do our first drama workshop. The Voyagers loved it! Here’s one exercise they enjoyed 🎭



At Solvit, we spend a lot of time on character development and emotional intelligence. Most people don’t evaluate their friends on the ability to do calculus problems but rather how a person will react when faced with a difficult task or stressful situation. Real world skills > memorization of facts! If calc is your jam, you can learn that here too.

We’re giving away a few tools that we use in the studios to help build social skills and practice self control ⭐️
- @generationmindful mindfulness toolkit
- feelings flashcards
- a copy of Courage to Grow ☺️

To enter: follow this page, like this photo, and tag a fellow parent in the comments! Share in stories to support our awesome community of learners 💕

*Each tag is an individual entry. Local drop off only. Winner will be announced on stories Tuesday at noon. Giveaway not affiliated with any brands or Instagram.

The Learner Driven Approach: How and Why it Works - On Being an Acton Academy Parent 07/17/2021

The Learner Driven Approach: How and Why it Works - On Being an Acton Academy Parent

What is learner driven? And most importantly, why does it work?

The Learner Driven Approach: How and Why it Works - On Being an Acton Academy Parent The learner driven approach inspires, equips, and connects young people who embrace a Hero’s Journey... Read More


Voyager Spotlight 🔦 Everett
Age: 7
Studio: Exploration
Interests: fishing, baseball, and being outdoors.
Solvit Advantage: Everett is extremely self-motivated and as our youngest Exploration voyager has been one of the most committed to setting daily smart goals and using them to expedite progress. He finished a whole level of ELA in 6 months working entirely independently! Did I mention he’s 7?!? We can’t wait to see what this self-starter, independent-minded hero will accomplish next year!


Voyager Spotlight 🔦 on Cella
Age: 9
Studio: Exploration
Interests: Harry Potter, theater, and hanging with her Nanny and Poppy!
Solvit Advantage: Cella is working through the core skills (reading, writing, and math) material quickly. Our model allows her to move forward academically as she is ready while growing emotionally and socially with her peers. Next year she’ll start many subjects well above her “grade-level”. Go, Cella, go 👏🏻


We did it!!!! Amazing what a group of young heroes can accomplish. We’ve all been blown away by their growth this year. Counting down the days until we’re back into the studios ⏲ We have a fun (free!) movie night planned - reserve tickets via the link in our bio.


At Solvit, we trust that kids are naturally curious, and we encourage them to work hard, solve their own problems, and learn by doing. A year in and I’m still trying to sort out how to summarize an *entirely different in almost every way* school. Follow along here as I practice it in writing!

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354 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA

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Monday 8am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 3:30pm
Thursday 8am - 3:30pm
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