Aaron Eckhart High School:
|American Community School (now known as ACS International Schools), American International School of Sydney, (GED)|
Aaron Eckhart College:
|BFA Film, Brigham Young University (1994)|
Aaron Eckhart's educational journey was largely governed by his family circumstances, both geographically and religiously. When he was 13 years old, his family moved from California to England, where he began studying at American Community School (now known as ACS International Schools). Here he discovered his enthusiasm for acting, starring in his high school's production of Charlie Brown. In 1985, Eckhart's family relocated once again, this time to Australia, where he attended American International School of Sydney for his senior year of high school and acted in Waiting for Godot. The burgeoning actor quit school before graduation, preferring to work in Warringah Mall movie theater, but earned his GED through a correspondence course. Raised as a Mormon, Eckhart spent three years between high school and college on a Mormon mission in Switzerland and France; in 1988 Eckhart began studying film at Brigham Young University, first in Hawaii and then in Utah. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film in 1995, and his time at BYU served him well: as an undergraduate, he met director Neil Labute and was cast in several of his plays. This fortuitous introduction led him to his breakthrough film a few years later, LaBute's Company of Men, after which he rocketed to celebrity heights.