Why Accelerated Christian Education?
We believe that Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) is the best method for providing your child with the knowledge and skills to succeed - allowing your child to grow both academically and spiritually!
A.C.E.'s Five Laws of Learning
Accelerated Christian Education provides students with the skills to have a solid mastery of back-to-basics education through a course of study diagnostically individualized to meet their specific learning needs and capabilities. Through the A.C.E. Program, students are provided a curriculum that incorporates not only advanced personalized education, but also reinforces Godly character building and principles while integrating Scriptural wisdom. The goals of Accelerated Christian Education are to maintain high Biblical and academic standards and prepare children for the world today by giving them the academic and spiritual tools necessary to achieve God-given potential.
The A.C.E. Program achieves these goals through The Five Laws of Learning:
Students must be at a level where they can perform.
Students must have reasonable goals.
Students must be motivated to achieve, and their learning must be self-controlled.
Student's learning must be measurable.
Student's learning must be rewarded.
In order for a patient to be properly treated, a doctor must provide a diagnosis that should direct the course of treatment. In much the same way, a student’s academic needs must be diagnosed before proper curriculum can be prescribed.
Each student entering the A.C.E. Program is given diagnostic tests to determine a skill and concept mastery baseline. The diagnostic tests assist the evaluator in determining the student’s academic needs in each subject. After the student completes the diagnostic testing, they are given a curriculum that meets and challenges them at their performance level.
Diagnostic placement testing ensures that students begin at the exact point of their academic needs. Additionally, diagnostic testing determines if there are any “learning gaps.” Students can simply fill in the “learning gaps” without the stigma of “failing” a grade or falling behind.
Academic tests include math, English, spelling, and reading (Bible, Literature and Creative Writing, science, and social studies). These tests cover basic skills normally mastered before high school.
When weak areas are evident from the testing, the appropriate gap PACEs are prescribed to strengthen specific weaknesses. After completing the gap PACEs, the student progresses at their performance level.
What Are PACEs?
The A.C.E. Program takes conventional-style textbooks and are divided into bite-sized, achievable booklets called PACEs. Each PACE is similar to a unit in a textbook. PACEs integrate Godly character-building lessons into the academic content, and self-instructional activities are carefully designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning.
Within every subject, there are 12 PACEs per year to complete. Therefore, every level increases in increments of 12. For example, if you have a student in the first level taking Math, their first PACE number is 1001. They must complete 12 Math PACEs to finish the first level. Therefore, they will take Math PACEs 1001–1012. Then in the second level, they will continue and take 1013–1024.
Please remember that levels may vary according to the student’s ability.
Students are encouraged to do their best while working at their own proficiency level and proceeding as they are capable. Many students complete around 72 PACEs in one academic year. The PACE numbering system reflects the A.C.E. system of referring to each grade as a curriculum level. Since a student is not categorized as being in a specific conventional (chronological) grade level of work, they may be working on a different level in each of their subjects. PACEs are only marked with numbers. No grade level is ever used. High school electives are not identified with specific levels (grades); however, some courses have prerequisites, such as Algebra I before Physical Science.