The Shocking Truth About The School System.
A.C.E. DIAGNOSTIC TEST
Conventional school systems fail when they force a struggling student to repeat an entire grade or advance a student without having grasped course concepts. Some of these students graduate from high school without basic grammar, math, or other academic skills.
Accelerated Christian Education has a system that negates the need to repeat a grade or advance to more difficult material without mastering a subject. Through the FREE aceconnect Diagnostic Test, students are tested based on what they have learned. Learning gaps—subject concepts that the student may have missed—are documented after the student takes the test. When weak areas are evident from the testing, the appropriate gap PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education) are prescribed to strengthen specific weaknesses. After completing the gap PACEs, the student progresses at his performance level. If he demonstrates mastery at all levels of testing, he has the ability to function at his chronological grade level.
The four academic areas tested include:
Math (Levels 1–9)
English (Levels 1–8)
Reading comprehension for science, social studies, Bible Reading, and Literature and Creative Writing (Levels 1–8)
Spelling (Levels 2–9)
Each student entering the A.C.E. program is given diagnostic tests to determine skill and concept mastery. The tests assist the evaluator in determining the student’s academic needs in each subject. After the student completes the testing, he is given curriculum that meets and challenges him at his performance level.
Four academic areas are tested: math Levels 1-9, English Levels 1-8, reading Levels 1-8 (science, social studies, Bible Reading, and Literature and Creative Writing), and spelling Levels 2-9. 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 his performance level. If he demonstrates mastery at all levels of testing, he has the ability to function at his chronological grade level.
The ace connect Diagnostic Test is free and requires one-time registration for your entire school or homeschool.
A.C.E. STUDENT PROGRAMS
The Student Programs of Accelerated Christian Education® (A.C.E.) and Accelerated Christian Education Ministries® (ACEM) give Christian students opportunities to build character and learn leadership skills outside the Learning Center. The ACEM mission trips for students and adults can impact the lives of those who serve and those being served. Students can learn to use their God-given skills in the real world through Service Adventure (SA) and Educational Assistance (EA). They can also learn how to perfect their talents and compete in Regional Student Convention (RSC) and International Student Convention (ISC) in over a hundred different events.
Accelerated Christian Education is a Bible-based, Christian K–12 curriculum, consisting of reading programs, core curriculum, required electives, and additional instruction programs.
Core curriculum provides students with academics, skill building, reading practice, character and wisdom training, and knowledge of God and His Word. This complete package begins with reading development and progresses through high school, giving students a solid foundation for pursuing their life goals.
Students who are more skilled may progress at a faster rate or may accelerate in the areas of their academic strengths. Slower students are encouraged to do their best but are able to work at their levels of proficiency and proceed as they are capable.
Each core subject consists of 12 PACEs (Packet of Accelerated Christian Education) per level. Typical students work daily on one PACE in each subject and may be performing at varying levels. The diagnostic test results help to identify academic weaknesses and prescribe a path to help students catch up. Most students complete at least 70 PACEs per year, while maintaining academic balance by completing about the same number of PACEs in each assigned subject.
Math (Levels K–12)
English (Levels K–12)
Literature and Creative Writing (Levels 2–8)
Social Studies (Levels K–12)
Science (Levels K–12)
Word Building (Levels K–9)
Bible Reading (Levels 1–6)
Packet of Accelerated Christian Education (PACE®)
Accelerated Christian Education® has taken the conventional style textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable worktexts called PACEs. Each PACE is similar to a unit in a textbook. Each level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. 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.
A.C.E. stands out from other curriculum providers with its individualized, self-instructional, mastery-based approach. With minimal assistance, PACEs allow students to absorb subject material according to their own learning ability rather than being pushed forward or held back by their age. For instance, a student placed in the fifth grade by a conventional school may be taking PACEs in Level 4 math, Level 5 science, and Level 5 English in the A.C.E. program. Students may move ahead in some subject areas and proceed at a slower pace in others.
Students begin their PACE work by noting their goals, the concepts they will learn, a Bible verse, and a corresponding character trait. From the beginning of each PACE, they know what is expected and assume the responsibility for their own learning!
Throughout the curriculum, the introduction of new vocabulary words is computer controlled so that no new vocabulary word is used without the student first learning its meaning and pronunciation. Also, these words are repeated to ensure mastery.
Explanations and illustrations add excitement to each lesson, and innovative learning activities reinforce the text material.
Each PACE contains several Checkups, which are quizzes covering a section of the PACE. If mastery in an area is not achieved, the Checkup will reveal that weak area. Students can then take the time necessary to review and learn those concepts before proceeding to the next section.
Upon completion of the activities and Checkups, students prepare to take the Self Test. Here students evaluate themselves, and a supervisor/tutor determines readiness for the final PACE Test. When the Self Test is successfully completed, the student turns in the PACE and takes the PACE Test the next school morning. The PACE Test objectively measures student mastery of the material.
The A.C.E. Program
Since 1970, A.C.E. PACEs have proven to be effective tools for goal setting and for achieving academic excellence. The A.C.E. Program is indeed more than just a PACE. A.C.E. provides a wide variety of student programs and staff training opportunities at locations around the world. See how A.C.E. can take education at your school or homeschool far beyond academics.
Accelerated Christian Education is a Bible-based K-12 program.
Accelerated Christian Education was founded in 1970 by Donald and Esther Howard in Garland, Texas. The ministry began solely upon God’s leading to meet the need for an individualized, Biblically-based education for children. Their desire was to assist parents, pastors, and school staff in the Lord’s command of Deuteronomy 6:7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk to them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard started the first Learning Center in their home, but in just one year had five schools joining their staff training! By 1974, more than 500 schools across the U.S. had implemented the program. A.C.E. has taken a conventionally styled textbook and divided it into bite-sized workbooks called PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education) which are full of self-instructional activities designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning.
A.C.E. has been adding programs for students to participate in activities outside of the classroom since 1973. Regional and International Student Conventions help students grow closer to the Lord Jesus Christ and demonstrate their achievements in a wide range of categories from chess to Bible, basketball to art. Service Adventures and Educational Assistance Programs in foreign countries give students the opportunity to step outside their comfort zones, to share Christ’s love with schools in need, and to be involved in reaching children.
The first international school using A.C.E. curriculum opened in 1974 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. However, throughout the years, separate warehouses opened in Australia, the Philippines, Russia, United Kingdom, and Africa. Today A.C.E. serves more than 6,000 schools and countless homeschool families around the globe (for more global information, click here).
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