Origin

Founded in 1970 by Dr. Donald R. Howard, Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) is a proven educational system providing a foundation for life in the challenging moral, social and economic climate of the 21st Century.1 For over 45 years, ACE has provided an outstanding academic curriculum and an individualised system infused with Biblical principles.2


1 http://www.christian-education.org/ace-around-the-world/
2 Accelerated Christian Education, Inc., (2012). Administration Manual. 10th ed. Nashville: Accelerated Christian Education, Inc., p.1.

A Global Curriculum

Concentrating on effective methods from the past, the ACE curriculum is followed in around 140 countries at over 5,500 independent schools in addition to 45,000 home schools in Europe3 as well as over 20,000 independent school in the United States.4

Across the UK and Ireland, the ACE curriculum is used by over 30 independent schools with Christian Education Europe (CEE) as the schools’ governing organisation.5


3 http://www.christian-education.org/ace-around-the-world/
4 Accelerated Christian Education, Inc., (2012). Administration Manual. 10th ed. Nashville: Accelerated Christian Education, Inc., p.1.
5 http://www.christian-education.org/schools/

Individualised Curriculum

ACE is a complete and individualised curriculum for students ranging from pre-school (reception) through to college A-levels.

The “ACE model” adapts to the learning speed of your child whereas the "state-school model" classes are lock-stepped regardless of the student’s academic abilities. The ACE model allows the child to progress independently through the curriculum and not as a group. The conventional school model either holds back the faster learner or forces the slower learner forward regardless of his/her learning gaps.

The unique format of the curriculum allows students to advance from unit to unit as a pace that is appropriate for the individual student as they demonstrate mastery of each material. The value of excellence in all things we do is translated into mastering subject content. This is the foundation upon which all future learning is built. The ACE model reinforces honest achievement that results in efficient advancement. Students must master a minimum of 80% of the material (90% in Word Building) before advancing to the next level.

The curriculum promotes self-learning and trains students to work independently under the supervision of teachers. For example, students learn through setting daily goals for each of their academic subjects (Maths, English, Science, etc.) and are challenged by assessing and monitoring their achievement. This key to learning allows the child to visualise and plan daily progress. This unique discipline of ACE places responsibility and accountability on the student for learning, thus establishing a lifetime appreciation for transferable/work-related aptitudes such as self-management, self-discipline and self-motivation.

Diagnosis

Prior to enrolment, potential students are tested diagnostically using the ACE program.

The purpose of the diagnostic test is to determine current academic ability and clearly identify any learning gaps within all subjects, primarily in Maths and English. For example, a child’s English grammar may be above his/her grade level. However, their punctuation skills may be below grade level. The child is then placed in the curriculum in each subject at their own performance levels determined by the results of the diagnostic tests. Furthermore, the learning gaps are addressed and discussed with the parents to ensure the child has adequate academic support from both the school and home.

PACE’s & Core Curriculum

You may be wondering, “What is a PACE?” ACE has taken the conventionally styled textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable, work texts called PACEs (Packet of Accelerated Christian Education). Each level of the ACE curriculum consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. PACEs integrate character-building lessons into the academic content, and self-instructional activities are carefully designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning.

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. 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 of work.

Upon completion of the activities and Checkups, students prepare to take the Self Test. Here students evaluate themselves, and a supervisor determines readiness for the final exam (also known as the PACE Test). When the Self Test is successfully completed, the student hands in the PACE and takes the exam the next school morning. The exam objectively measures student mastery of the material.6

The core curriculum is an individualised, Biblically-based, character-building curriculum package. It includes the six basic academic disciplines that provide students' essential educational needs: Maths, English, Literature and Creative Writing, Social Studies, Science, Word Building (spelling and etymology) and bias courses for GSCE/college level students. Each core curriculum subject contains 156 PACE’s beginning with pre-school (age 4) and ending with Level 12 (age 18). *

Each curriculum course consists of 12 PACEs per level. Normally,each student completes a minimum of 70 PACE’s in one academic year. However, this varies according to the student’s abilities. Students are supported to keep academic balance in the subjects in which they are working and complete about the same number of PACE’s in each subject. 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 on their levels of proficiency and proceed as they are capable. (Note: The core curriculum is enhanced with DVDs, videos, and computer software).


6 http://www.christian-education.org/curriculum/
*The expected age of graduation is 18/19. However, this is based on the student’s academic ability.

Qualifications

The International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) has been available for several years in this country and is recognised and accepted by universities via UCAS applications, both in the UK and abroad, as an alternative to the GCSE and GCE route.

For more information about ICCE please click this link.

Success of ACE Graduates

Hundreds of ACE graduates have successfully completed the ACE programme have been awarded their ICCE certification (equivalent to A Levels). Some have gone onto top universities graduating with first degrees while others have gone into the workplace. 7

Read about PromisedLand Academy’s ACE graduate: Naomi Coote and other ACE Graduates

Curriculum Developments


In answer to today's educational dilemma, highly skilled personnel in the Product Development Division are constantly working on all phases of curriculum development at Accelerated Christian Education.

Drawing on their experience, expertise, and knowledge of how children learn, Accelerated Christian Education staff research and develop curriculum that is highly motivational and challenging. Editors and proofers, working closely with the writers, review and polish all manuscripts. After final approval, word-processing personnel typeset the content, and graphic artists enhance the text with interesting and colourful illustrations and photographs.

Before printing, all curriculum is checked by quality control personnel to assure the highest standard of accuracy and academic excellence. For additional verification, much of the curriculum is field tested.

In all steps of the development process, current technology provides the ultimate in productivity with the highest standard of quality. Every manuscript meets educational requirements and adheres to biblical precepts.

On a parallel track, Accelerated Christian Education develops various state-of-the-art multimedia products. The Instructional Design Department develops material for Accelerated Christian Education Interactive Multimedia courses. Software Development produces developmental tools, educational programs, and record-keeping software. The Accelerated Christian Education Management System is a complete database program for schools using the Accelerated Christian Education program. The Audio/Visual Department develops CDs and DVDs for training, instruction, and promotional use.

A technical support team assists with electronic engineering and telephone support. All of this expertise contributes to a complete educational program.8