The ACE program was first established in 1970 and has since grown into a world-renown curriculum used by thousands of schools around the world. The ACE curriculum completely rethinks the way Christian education works. In a traditional classroom, time is the constant, and learning is the variable; however, in the ACE classroom, learning is the constant, and time is the variable. Trained supervisors diagnose each student individually and then prescribe the necessary curriculum for their individualized needs. In a traditional classroom, teachers must teach to the middle of the class leaving the bright students bored and the slower students struggling. With the ACE curriculum, however, each student, with the assistance of the supervisor, sets goals for the day and works at his own pace in each subject, allowing the brighter student to move more quickly and the slower student to take his time. In this environment, true, individualized learning takes place for every student.
Lighthouse Christian School uses the ACE curriculum for grades 2nd-12th. Grades Kindergarten and 1st use the Abeka Books curriculum. Each 2nd-12th grade student is given his own “office” where he has his own quiet place to work. PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education) are the curriculum used in the ACE program. Each student will read the information and answer the corresponding questions. Upon reaching a checkup or a self-test, the student must receive permission to take the “quiz” and then receive additional permission to score it. When a student needs to score something, he simply gets permission and goes to the scoring table where the answer key is kept (this is a different answer key than the final test). There are a series of checks and balances that keeps the student from cheating. This process has proven extremely effective over the past several decades. Interactive computer courses are also available for additional practice and for some of the more advanced subjects and foreign languages. For more information, visit www.aceministries.com to see more about this excellent curriculum.