The Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) programme is a total package, self-instructional curriculum covering all grade levels and core subjects from Kindergarten through to Year 13. For over 35 years the A.C.E. curriculum has been successfully used by 1000s of students in NZ. It is now used in over 8,000 Christian schools in over 145 countries as well as being used by 100s of homeschooling families.
Each subject is presented in a series of self-instructional workbooks, called PACEs, progressively graduated so that new concepts and truths build upon previously mastered ones. An 80% pass mark is required in most PACEs before a student is permitted to proceed to the next PACE. Twelve PACEs represent one year’s work in each subject.
Meets Individual Needs
One of the main principles of the A.C.E. curriculum is that students work at their own achievement level and this can differ from subject to subject. On completing diagnostic tests to determine learning gaps and achievement levels, each student is given an individual academic prescription that will meet his individual needs ensuring that he works at his own achievement level. The nature of the curriculum also allows students to work at their own PACE according to their own ability. It is able to meet the individual needs of each student.
Mastery Based Learning
Advancement through the A.C.E. programme is attained only through learning the material. Only when a student has sufficiently mastered the contents of a PACE can he or she advance to the next PACE in the full scope and sequence curriculum. This usually provides security from failure.
The self-instructional design of the curriculum means that the supervisor (teacher) only assists the student as needed. The supervisor is not the ‘teacher’ but the overseer and motivator of the learning process; this makes it a very suitable curriculum in a homeschool situation where parents may not be ‘experts’ in every subject.
One of the features of the A.C.E. curriculum is that it incorporates character building and wisdom principles. Christian truths and Biblical principles are integrated through all subjects. Each PACE emphasizes one of sixty character traits identifiable in the life of Christ and these are reinforced by a Scripture passage.