Accelerated Christian Education
“From its beginning, Accelerated Christian Education® has maintained high Biblical and academic standards and remained committed to setting children on a path for success. The goal is the same today: to prepare children for the world today and give them the academic and spiritual tools necessary to achieve their God-given potential. Accelerated Christian Education’s concepts are based on the following Five Basic Laws of Learning:
- 1. A child must be at a level where he can perform.
- 2. He must have reasonable goals.
- 3. His learning must be controlled, and he must be motivated.
- 4. His learning must be measurable.
- 5. His learning must be rewarded.
Based on these principles, the A.C.E. curriculum assures parents of:
- • A solid, mastery-based, back-to-basics education for their child.
- • A course of study diagnostically individualized to meet a student’s specific learning needs and capabilities.
- • A program incorporating Scripture, Godly character building, and wisdom principles.
- • A curriculum using advanced computer technology to help ensure the finest education possible in today’s high-tech climate.”
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Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)
Founded over 35 years ago in America, the ACE (also known as School of Tomorrow) curriculum has stood the test of time and fierce opposition. Concentrating on effective methods from the past, it is being used in thousands of schools and many thousands of home schools in over 100 different countries worldwide. It is a complete, Godly, and individualised curriculum. A child may now start with the preschool programme and finish with tertiary College level material, receiving one of the three ICCE certificates. In other words, a child need never return to the state for a stamp of approval. In some countries, even secular governments have begun to set up School of Tomorrow learning centres within their state schools because they can see that the system works!
Since 1970 Accelerated Christian Education has published individualised curriculum and provided training in its implementation for children ranging from preschool through secondary school. Students are tested diagnostically upon entering schools or home schools using the ACE program. Students are then placed in the curriculum in each subject at their own performance levels determined by the results of the diagnostic tests.
The unique format of the curriculum allows students to advance from unit to unit as they demonstrate mastery. Students move independently through the curriculum under supervision.
Accelerated Christian Education is more than quality academics. The curriculum is built on a theistic philosophical foundation. Students learn to see life from God’s point of view. Their personal relationship with God and their personal responsibilities to family, church, and community are of primary concern.
Principles of Accelerated Christian Education
The Four Keys to Accelerated Christian Education
- 1. Individualised:
The A.C.E. Model adapts to the learning speed of your child. This is unlike the “state school model” where the class is lock-stepped regardless of the student’s academic abilities. The A.C.E. model allows the child to progress independently through the curriculum and not as a group. The conventional school model holds back the faster learner and forces all the students forward regardless of their “learning gaps”.
- 2. Diagnosis:
The child is given a diagnostic test to determine current academic ability and clearly identifies any learning gaps within all subjects. For example, the 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 curriculum at his/her academic performance grade level in each subject and the learning gaps are then addressed.
- 3. Goal Setting:
The Students learn through setting daily goals and are challenged by marking their achievement. This key to learning allows the child to visualize and plan daily progress. This unique discipline of A.C.E. places responsibility and accountability on the student for learning, thus establishing a lifetime appreciation for goal setting and achievement.
- 4. Mastery:
The Biblical 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 A.C.E. model reinforces honest achievement that results in advancement. Students must master a minimum of 80% of the material (90% in Word Building) before advancing to the next step.
A Complete Curriculum To Meet Your Needs
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 colorful 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 various videos, and audio cassettes 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.
The International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) has been available for several years in this country and is now being accepted by universities, both in the UK and abroad, as an alternative to the usual GCSE and GCE route (see 1997 UCAS Handbook p.25 – N.B. this does not constitute accreditation).
The ICCE is only available to students using the School of Tomorrow curriculum although some credit may be allowed for work to those coming late onto the programme. The certificate is available at three levels and has been used by ACE students to gain entrance to many universities including Aberystwyth, Durham, Manchester and Oxford.