ACE Core Curriculum
Accelerated Christian Education’s programme is individualised and non-graded. It is designed to allow students to work at their own level of achievement, which may vary from subject to subject.
The core curriculum is an individualised, Biblically-based, character-building curriculum package. It is this curriculum that the reading programmes (‘Preschool with Ace and Christi’, and ‘ABCs with Ace and Christi’) prepare students to enter. It is integrated with these “early years” programs to provide a quick start for beginning students. However, it will do much more than that. Accelerated Christian Education’s curriculum enables students to progress through high school, successfully preparing them for further and higher education and performance in the world of work.
The term “core” is used to distinguish the foundational courses from the enhancement courses in Accelerated Christian Education’s expanded curriculum. The core curriculum provides students with academics, skill building, reading practice, character and wisdom training, and knowledge of God and His Word.
Core Curriculum Provides Students’ Basic Educational Needs
The core curriculum includes the six basic academic disciplines that provide students’ essential educational needs: Maths, English, Literature and Creative Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Word Building (spelling and etymology). Each core curriculum subject contains 156 PACEs beginning with preschool and ending with Level 12. Exceptions are math (which contains 144 PACEs), Word Building (which concludes with Level 9), and Literature and Creative Writing (which begins with Level 2 and will conclude with Level 8.)
Each curriculum course consists of 12 PACEs per level. Normally students complete a minimum of 70 PACEs each in one academic year; however, this varies according to the students’ abilities and the school’s efficiency. Students normally keep academic balance in the subjects in which they are working and complete about the same number of PACEs in each subject–that is, after they have completed gap PACEs. 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.
Typical students work daily on one PACE at a time in each of the six subjects. The PACEs may be on varying levels, according to the students’ achievement in each subject and according to their academic prescriptions based on their diagnostic test results.