ACE has taken the conventional textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable, worktexts called PACEs. Each PACE is equivalent to a chapter in a textbook. Each grade level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. PACEs integrate character-building lessons into the academic content. Carefully designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning, PACEs have many unique features. Students begin their PACE work by reciting their goals – the concepts they will learn, a Bible verse, and a corresponding character trait. From the very beginning they know what is expected and they assume the responsibility for their own learning! Full color explanations and illustrations add excitement to each lesson. Innovative learning activities reinforce the interesting text material. The Checkup is a minitest covering a section of the PACE. If mastery in an area is not achieved, the Checkup will reveal weak areas. In unusually challenging concepts, student and instructor can take the time necessary to review and learn those concepts. Upon completion of the activities and Checkups, students prepare to take the Self Test – a practice test. With this Step students evaluate themselves to determine readiness for the final Test. When the Self Test is successfully completed, the student turns in the PACE and takes the final Test the next morning. The final Test objectively measures student mastery of the material. Curriculum is available for first grade through high school in PACE form. ACE has designed their curriculum on twelve levels of work, with 1001 thru 1012 being level one, 1013-1024 being level two, and so forth, all the way to 1144. The student should complete, on the average, twelve PACEs a year in any given subject. Twelve in Math, twelve in English, etc. This is the average. Some will do more and others less. The learning limited are never left behind, and the academically gifted are never held back. Students in grades 1st through 8th work in five main subjects (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Word Building). Students in 2nd through 5th grade do Creative Writing as a sixth subject. In High School, students do six subjects and concentrate on required courses for earning credits. Every twelve PACEs completed in High School counts as one credit and every six completed as one-half credit. In a normal school year, a student should complete a total of 60 to 72 PACEs of work. Careful attention should be given by the parent (supervisor) that each student keeps a balance in the subjects in which he is working and that he is completing about the same number of PACEs in each subject.
A.C.E. / School of Tomorrow Curriculum
What is a PACE?