Central Christian Academy primarily uses Accelerated Christian Education curriculum. We call it ACE curriculum or PACEs for short. We carry it for grades 1st to 12th.
Why do we recommend it first and so highly? From personal experience we have seen its success and adaptability to home schooling. Our school used only ACE for 15 years. Our students always tested well on CAT/5 achievement tests (65 to 68 national percentile for all grades) We realize that there are other good curriculums on the market, thus the reason for making some of them available for the choosing. Still ACE is our main thrust. Listen to a personal testimony from our School Director, Leslie Rawle.
|“My wife and I have been home schooling now for over 19 years. We have four children. Our oldest daughter graduated from a Christian college and was married in the summer of 2006, our next two girls are are attending a Christian college for the 2007-08 school year, and our only son will be in the ninth grade. We have used only ACE with our children. It was our choice even before we began working with the curriculum full time. We have seen first hand the influence and impact this curriculum has had and is having on our children. They have become independent learners having learned the skills it takes to learn for themselves and how to set goals and accomplish those goals. Their lives have been saturated with biblical content and character traits based on the life of Christ. The Bible memory work focuses on character building and it shows. We see in our children everyday the results of the character building and wisdom they have learned. The PACEs are more then academics. They are building a life with a heart for God. We have seen first hand the success. This is why we recommend it so highly for every grade, for every subject, all the way to graduation.”|
Consider the following testimonies from other CCA Parents:
|“The academic achievements I have seen both of our children attain in just the 1st quarter is absolutely splendid! Thank you for helping me further our children’s education both academically and spiritually. God bless you! …””Our children’s lives were enriched through the A.C.E. program and we believe a firm foundation has been laid…””The curriculum was great and I can’t thank you all enough for everything you did for us…”|
The ACE curriculum is built upon these five basic laws of learning:
- Students must be at levels where they can perform.
- Reasonable goals must be set.
- Students must be controlled and motivated.
- Learning must be measurable.
- Learning must be rewarded.
From its beginning over 35 years ago, the ACE curriculum has held to these goals:
- A solid back-to-basics education program.
- A course of study individualized to meet a child’s specific needs and learning capabilities.
- A program incorporating character-building and wisdom principles.
McGraw-Hill rated this material highest among academic curricula in widespread use. We have found this program to have a great impact on the lives of young people, instilling the philosophy of Christian character in their thinking. Our curriculum, with its emphasis on Christian principles that lead to Godly attitudes and proper conduct, totally integrates the academic and spiritual training of home and church. The curriculum is non-denominational and provides a theistic course of study that not only teaches that the Bible is the accurate Word of God, but also teaches every subject from the Biblical point of view.
The materials are prescribed individually. A student can move ahead faster or go slower at the best rate for him. Individualization makes it possible for each student to master the subject before moving on. Individualization produces academic excellence. Students take responsibility for their own learning. Biblical values and concepts considered foundational to relationships and productive living are conveyed throughout the curriculum in such a way as to become life-shaping influences.
The materials are self-instructional. Using the ACE materials, a student is able to work on his self-instructional PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education) even when the parent/supervisor is giving attention to another child. The student can work independently and learn how to take responsibility for learning. Although parents are not required to lecture or make lesson plans, they do need to be present during study times to supervise, motivate, and occasionally explain instructions or lead students in a thought process to arrive at an answer.
The PACEs. 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 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 4th work in six main subjects: Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Word Building, and Creative Writing. Grades 5th through 8th work in five subjects: Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Word Building. In High School, students pick up a sixth subject 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.
The Mastery System
The ACE Curriculum requires that a student score at least 90% on PACE tests 1001-1036, and 80% on PACE tests 1037-1144. If a student fails to achieve these scores, he must rework that PACE. Most young people finish a quarter’s work within 9 weeks or 45 days of school (3 PACEs in five to six subjects), making four quarters a usual school year or 180 days of school. However, many students are able to achieve more, and we encourage them to do as much as they can.
Ungraded. The ACE curriculum is not based on grades. It is an ungraded curriculum. There is nothing in the individual Paces to indicate what grade it may be. Instead we use a numbering system to indicate levels, which allows the student to work on different levels at the same time regardless of which grade they may be in. For example, an 8th grade student, according to their chronological age, may through diagnostic testing, be placed in 6th level English and Math to begin work in the curriculum, because this is their capability, but work at other levels for the other subjects. The student is placed into the curriculum according to their capability and not necessarily according to their grade level, yet the student would still be considered in the 8th grade.