The ACE Approach
Habits of Success
Students are taught and held accountable for tracking their growth in 7 key Habits of Success which include: Goal Setting, Self-regulation, Collaboration, Self-awareness and Reflection, Perseverance, Curiosity, and Community Mindedness. These are key skills that schools often assume students will learn on their own. In ACE, we feel they are essential for students to learn while they are in high school to be better prepared for college or other post-graduate plans. They are also critical skills for functioning well in our 21st Century work world. More information: Habits of Success
In addition to being an innovative competency-based program, ACE also has a number of unique programmatic features which include: the Habits of Success, Exhibitions, Seminar, and Post Graduate Planning.
For more information about the program, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Post Graduate Planning
All ACE students take a series of Post-Graduate Planning Classes which meet twice a week and help guide students through all aspects of the college/career exploration process from learning how to: embark on an interest exploration inventory that can lead to job shadows and internships, to writing resumes and applying for jobs, to learning how to find the best match for colleges and/or careers, to getting strategic help in filling out college applications.
This year's cohort of ACE students have been accepted to:
When a student first comes into the ACE program, they take two interdisciplinary seminar courses (one math/science and one English/history) during their first cycle of classes. These courses are designed to gradually introduce and acculturate students to the competency-based system of learning and assessing and the habits of success since these are aspects of ACE that make it uniquely different than mainstream. During this time, students are also given diagnostic assessments in the four content areas to determine their skill and content knowledge levels. This information then informs the roadmap of courses that they will need to take to graduate from ACE.