Accelerated Christian Education offers a non-traditional approach to education with solid, Christian values based on the Bible. Through the use of PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education) and other facets of A.C.E.’s program, countless students from schools and homeschools have successfully used the curriculum since the early 1970s.
What makes A.C.E. different from other curriculum providers is its individualized, self-instructional, mastery-based approach. PACEs allow students to absorb subject material at their own pace rather than being forced to learn at a pace set by a teacher in a classroom environment. Instead of being labeled by a chronological grade, each student may advance according to individual learning abilities. For instance, a student placed in the fifth grade in a traditional school setting may be taking varying levels of PACEs in the A.C.E. system. This same student could be taking Level 4 math, Level 5 science, and Level 5 English. Students may move ahead in some subject areas and proceed at a slower pace in others.
The A.C.E. program also enables schools and homeschools to administer PACEs to multiple students on different grade levels with minimal staffing. Kindergarten and first-level students are taught with a phonics-based program that requires direct instruction from a supervisor or parent. From the second level on, the student is guided by the self-instructional PACEs. School supervisors and homeschool parents give limited assistance to help students discover learning through the material.
In addition to curriculum, student programs are offered to enhance students' gifts and talents for ministry work both local and abroad. These student activities include Service Adventure, Regional Student Conventions, International Student Convention, and Educational Assistance. Schools and homeschools are also encouraged to have students engage in weekly field trips.
Students using the A.C.E. curriculum for the first time take the free aceconnect Diagnostic Test to evaluate where they are performing academically and to prescribe where they should start. Whether students are transferring to a school using the curriculum or are from a homeschooling family, the Diagnostic Test helps identify any “gaps” in a student’s education. PACEs are then assigned to help the student continue his educational journey.
Lighthouse Christian Academy (LCA) serves as the K-12 distance learning provider for A.C.E. curriculum. LCA assists enrolled homeschools with academic advisors, support, accredited diplomas, and a graduation ceremony. Private school students have the opportunity to earn an accredited diploma through LCA as well.
A.C.E. also provides extensive support to schools using the curriculum. A series of Christian Educators’ Conventions and Supervisors’ Training is held throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries each year. Several Administrators’ Training sessions take place each summer at the A.C.E. International Corporate Offices in Hendersonville, Tennessee.