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Our 4 Pillars of Learning

What makes a quality education? Upscale school buildings? Computers & technology? Top-notch sports program? Latest educational theory? Career training?

We believe we have the answer! The pillars of ACE’s comprehensive college preparatory educational program are:

  1. Character - integrating character year-round into school, home, and life.
  2. Home-Linked - working collaboratively with families as partners.
  3. Personalized - personalizing education to challenge each student.
  4. Classical utilizing an integrated classical curriculum.
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  • Character education is ACE's priority. Because innercharacter drives all areas of a person's life, a student who istrained to focus on motives rather than outward actionswill consequently perform at his/her highest ability level.Regular attendance, superior scholastic achievement, politeclassroom behavior, courteous treatment of peers, andgood citizenship will all result from helping pupils tounderstand, form, and practice core ethical values.

  • “Clearly achievement is no accident. It takespersonal responsibility, self-discipline,initiative, perseverance, organization, effort,problem solving, and cooperation.”[Taylor,Ella. ODE Evaluation Reports:Character Education Partnership Grant. Western OR U,2004. p.1]

  • ACE students will be part of aschool culture where character ismodeled, taught, expected,celebrated, and practiced daily.

  • During the 2004-2005 school year, a group of Lane County home-school parents were surveyed to determine which character traits they considered critical for their children’s success. Ace’s 4 year character program reflects those survey results.

  • Our character assembly covers a character trait each month (memorization of monthly trait's & distinguishing points, weekly instruction from Character First curriculum, literature, history, composition assignments linked to monthly character, opportunities for student presentations highlighting student's own character development.)

  • Four year character trait rotation:
 
Year I
Year II
Year III
Year IV
September
Punctuality
Punctuality
Punctuality
Punctuality
October
Attentiveness
Attentiveness
Attentiveness
Attentiveness
November
Obedience
Obedience
Obedience
Obedience
December
Dependability
Responsibility
Dependability
Responsibility
January
Hospitality
Gratefulness
Generosity
Thriftiness
February
Orderliness
Resourcefulness
Discernment
Tolerance
March
Availability
Enthusiasm
Flexibility
Loyalty
April
Creativity
Initiative
Cautiousness
Thoroughness
May
Sensitivity
Sincerity
Boldness
Discretion
June
Determination
Diligence
Self-Control
Patience
July
Compassion
Virtue
Truthfulness
Wisdom
August
Compassion
Virtue
Truthfulness
Wisdom



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  • Research on parents as partners in education concluded thatevidence is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life. When schools, families, andcommunity groups work together to support learning, children tend to earn higher grades, perform better on tests,enroll in higher level programs, pass their classes, earnnecessary credits, attend school regularly, and graduate togo onto post-secondary education.[Henderson, Anne. T. & Mapp,Karen L. A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family andCommunity Connections on Student Achievement. 2002. p.7]

  • How will parents team up with ACE?
    • Mentoring for families new to the concept of home education.
    • Student’s parent/family collaborate with an ACE Academic Dean to set student’s Academic Instructional Marks (AIMS)
    • To reach AIMS, students attend 3 to 7 hours of weekly group classes, 1-2 hours per week of ACE provided inhome tutoring, & then w/ family assistance complete their assignments.
    • ACE sponsored family & teacher in-service classes covering wide range of topics.

  • ACE provides families with curriculum, guided placement, accountability, & opportunities for appropriate & supervised socialization
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  • During AIM (Academic Instructional Marks) meetings, parents & ACE staff will view placement assessments & determine appropriate level & rate for each student in language arts & math

  • Although group classes are generally divided by grade level (Grammar Stage = 1st – 4th; Logic Stage = 5th – 8th; & Rhetoric Stage = 9th – 12th), parents may request alternative placement to accommodate student’s particular needs

  • During AIM meetings, all students in grades one through twelve and their parents/families will be encouraged to discuss the student’s interests, talents, and dreams for the future. Subsequently, staff will present specific suggestions to the parent/family and student about possible enrichment opportunities to develop these areas.
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  • What is a Classical Education? This instructionalsystem was born in ancient Greece and Rome,spread throughout Europe during Medieval times,and by the 16th century was the accepted method ofscholastic training throughout the Western world.The majority of the philosophers, scientists, andleaders, including America's foundingfathers, were educated underthis system of learning.

  • ACE will employ aninterdisciplinary classical curriculumof instruction. The classical methodis a language and history intensiveapproach to learning that employs athree part process of training themind known as thetrivium -- grammar stage, logicstage, and rhetoric stage.

  • Classical training matchestechnique and subjectmatter to a child’sdevelopmental phases.
    • Grammar Stage - The "Grammar Stage" (grades 1 through 4), thebuilding blocks, or grammar, of each subject istaught. The mind is ready to absorb information,thus students will memorize basic facts: rules ofphonics and spelling, rules of grammar,mathematics facts, states and capitals, systems ofthe human body, presidents, famous poems, etc.
    • Logic Stage - By fifth grade, students begin to think abstractly and analytically; they are less interested in learning facts preferring rather to ask “why?” Cause and effect, the relationships among different fields of knowledge, and the formal study of logic comprise the “logic stage” (grades 5 through 8) of the classical approach.
    • Rhetoric Stage - The final phase of a classical education, the “rhetoric stage” (grades 9 through 12), is the culmination of the first two. Students learn to write and speak with force and originality drawing from their knowledge of the facts and the analysis techniques previously mastered.

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