The A.C.E. PACE system
CCA uses the Accelerated Christian Education® PACE system. This system has taken the conventionally styled textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable, worktexts called PACEs. Each PACE is similar to a unit in a textbook. Each level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. PACEs integrate Godly character-building lessons into the academic content, and self-instructional activities are carefully designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning.
Students begin their PACE work by noting their goals, the concepts they will learn, a Bible verse, and a corresponding character trait. From the beginning of each PACE, they know what is expected and assume the responsibility for their own learning! Throughout the curriculum, the introduction of new vocabulary words is computer controlled so that no new vocabulary word is used without the student first learning its meaning and pronunciation. Also, these words are repeated a certain number of times to ensure mastery. Full-color explanations and illustrations add excitement to each lesson, and innovative learning activities reinforce the interesting text material.
Each PACE contains several Checkups, which are quizzes covering a section of the PACE. If mastery in an area is not achieved, the Checkup will reveal that weak area. Students can then take the time necessary to review and learn those concepts before proceeding to the next.
Upon completion of the activities and Checkups, students prepare to take the Self Test. Here students evaluate themselves, and a supervisor/tutor determines readiness for the final PACE Test. When the Self Test is successfully completed, the student turns in the PACE and takes the PACE Test the next school morning. The PACE Test objectively measures student mastery of the material.
Since 1970, A.C.E. PACEs have proven to be effective tools for goal setting and for achieving academic excellence.
We understand children learn differently. Each child is unique and responds differently to the learning experience. Therefore, we believe that a child’s education should be customized to meet their own unique and individual needs. This approach also permits us to be able to help students who may have learning issues that cannot be adequately addressed in a typical classroom setting. It also permits us to be able to challenge the student who excels in learning and is not challenged by the typical classroom for their grade-level.
Our curriculum is based upon the premise that no student should be simply passed on from one grade to the other, no matter if they learned the material or not. Each student is expected to make a grade of 80, or higher, on each test. If they score below an 80, the teacher sits down with them and ascertains what it is that the student did not understand or comprehend. Then, after reviewing the material to the point that the teacher believes the student has understood it, another test is taken which covers the same material. The test will not be the same as the first test, but will cover the same material. If the student scores above 80 on the new test, they are permitted to move on to the next section of learning material.
CCA believes that academic excellence should be within the financial reach of the average family. Therefore, we consistently offer the most affordable tuition costs in our area. We are committed to assisting Christian families provide a Christ-centered education for their children.
A.C.E. and CCA use the 3.0 grading system. This means that the grades are as follows:
A = 94-100
B = 88-93
C = 80-87
If a student makes less than an 80 on a test (or less than 90 in Grades 1-3), the teacher goes back over the material with the student to help them learn and understand what they missed. The student is then tested over the same material again with a new test. Once a grade of 80 or higher is achieved, then they move on to the next learning section. This ensures that the student actually learns the material and is not simply passed on to the next level.
Each CCA student, in grades 1-12, participates with our Dual-Enrollment program through the ACE Lighthouse Christian Academy program. Therefore, each course of study is accredited under their auspices. The LCA diplomas are accredited through three accreditation agencies:
- Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)
- National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)
- Accreditation International (Ai)Ai is a recognized member in good standing with the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the International Council for Education.
Accredited diplomas are given to students that have met all CCA graduation requirements. Many colleges have accepted our A.C.E. graduates. For a partial listing, click HERE.
For more information on accreditation, visit HERE.