ACE Academy combines global perspectives with proven educational strategies that challenge
and support gifted learners. Hands-on learning and guided inquiry allow students to explore areas of
interest in depth and satisfy their need for discovery and mastery. Working in multiage classrooms,
students acquire a strong foundation in core academics while building corollary skills in information
gathering, critical thinking, research and independent study, teamwork, communication, and presentation.
ACE follows several guidelines for its curriculum offerings. After verifying that we have also covered the Texas Essential
Skills (TEKS) standards in that process, we then enlarge the scope of our offerings according to the
interests and abilities of our students. Creativity and the flexibility of being an independent school
allow us to be open to new content and approaches.
As a private school, ACE is not required to administer state achievement tests. We do, however, offer
a standard achievement test annually to measure each student's progress and to assess the effectiveness
of the learning environment.
What makes ACE special? Flexibility and sensitivity to student passions
mark the great teacher and the great classroom.
Our inquiry-based approach begins with students' questions about what they want
to know. Flexible teachers guide those inquiries but also allow for meaningful deviations. In our first few
weeks as a school, tremendous student response to a particular novel led to an 11-book exploration of the
author and his works. The reading detour was unexpected but highly productive. Students researched the
author's life, compared themes and characters among novels, and wrote critical comparisons of a body
of work: not the usual work of an elementary class.
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