Why Invest in ACE?
Imagine a school where bright children can feed their hunger for learning, as quickly and as deeply as
they desire. Where birthdays are for celebrating, not for qualifying to study a particular subject or a
specified level of information. Where trained teachers help the children understand and manage their
intensity, or perfectionist tendencies, or the difficulties of an intellect far beyond emotional
Stephanie Tolan has written a powerful metaphor of
gifted children as cheetahs.
The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth. When we think of cheetahs we are likely to think first of their speed. It's flashy. It is impressive. It's unique. And it makes identification incredibly easy. While body design in nature is utilitarian, it also creates a powerful internal drive. The cheetah needs to run! If a cheetah is confined to a 10 X 12 foot cage, though it may pace or fling itself against the bars in restless frustration, it won't run 70 mph. When given only rabbits to eat the hunting cheetah will run only fast enough to catch a rabbit. If a cheetah is fed Zoo Chow it may not run at all.
ACE strives to create an environment that allows gifted children to feed their minds, understands
when they need to sprint in the hunt and when they need to rest. That surrounds them with
similar minds. And that helps their hearts keep pace with and make sense of their racing minds.
Why a special school? Won't these students survive anywhere?
Public schools have a mandate to teach an enormously broad range of children. To do so requires an
inflexible curriculum not suited to the slowest or the fastest. Funding for gifted and talented programs
has been cut drastically in the past five years at both the
state(1) and the federal(2) level. Even prior to these funding cuts,
up to 20 percent of high school dropouts test in the gifted range(3).
Creating an environment where these students thrive is not easy! Your contribution can help ACE Academy to:
These children need us, and we need them to sprint forward at full stride to face the problems of tomorrow.
(1) This table shows funding data from the
2005-2006 Academic Excellence
Indicator System District Reports from the Texas Education Agency.
|Special education program
(2)The Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act is the only federal
program that specifically addresses the needs of gifted and talented children. From 2004-2007,
funding was cut substantially
so that for three of those years, no grants were given at all.
Davidson Academy National Statistics