The academically excellent, individualised Accelerated Christian Education programme has been used by thousands of schools and home educators all over the world for more than forty years.
The ACE curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of each child, the emphasis being placed on learning rather than teaching. Children are taught to take responsibility for their own learning and are trained with the skills necessary to take initiative and achieve their potential.
This curriculum is Biblically based, and goes from Preschool (4+) through to university entrance. It is supplied within Europe by Christian Education Europe Ltd and forms the basis for the International Certificate of Christian Education secondary education qualification.
All this, plus many varied events at the European Student Convention make ACE one of the most diverse and comprehensive Christian curriculum.
ACE has taken the conventionally styled textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable, work texts called PACEs. Each level of ACE curriculum 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! 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 section of work.
Upon completion of the activities and Checkups, students prepare to take the Self Test. Here students evaluate themselves, and a supervisor/parent determines readiness for the final PACE Test. When the Self Test is successfully completed, the student hands in the PACE and takes the PACE Test the next school morning. The PACE Test objectively measures student mastery of the material.
Electives & Expanded Curriculum
From Level 8, the ACE programme offers a wide range of enrichment and option courses including:
On average, a child will complete approximately 70 PACEs a year (60 at lower levels). Each subject is approached from a sound Biblical standpoint, acknowledging in every area the authority of the Creator in His Creation.
The following passages provide a helpful starting point. You may like to look further into these Scriptures for yourself:
Nothing! From early times, the church took a lead in the nation to support parents in training children in Godly ways, educating them for life. The first Universities were founded on the same basis. Only as the Church failed to uphold its God-given mandate did the State step in, with its increasingly secularised approach. Being Christ-centred is not ‘alternative’ education but rather true education.
The whole curriculum and way of looking at the world is based on Biblical principles, i.e. the world is God’s and was made by God. He has a plan and purpose for each person in it, all of whom are uniquely loved by Him. We measure all our teaching against God’s Word and show children how His Word applies to everyday life.
Yes, we should be right at the forefront: not putting our untrained, vulnerable children there. By giving them a sound Christian grounding we best prepare them to take their own God-ordained place in society.
On the contrary. Christian education presents children with the world in all its aspects, enabling them to relate correctly to it and to make a mature and Godly contribution.
At the end of each PACE a student is required to complete a PACE test. The student must score a minimum of 80% before being allowed to continue to the next PACE.
The student is responsible for marking their PACE. They do so by leaving their place of work and going to a designated scoring station.
Once they have finished a PACE, they take a PACE Test, which is scored by their supervisor/parent. At ICCE level, these tests are sent in for moderation.
Certainly, as it is important that each child is helped to reach their full potential. That’s not all though – character formation is vital, as is spiritual development. Each child needs to know and experience the love of God in a personal way through Jesus Christ and have their God-given giftings and potential stretched and developed.
Learning, in the ACE system, depends upon a number of interdependent factors. In order to explain these factors, the illustration of a donkey pulling a man on a cart is used and a series of ‘laws’ formulated.
The following Five Laws of Learning sum up the ACE academic philosophy as illustrated by the donkey and cart.
Law 1: How heavy is the load?
The pupil must be on a level of curriculum where he can perform.
Biblical principle: all children are different:”…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required…”
Law 2: How long is the stick?
The pupil must set achievable goals he can complete in a prescribed period of time.
Biblical principle: reflects good judgment: “For which of you … sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost…?”
Law 3: How effective are the controls?
The pupil must be controlled and motivated to assimilate, use, or experience the material.
Biblical principle: necessity for discipline, guidance, and responsible leadership: “Train up a child in the way he should go…”
Law 4: How hungry is the donkey?
The pupil’s learning must be measurable.
Biblical principle: motivation is that inner desire prompted by the concerned parent teacher: “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord…”
Law 5: How big is the carrot?
The pupil’s learning must be rewarded.
Biblical principle: measurable results and rewards relate to accountability: “…reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God…”