The basic curriculum, which all pupils are required to study, has five core subjects:
- English Grammar/Literature
- General Science
- Social Studies
- Word Building
In addition, students engage in a wide variety of extra-curricular subjects and activities including Music, French, Art, British History, Geography, Practical Math and Science, Creative Writing, Computers and Physical Education.
We believe that the extra-curricular subject matter has a very important part to play in the overall development of the student. In order to give the student a well-rounded education, the extra-curricular subjects are offered in the afternoon and are especially designed to complement the PACE material. We believe that these extra subjects will allow the student to develop important skills such as: note-taking, essay writing, imaginative writing, practical skills in maths and science, musical and dramatic skills, public-speaking skills. As well as this, these lessons provide time for discussion, group interaction, project work, and research.
What is a PACE?
ACE has taken the conventionally styled textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable, work texts called PACEs. Each PACE is similar to a unit in a textbook. 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!
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.
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/tutor 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.
We recognise the importance of keeping all learning materials in accordance with the Word of God, and we strive to achieve the highest standard of excellence possible with the resources God has provided.
We also recognise the importance of the children’s personal, social and spiritual development so that they develop in a ‘holistic’ way.