Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)
Founded over 45 years ago in America, the ACE (also known as School of Tomorrow) curriculum has stood the test of time. Concentrating on effective methods from the past, it is being used in thousands of schools and many thousands of home schools in over 100 different countries worldwide. It is a complete, Godly, and individualised curriculum. A child may now start with the preschool programme and finish with tertiary College level material, receiving one of the three ICCE certificates. In other words, a child need never return to the state for a stamp of approval. In some countries, even secular governments have begun to set up School of Tomorrow learning centres within their state schools because they can see that the system works!
Since 1970 Accelerated Christian Education has published individualized curriculum and provided training in its implementation for children ranging from preschool through to secondary school. Students are tested diagnostically. Students are then placed in the curriculum in each subject at their own performance levels determined by the results of the diagnostic tests.
The unique format of the curriculum allows students to advance from unit to unit as they demonstrate mastery. Students move independently through the curriculum under supervision.
Accelerated Christian Education is more than quality academics. The curriculum is built on a theistic philosophical foundation. Students learn to see life from God’s point of view. Their personal relationship with God and their personal responsibilities to family, church, and community are of primary concern.
Principles of Accelerated Christian Education
The Four Keys to Accelerated Christian Education
The A.C.E. model adapts to the learning speed of your child. This is unlike the “state school model” where the class is lock-stepped regardless of the student’s academic abilities. The A.C.E. model allows the child to progress independently through the curriculum and not as a group. The conventional school model holds back the faster learner and forces all the students forward regardless of their “learning gaps”.
The child is given a diagnostic test to determine current academic ability and clearly identifies any learning gaps within all subjects. For example, the child’s English grammar may be above his/her grade level. However, their punctuation skills may be below grade level. The child is then placed in curriculum at his/her academic performance grade level in each subject and the learning gaps are then addressed.
- Goal Setting:
The Students learn through setting daily goals and are challenged by marking their achievement. This key to learning allows the child to visualize and plan daily progress. This unique discipline of A.C.E. places responsibility and accountability on the student for learning, thus establishing a lifetime appreciation for goal setting and achievement.
The Biblical value of excellence in all things we do is translated into mastering subject content. This is the foundation upon which all future learning is built. The A.C.E. model reinforces honest achievement that results in advancement. Students must master a minimum of 80% of the material (90% in Word Building) before advancing to the next step.
A Complete Curriculum To Meet Your Needs
In answer to today’s educational dilemma, highly skilled
personnel in the Product Development Division are constantly working on all
phases of curriculum development at Accelerated Christian Education.
Drawing on their experience, expertise, and knowledge of how children learn, Accelerated Christian Education staff research and develop curriculum that is highly motivational and challenging. Editors and proofers, working closely with the writers, review and polish all manuscripts. After final approval, word-processing personnel typeset the content, and graphic artists enhance the text with interesting and colourful illustrations and photographs.
Before printing, all curriculum is checked by quality control
personnel to assure the highest standard of accuracy and academic excellence.
For additional verification, much of the curriculum is field tested.
In all steps of the development process, current technology provides the ultimate in productivity with the highest standard of quality. Every manuscript meets educational requirements and adheres to biblical precepts.
On a parallel track, Accelerated Christian Education develops various state-of-the-art multimedia products. The Instructional Design Department develops material for Accelerated Christian Education Interactive Multimedia courses. Software Development produces developmental tools, educational programs, and record-keeping software. The Accelerated Christian Education Management System is a complete database program for schools using the Accelerated Christian Education program. The Audio/Visual Department develops various videos, and audio cassettes for training, instruction, and promotional use. A technical support team assists with electronic engineering and telephone support. All of this expertise contributes to a complete educational program.
The International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) has been available for several years in this country and is now being accepted by universities, both in the Uganda and abroad.
The ICCE is only available to students using the School of Tomorrow curriculum although some credit may be allowed for work to those coming late onto the programme. The certificate is available at three levels and has been used by ACE students to gain entrance to many universities including Uganda Christaian University and Makerere University.
The International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) exists to provide a qualification which validates the work of students on Accelerated Christian Education (ACE). It is a qualification for secondary school students across four continents. ICCE graduates gain entrance to universities and colleges around the world.
ICCE provides a qualification that successfully equips students for higher education and the workplace, while strengthening their Christian faith that is grounded in a confident, reasoned understanding of the Bible.
NCDC Uganda has stated that there are a few differences between UCE and ICCE curriculum .ICCE curriculum stretches a bit more in constituent components of subject menu, an indication of candidate knowledge and ability at each level. These differences however, do not indicate a major shortfall in competences acquired by the learner in either curriculum. The scope and depth of the content covers a wide range of subjects at all levels. The learning outcomes comprise requirements not only for knowledge and understanding but for the development and enhancement of higher order thinking skills. In view of tha , ICCE materials are in tandem with the Ugandan Syllabuses.
UK NARIC has stated that ICCE General and Advanced Certificates are comparable to the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) O and A Level.
There are seven certificates. The Basic Certificate is for students with special educational needs. The Foundation Certificate is designed for students working slowly or starting late. The General Vocational Certificate is for students who require a more practical course. The General Certificate (Academic) is for most students and replaces GCSEs. The General Academic Certificate is comparable to CIE O Level. The Intermediate Certificate is an interim certificate bridging the General and Advanced Certificates.
The Advanced Certificate is intended for university entrance. It is comparable to CIE A Level. The Advanced Higher Certificate is intended for high-achieving students who finish early to access more demanding universities and courses.
For further information: http://icce.education/
Our Senior students take the ICDL qualification as part of their ICCE Certificates. ICD is known as (International Computer Driving Licence) . ICDL is the international standard in end-user computer skills. It provides a practical programme of up-to-date skills and competencies consisting of 7 modules, each validated by a test. It is a high-quality, internationally-recognised certification designed, validated, and approved by international experts. Students take training on each module of the syllabus prior to taking the test for that module.