Starting and maintaining a Christian school is a large commitment, but the investment has substantial rewards that will last a lifetime for each child you reach. A.C.E. has helped thousands of schools get started and continue the vision of Christian education. Many schools that started over 40 years ago are still in operation. The combination of A.C.E.'s methodology, training, and procedures combine to offer a time-tested system that can be replicated all over the world. Today the A.C.E. system is used in over 140 countries worldwide.
"But," you may ask, “isn’t starting a Christian school difficult and time intensive? What about the costs? Wouldn’t a new school need to hire at least a dozen teachers to get started?” A.C.E. has solutions for each of these challenges.
With a traditional educational philosophy centered on the Word of God, A.C.E. has structured a highly adaptable school format that works for both small and large student bodies. The Learning Center concept allows students in multiple levels to learn in the same room, similar to the colonial one-room schoolhouse. With “supervisors” replacing the role of teachers, students can learn at their own pace with individual, one-on-one assistance. Students learn to take responsibility for their own learning rather than having information spoon-fed through the filter of a teacher.
Regarding costs, A.C.E. presents one of the most cost-effective educational programs on the market today. Not only can schools using the A.C.E. system operate on an affordable budget, they can do so with minimal staffing. Only a few supervisors and monitors are needed in Learning Centers—each of which can cover several learning levels. Learning Centers can also be hosted at a variety of venues. A simple, open room at a church or storefront could easily be converted into a Learning Center.
A.C.E. is a full program. It contains a system of learning, a Biblical self-instructional curriculum, educators' conventions, and ministry opportunities for students. Separate training opportunities assist pastors, administrators, supervisors, monitors, and other school staff.
When A.C.E. was founded in 1970, government education was quickly moving toward humanism, secularism, and atheism. Fast forward 50 years and the need is greater than ever for Biblically sound education. Let us help you or your ministry fill the need for a Christian school in your community.
Read the seven steps below to learn the basic process for starting a Christian school.
Contact the office of School Services at 1-800-470-8991 or [email protected] to schedule a presentation of the A.C.E. School of Tomorrow program. Representatives are available to answer any questions you may have related to the A.C.E. educational program.
The leaders of your organization should seek the Lord’s guidance before finalizing their commitment to establishing a Bible-based educational ministry in your community. Our representatives will help you fill out an application; sign and return the application along with your setup fee to School Services, P.O. Box 2707, Hendersonville, TN 37077-2707.
Training is an essential key to the success of your organization’s educational ministry. Set a training date for your school leadership team as soon as possible by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-800-470-8991. This training answers your specific questions and gives you a detailed “blueprint” for operating a Christian school.
With the information found in the A.C.E. Administration Manual, lay out Learning Centers and design student furniture. The Learning Center Setup section of the website contains the complete plans to build student offices, score stations, and computer stations.
Before opening, you will want to meet with your staff and plan the following events:
Prepare to watch God do some incredible things in the lives of your young people! A.C.E. is available to help you with ongoing educators' training each fall and dynamic student conventions each spring. A host of other resources is at your disposal. At any time, A.C.E. is only a phone call away at 1-800-470-8991. Our School-Start Specialists are ready to help you!