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Accelerated Christian Education

Accelerated
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Accelerated

Individualized Your child is infinitely more than a member of a group; they are an individual with unique past experiences, capabilities, interests, needs and goals.  In a group teaching situation, the student may be comparatively slow, average or fast.

The Accelerated Christian Education program is planned and directed toward learning and the individual; to the extent that the student can work on their own, at their own speed, according to their own experience and capabilities, so that they can accelerate toward their highest potential.

Each student works in their own private desk complete with ample study area, bulletin board, and student progress chart.  Dividers between students eliminate at least 90% of auditory-visual classroom distractions.  This allows the student to increase the level of their learning and to develop the ability to set goals and attain them.

Audio-Visual Conventional teaching utilizes at least 60% of the class time for group lecture purposes.  ACE eliminates lecture-teaching and accelerates learning through a combination of hearing, seeing and doing experiences which close out the environment and focus the student’s mind and interests on learning.  Advanced enhanced curriculum is added for supplementary learning.

All students, regardless of age or ability, participate in a reading program designed to develop perceptual motor coordination in reading.  The Readmaster (computerized reading program), developed by ACE, is used by the individual student who previews a story, views it as projected on the screen, and then takes a comprehension test.  Each student reads at least twice weekly on the machine at their own speed, advancing as their comprehension score permits.  By the end of the year, the average students (8 through 16 years old) read at 300 words per minute and 1/3 of the Junior High read at 600 words per minute with 80% or better comprehension.

Multi-Graded The conventional practice of grading and grouping students according to their chronological age is replaced by multi-grading.  A thorough program of testing evaluates the child’s level of vocabulary and skills in each subject and makes it possible to prescribe curriculum at their actual level of performance.  A multi-graded student may be working on seventh grade English, eighth grade Math and ninth grade Science, etc.  Students of relative social and mental maturity are grouped in Elementary and High School departments.

Self-Taught People love to learn, but they dislike being taught.  A person does not learn until he becomes personally involved actively in a learning experience.  ACE is not a teaching, but a learning program.  It is not teacher-centered, but learner-centered.  The curriculum is the source of learning, as ACE eliminates lecturing to accelerate learning.

Accelerated learning for students of individual ability is determined through diagnostic testing.  This shows where the student is academically and prescribes curriculum according to their individual performance.  The student then, provides answers for daily and weekly curricular work on his own.  This allows the student to work as fast as they want or as slow as they need in order to master the subject being studied.

The curriculum package is a unique combination of work exercises contained in PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education materials), videos, and text books.  Each PACE contains approximately three weeks work in a subject for the average student.  Since the teacher’s time is not consumed with lecturing and preparation, they are available for individual tutoring and counseling as the student encounters a need.

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Christian

Christ-Centered Promotion, admission policies, discipline, classroom decor, environment, staff philosophy, etc., are the first and foremost Christ-honoring and Bible-oriented.  The Bible is the resource of absolute principles of life and conduct.  Each day opens with the Pledge of Allegiance, Scripture reading, and comments from the Bible relative to successful living.  The Scripture reading is designed to enable the child to see life from God’s point of view.

Devotional group sessions permit students to communicate Scriptural principles relative to their level of interests and needs.  The self-image, self-acceptance, self-confidence, problem-solving friends, achievement, and success are viewed from a Biblical perspective.

Situation ethics and the new morality is refused and replaced by the absolute standards of right and wrong.  The student’s search for a meaningful experience is offered satisfaction as he is led to a personal experience with Jesus Christ.  Christ is taught as the answer to all student soul-searching through regular chapel services, and other special meetings during the year.  Individual effort is made to bring each student to Christ and develop an attitude and spirit of subordination.  The key to successful Christian maturity and learning is to see life from God’s point of view and finding His will for their lives.

Thoroughly Biblical The ACE curriculum materials are written by qualified Christian educators with a genuinely Biblical underlying philosophy.  Biblical character traits are written into the text of each PACE.  Bible principles radiate throughout the curriculum, rather that being added to it as an appendix.  All this is done through an academic “scope and sequence” designed to place ACE students well ahead of national norms on standardized achievement tests.

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Education       

Communicative Academics is not the child’s only area of talent which must be trained.  A truly educated person is creative, productive, and evaluative.  He must become skilled in forecasting and planning, and proficient in the arts of communication.  ACE emphasizes learning above teaching.  The student is  taught how to learn, where to find resources, how to use the tools of learning, and experience in communicating these findings.

Motivated Achievement People thrive on achievement.  There is a certain thrill involved in accomplishing something tangible with obvious results.  Students are no exception.  ACE takes the tools of academic learning out of the hands of a teacher and places them in the hands of the student.  Since the tools are tailored to their ability, a degree of success is certain.  The program provides built-in incentives and the child who succeeds tends to become more and more successful.  Nothing succeeds like success and success is the greatest incentive for achievement.

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Overall Results

Reduces Frustration, Repetition, Discipline Problems Children do not come to school as failures; they go home that way.  If a child is placed in an academic situation beyond their capability, they are headed for failure, and when a child begins to think of himself as a failure, they begin to choose to act irresponsibly.

Most delinquents are school failures.  Discipline problems in the classroom and a high rate of absenteeism are the direct result of frustrations which accompany the failure of  superior students who face boredom because their abilities are not challenged.

ACE reduces failure and boredom by eliminating unfair competition and lock-step learning restraints.  Prescribed curriculum, which eliminates failure, provides a breakthrough for the under-achiever and an open door of challenge for more academically inclined students.

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