Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) Qualifications
The Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) Curriculum has been in use at Tyndale Park Christian School for more than 10 years now. It was chosen for its Christian content and basis. It is recognised by NZ Universities just as NCEA is. It is a flexible programme which enables students to progress at their own pace. The ACE Curriculum is based upon five key principles of learning. These principles are fundamental for learning success and are the essential ingredients in the ACE programme.
The Five Principles of Learning
A student must be working at a level of curriculum where they can perform.
A student must set reasonable goals that they can achieve in a specific period of time.
A student must be motivated and managed effectively.
A student's learning must be measurable.
A student's learning must be rewarded.
The ACE programme covers six core subjects: Maths, English, Wordbuilding, Literature and Creative Writing, Science and Social Studies at primary level, plus Bible and over twenty elective subjects at secondary level.
Each subject is divided into bite-sized, achievable workbooks called PACEs (Package of Accelerated Christian Education).
Each subject consists of 12 PACEs at each level, from Year 1 to Year 13. [Tyndale incorporates ACE materials from Year 9.]
The PACE is a unit of work that takes two to three weeks to complete depending on the ability of the child.
"Time is the variable, learning is the constant"
Each PACE has specific learning, goals, objectives and intentions with a variety of learning activities and built in assessments, designed to ensure mastery of learning and to teach students effective learning strategies. Some courses employ video sessions to enhance the learning process whilst others are supplemented with computer software programmes.
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 unit of work.
The PACE forms the basis of the student's learning, from which additional learning activities, projects, assignments, resources and enrichment activities can be built.
While a set procedure for completing a PACE needs to be followed, it by no means limits or restricts the many ways in which this excellent resource can be used to cater for the specific learning style of each child.
Four Distinctives of the ACE Programme
Each child receives a personal Academic Prescription that allows them to progress at their appropriate level and rate of learning.Diagnostic Testing determines the particular learning needs and requirements of each child while the ACE material allows the parent to give personal and precise assistance where necessary.
ACE provides each child with the opportunity to actually learn the material they are studying. Mastery learning is essential for educational success. A student does not move on to a new concept until they have demonstrated that they have adequately learned the immediate material.
Biblical World View
Biblical principles and concepts are interwoven into all aspects of the curriculum. Each student is taught from a biblical perspective developing critical thinking skills that will enable them to discern what is truly "...the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2)
The ACE curriculum presents sixty character traits of Jesus into the curriculum and presents role modeling that promotespersonal integrity and character. This along with the practices and procedures, goal setting and routines, requires both parents and students to develop Godly character 24/7.
The ACE curriculum has been successfully studied by thousands of students in New Zealand since its introduction in 1977, and today it is used by many thousands of Christian Schools and Home Educators throughout the world. ACE is the only Christian based curriculum that has been recognized by the New Zealand Vice-chancellor's Committee for it's academic excellence. The ACE Academic Certificate Level 3 is recognised by ALL New Zealand Universities. The New Zealand Vice-Chancellor’s Committee has recognised the A.C.E. Level 3 Certificate with the following statement:
“This is to certify that the Year 13 [ ..now re-named Level 3] Certificate of the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) is accepted by New Zealand Universities for admission ad eundem statum at entrance level. This means that for the purpose of entrance to a university, the qualification is deemed to be equivalent to the officially established common entrance standard in this country.”
Obviously, for entrance to popular courses, the individual's personal grades will be used to select successful candidates. This is the same for all candidates, regardless of the qualification. The New Zealand ACE Certificates provide entrance qualifications to all institutions throughout NZ. The Ace Academic Certificate Level 3 is one of 4 qualifications recognised for entry to NZ Universities. The other three are: N.C.E.A. Level 3, Cambridge Y13, International Baccalaureate Y13.
THE NEW ZEALAND ACE CERTIFICATES
Accelerated Christian Education offers eight secondary school qualifications based on students gaining credits for work completed at various achievement levels using the ACE curriculum. ACE Certificates are available to students throughout the world, with the following currently available to students in New Zealand.
NZ ACE Certificate Level 1 (Yr 11) (17 credits)
NZ ACE Certificate Level 2 (Yr 12) (23 credits)
NZ ACE Certificate Level 3 (Yr 13) (29 credits)
NZ ACE Certificate Level 3 With Honours (Yr 13) (29 credits)
NZ Certificate of Achievement (Minimum) 5 credits
NZ Certificate of Achievement 1 15 credits
NZ Certificate of Achievement 2 20 credits
NZ Certificate of Achievement 3 25 credits
NB It should be noted that these certificates do not comment on the Christian character of the candidate.