Learning To Read
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/ THE CURRICULUM
The Accelerated Christian Education curriculum is the key to our success. In the A.C.E. curriculum, the student is introduced to God and His creation. Science teaches about God's physical creation, Social Studies presents the world as ruled and ordered by God, and History is presented as "His story". Math presents facts about God's orderly world. English teaches the student the importance of communication in Godly living. Word Building, Literature and Creative Writing reinforce English communication skills and provide practice for improving vocabulary and word usage. All PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education) are carefully designed to give the student harmonious academic training from God's point of view.
With the A.C.E. curriculum the conventional textbook approach is divided into bite-sized, achievable work-texts called PACEs. Each PACE is equivalent to a unit in a textbook. Each grade level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. This is a mastery based program. Students must master the material before moving on.
Our program consists of The A.C.E.'s core curriculum of PACEs: Math, English, Literature & Creative Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Word Building/Etymology.
We also have many electives to choose from including graphic design, computer science, public speaking, creation science, career development, spiritual gifts, Biblical worldview, civics, Guam history, etiquette/protocol (for boys & girls), keyboarding, domestic engineering, evangelism, foreign languages, effective note-taking, drama, photography, etc.
GRACE ACADEMY is also an active participant in the annual Regional and International student conventions, where students from A.C.E. schools, regionally and internationally, compete in an assortment of areas including the arts (including performing arts), athletics, and academics. Preparation for these events is done throughout the school year and plays an immense part in our educational system.
GRACE ACADEMY is truly unique in that they utilize the "individualized advantage". Unlike conventional school systems, where a child may be admitted to a grade based upon age, students are admitted by performance level, which is ascertained by undergoing a diagnostic test. This test tells our professional educating team the performance level of a child in each subject.
It is not uncommon to find a child more skilled in one area of learning and perhaps lacking in another; even having "learning gaps" -- where a student might have missed an entire key concept essential to his success later on. After being tested, the student is then prescribed a personalized learning plan to help him excel in all areas of his learning. He may continue to progress ahead in subjects he is skilled in, get the help he needs in other areas (filling in any learning gaps), and excel at a rate that works best for him.
With a system that allows a student to learn at his own pace, the motivated student is well-capable of completing a year and a half, and in an exceptional case, twice the amount of school work required for one school year. If the student is ready to progress ahead, there is nothing to prevent him from moving forward, going to the next grade level and beyond, or being held back by the learning rate of his fellow classmates.
Our learning team works one-on-one with each student, ensuring a quality education with no gaps, as GRACE ACADEMY is a mastery-based learning program (a student must master any material before proceeding forward). "F's" are not issued in our program.
After being prescribed a learning plan, the student may begin learning at his own pace using the A.C.E. curriculum system coupled with proper encouragement and motivation through our dedicated staff and incentive programs.