Berean Christian School uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) Curriculum. You can view more information about A.C.E. at their website,
The A.C.E. program is individualized and non-graded. It is designed to allow each student to work at his own level of achievement, which may vary from subject to subject.
A.C.E. CORE CURRICULUM:
The core curriculum is a high-tech state-of-the-art curriculum package. It is the curriculum that the reading programs (Preschool with Ace and Christi program and A B Cs with Ace and Christi) prepare a student to enter. It is integrated with these “early years” programs to provide a quick start for beginning students. However, it will do much more than that. The A.C.E. curriculum enables the student to progress through high school, adequately preparing him for college or for performance in the working world.
The term "core" is used to distinguish the foundational courses from the enhancement courses in the A.C.E. expanded curriculum. The core curriculum provides the student with academics, skill building, reading practice, character and wisdom training, and knowledge of God and His Word.
CORE CURRICULUM PROVIDES THE STUDENT’S BASIC EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The core curriculum includes the six basic academic disciplines that provide a student’s essential educational needs: Math, English, Literature and Creative Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Word Building.
Each curriculum level course consists of 12 PACEs (Packet of Accelerated Christian Education). Normally a student will complete a minimum of 72 PACEs in one academic year; however, this will vary according to the student’s ability. The teacher, called a supervisor, will ensure that each student completes about the same amount of work in each subject. A student who is more skilled may progress at a faster rate. One who is slower is encouraged to do his best, but is able to work on his level of proficiency and proceed, as he is capable. Note: The core curriculum is enhanced with videos and computer software.
A typical student works daily on one PACE at a time in each of the six subjects, but the PACEs may be on varying levels, according to his achievement in each subject and according to the academic prescriptions based on his diagnostic tests. The chart on page 5 shows the correlation of school grade levels.
In the first six levels of core curriculum, the student is introduced to God and His creation. Through this frame of reference, many facts about the world and the universe are presented. Science teaches about God’s physical creation. Social Studies presents the world as ruled and ordered by God and history as “His story.” Math presents facts about God’s orderly world. English teaches the student the importance of communication in living for God. Word Building and Literature and Creative Writing reinforce English communication skills and provide practice for improving vocabulary and word usage. All PACEs were harmoniously developed to give the student academic training from God’s point of view concerning Himself, the student, and the world. Such orientation is essential in training children to be accountable to the living God.
Each PACE presents one of the ideal character traits of Jesus Christ – the world’s foremost example of how man ought to live. Sixty ideal character traits have been identified and are included in the PACEs. Each level of the curriculum presents all sixty of these traits, none being repeated on any given level. These character traits are presented in songs, in role-modeling cartoons, and activities. In each PACE, the student also is required to memorize a Bible verse that teaches the corresponding character quality.
Levels 7-12 build upon the foundation laid in the first six levels. Wisdom principles are interwoven with academics to build upon the character qualities learned. Because wisdom is the character of God in ACTION, the student is taught how to recognize and apply character qualities and how to put them into ACTION in his life. Wisdom inserts are included in each high school English PACE. These inserts are designed to help students see life from God’s perspective and to act as God would, were He in human form on earth today.
SPECIFIC HIGH-TECH EDUCATIONAL TOOLS ENHANCE EFFECTIVENESS OF CORE CURRICULUM
Students’ learning is enhanced by the unique computer-controlled vocabulary of the A.C.E. curriculum. Great care is taken to ensure that no student is exposed to a word that might hinder his grasp of academic mastery. When an academic concept calls for a new term, that word is introduced, color-coded in the text, used in an activity, reviewed, and repeated often enough in the text to facilitate mastery.
The core curriculum is replete with full-color drawings, photographs, and illustrations that add interest to the text. Maps, charts, and time lines are included to facilitate mastery learning. These visuals are carefully selected to provide spatial and chronological orientation for students.
To ensure learning, PACEs include activity questions covering the material presented. Students read a portion of text, complete activities, then are tested over that portion. In upper level PACEs, cognitive (thought) questions are presented to stimulate the child’s mind. The child is guided into right thinking, including logic and Biblical principles. Periodically throughout a PACE, Checkups are presented to reinforce and help the student recall what has been studied. At the end of a PACE, a Self Test is presented, providing the student an opportunity to measure what he has learned. When the student has successfully completed the Self Test, he is allowed to take the PACE Test the following school day.
This system of reinforcement through questioning, Checkups, Self Test, and final Test has proven to be a sound and effective means of ensuring mastery of academic material.
Students progress through PACEs at their own rate. The curriculum is truly individualized. Students learn the best way – individually. Students have the opportunity to learn essential academics and to explore truths about God and His world without being pressured to keep up with specific age groups. This is perhaps the greatest feature of the A.C.E. curriculum.
It is, therefore, understandable why A.C.E. presents its curriculum as THE learning tool for today – and the future.