About the Academy of Arts and Civic Engagement
ACE Focus Areas
Four-Year Program Structure
ACE is designed to replicate certain aspects of the college experience. Once students select a focus area, they embark on ACE’s four-year program structure.
Year 1: Education
Students learn core knowledge and technical applications of their focus area to achieve competence and become competitive career candidates.
Year 2: On the Stage
Students spend a year partnered with a specialist instructor in an independent study project that has real-world relevance and application.
Year 3: Co-Teaching
To demonstrate mastery, students lead underclassmen project teams. They are also now permitted to generate and execute projects on their own.
Year 4: Career Immersion
With our help, students are placed in an internship or mentorship that allows them to apply skills and nurture professional contacts.
Additional Support and Services
Leveraging school, family, and community resources, we do whatever it takes to make sure all of our students’ needs are met such that they are positioned for success.
We offer a wide range of educational interventions, including but not limited to:
One-on-one or small group tutoring
IEP supports, coordinating with school educators as needed
College and Career Readiness Services
In addition to nurturing the social-emotional skills that colleges require and employers demand, we also offer practical guidance to students as they apply for and prepare for college, including:
- Personal statement support
- HCZ scholarships to graduating high school students
- Resume writing
- Career development courses
- Parent college advising and supports
- Financial aid assistance
- College visits, sponsored by HCZ
- Summer college exposure opportunities, sponsored by HCZ
Health and Wellness
Fitness and nutrition courses are regularly available to ACE students and their families. Health educators also work alongside each student to tailor wellness learning.
Location and Hours
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