An educational approach that focuses on individualized, student-centered learning, with an emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, and social and emotional development. It is a model that goes beyond the traditional school system and encourages students to take ownership of their learning through experiential, hands-on projects, and community-based learning opportunities. This model values collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills, and aims to prepare students for a rapidly changing world by promoting lifelong learning and adaptability.
ACE Academy’s educational pedagogy is centered on dynamic, holistic, and integrative learning. We integrate authentic tasks, prioritize emotional wellbeing, embrace inclusion, and focus on the whole child. Our adaptable, student-centered approach promotes ownership and pride in students’ accomplishments.
ACE Academy was formed by co-founders Chloe Clements and Jessica Johnson as a community-based response during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when there was little protection for students in South Dakota. The pandemic highlighted the educational inequities faced by marginalized communities in our area, and the pair felt a sense of urgency to address these issues in a way that provided a grass-roots solution. What began as an entrepreneurial interest quickly became a necessary pursuit of equitable and progressive 21st century education. Today the concept and their orginal vision has continued to broaden and be shaped by our community as the areas first community based school!
“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”