Location: North Central Austin
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
Students served: PreK–8th grade gifted learners
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2018; maximum of 125
Model/philosophy: Mission: ACE Academy provides personalized education for gifted learners and cultivates a community of learners who relentlessly pursue inquiry with self-determination and resourcefulness. Vision: ACE students embrace complex curriculum, inspire and lead others with integrity, and confront challenges with creativity, compassion, and confidence.
Special features: ACE Academy is an independent, private school that offers gifted programming from PreK through 8th grade. Established in 2005, ACE Academy educates an underserved community of learners in Austin, Texas. A commonly accepted statistic is that gifted learners are those who score in the top 5% of IQ tests. A GT student can vary radically in specific abilities or areas (asynchronous development). Because GT children process information differently from the average student, they need a learning environment flexible enough to meet and encourage these differences. Their unique ways of thinking are assets that must be valued and encouraged, or they may be suppressed, hidden, or lost.
Schedule: 7:30am–8:10am, free morning care available for all students; 8:15am–3pm, school hours for Blue pod–Green pod (PreK–2nd grade); 8:15am–3:30pm, school day hours for 3rd–8th grade; 3pm–5:45pm, aftercare hours. Follows AISD calendar with some modifications.
Tuition: Blue Pod through Green Pod, $15,500 per year, M–F, 8:15am–3pm; Elementary and Upper School, $15,500 per year, M–F, 8:15pm to 3:30pm. Sibling Discount, $750; New Student Fee (one-time), $1,000; Enrollment Fee (annual), $750; Materials Fee (annual), $400.
Contact: Nicki Hollums, Director of Admissions | firstname.lastname@example.org | 512-206-4070
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