The Academy for Classical Education
Expectations of Conduct for all ACE Scholars
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character. Heraclitus
Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher who lived before Socrates and was by all accounts, a self-taught individual. He was known as the “weeping philosopher” because a great deal of what he said was of a serious nature. He is also known because he ascribed to the view that life is in constant change.
Welcome to ACE!
In 2014, we established a vision of a school where teachers could teach and students would learn. This will always be our primary vision and our mission. We also know that the long-lasting lessons that students learn at school extend far beyond the classroom. Those lessons include the ability to develop behaviors and qualities that enable a person to become a hard-working, honest and kind individual. Life is a balancing act and those individuals who are the happiest are those who learn to balance their vocation (taken from the Latin word “vox” meaning “voice” and the related word “vocare” meaning “to call” for those of you who studied Latin last year!) with their avocation!
Thus, part of your role here as a student is to personify the qualities that we believe reflect our school. Some of those qualities are perseverance, humility, kindness, charity, honesty, optimism, and integrity. We want all of us to espouse these qualities and more because we want ACE Scholars to be known as dedicated students who are also good individuals as well. In essence, we want you to be the best version of yourself!
In this book, you will find information about the daily occurrences, rules and procedures here at ACE. It also contains the Code of Conduct. If you are misbehaving then you are taking your mind, your heart, your spirit and your attention away from learning; in fact, you are then making it difficult for others to learn as well. Thus, you will find the parameters and the consequences for behavioral mistakes located here. We believe that as your teachers, counselors, media specialists, custodians and administrators we must be firm, fair and consistent in all that we do; we ask that you behave in the same manner.
We believe in much the same philosophies that Walt Whitman and Steve Jobs believed. Smart people question, disagree and sometimes denounce rules; however, we also know that everyone must learn at an early age how to disagree without being disagreeable. None-the-less, there are standards for behavior that ACE Scholars and in fact, everyone at ACE, must abide by. Remember, character is doing the right thing even when no one is looking!
Finally, always remember that ACE was established to create a place where teachers can teach, and students will learn. Anything that distracts a teacher from teaching and other students from learning will not be tolerated. This is our most basic premise. We are a school of choice and by choosing ACE, students and parents accept this premise as their own.
Here’s to a great 2016-2017 school year!
Laura Perkins Esterine Stokes
Complex Principal-Founder Dean of Instruction-Founder