The Academy for Classical Education
A.D. Williams was quoted as saying:” Imagine what 7 billion humans could accomplish if we loved and respected one
another?” That would be an incredible goal, wouldn’t it? It is a goal worth working toward; we think, and so we start each day with the ACE Student Declaration and the most important element in that Declaration is the statement: I will be the best version of myself.
That one simple statement very clearly states an ambition by which we can all live. Each morning this Declaration helps our
ACE Scholars focus on who they want to be for the day and what they hope to accomplish. They declare “we will work with
diligence and honor; we will respect ourselves and others; and we will seek truth, goodness and beauty in all things.” These
are noble aspirations for all of us to follow.
Many of you have been with us for several year as students and as parents, but each year we do bring in new students and
new parents and so it is important to remind everyone that ACE is a school of choice and we are so glad YOU chose ACE.
You apparently researched who we are, what we do, and you decided you wanted your child to be a part of ACE.
ACE has remarkably high standards. The very core of those standards is an expectation that students will work hard on all
their course work from the moment they arrive until the work is completed and often that means homework. We want ACE to be the hardest school your child will ever love because it is only through hard work that achievements can be accomplished.
We know that for young people to meet their full potential, they must be well-read, able to articulate their thoughts and ideas, and able to control themselves in all situations. Learning self-control is a habit that we develop over the years when we find ourselves making a mistake and having to face the consequences. In order to help all of our ACE Scholars and their family understand the expectations we have for one another; we provide this Handbook which also contains our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct very specifically provides information on behaviors that we see as problematic and the consequences. It is especially important for students to understand that their behaviors - good and bad - impact others. Our youngest Scholars watch our older Scholars and are in awe of them. That is a weighty mantle to carry! At ACE, we do expect the best from everyone. We ask all ACE Scholars and their parents to review this Handbook and Code of Conduct so that they too, understand our expectations.
We make no excuses for saying that we do expect our Scholars to behave to the best of their ability. We expect that of ourselves as well. We expect all who enter the doors of ACE to be the best version of themselves; to work with diligence and honor; to respect themselves and others; and to seek truth goodness and beauty in all things. When we all adhere to these expectations, the ACE world truly is a better place.
Please remember that ACE came about because there were parents in this community who agreed with us that there could be a better way to educate children. Parents who believed that as parents it was their job to parent, and the school’s job to educate. When both parties hold up their end of the agreement this works well. That is why we invite parents to volunteer at ACE. We want our ACE Scholars to see that their parents believe in the work they are doing and see the value in learning.
When the school and the parents are on the same team, wonderful things happen for children!
Here’s to a great 9th year!
Laura Perkins Esterine Stokes
Complex Principal/Founder Chief Academic Officer/Founder