Alliance College Experience-ACE
Alliance College Experience (ACE) provides eligible students the opportunity to experience more academically challenging coursework and to begin earning college credit while still enrolled in high school. The ACE program:
- Serves Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) high school students who have advanced beyond the level of courses offered on-site at ACA.
- Provides ACA students an opportunity to experience college with the support and oversight of an ACA advisor.
- Provides ACA students an opportunity to earn concurrent high school and college credit.
- Facilitates early entry into post-secondary education.
A committee of teachers and administrative staff members evaluates the ACE applications in the spring. Acceptance is determined by the student’s G.P.A., letters of recommendation from teachers, a student essay, and a successful previous college experience. For the 2010-2011 school year, there were a total of 20 student participating in the program.
National Honor Society
ACA has a chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). Students must be nominated by staff members and apply for membership. Established in 1921, the purpose of the NHS is to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated exceptional performance in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students attend bi-monthly meetings and participate in group service projects each year. A committee of ACA staff members serve as mentors for the NHS.
In recognizing the importance of supporting personal learning plans, we have established a network of tutors for our students in all grades. Individualized tutoring and small group instruction have helped our students increase skill levels across the curriculum. Drawing upon the expertise of our staff and outside vendors, we are able to match the academic needs of a student with a teacher who is highly qualified in that area. We also incorporate peer-to-peer tutoring with some of our high school students.
Community Service and Internships
As a school, we believe that community service is an important aspect of our children’s education that prepares them to become capable and responsible citizens. Internships provide students with essential “real world” experience that allows them to explore and develop skills in their areas of interest. We maintain a database of resources for community service and internships. We also gather information about where our families volunteer or intern together along with contact informatio, and guidelines for working with these organizations.
DonorsChoose.org is a web-based organization that matches up community donors with schools. This past year, DonorsChoose.org helped fund books for our ACA literacy program.
ACA has a strong connection with vendors in our community. Currently we offer classes in partnership with OMSI, Oregon Zoo, Oregon Coast Aquarium, OC Swim Center, Fine Arts Starts, Paul Angelo’s Drama, ballet studios, fencing studios, chess studios, and gymnastic centers. Because of the success of these programs, we are continuing to look for other partners to provide additional enrichment opportunities for our students.
Clackamas Community College
ACA has developed a working partnership with Clackamas Community College in support of our high school students. Credit recovery, in-house classes, and internships are a few of the areas in which we continue to develop partnerships with CCC.
Meadow Park Early Childhood Center (MPECC) is a unique environment, blending students of all ages with professionals from a wide variety of fields. Students have opportunities to enjoy a morning with indoor and outdoor play, exposure to art, music, science, world languages, nature and gardening, and a weekly thematic literature based unit. MPECC is currently serving 3 to 5 year olds. https://sites.google.com/site/meadowparkecc/home
In addition to our other programs, we have after school clubs that enable students to explore new areas of learning that enrich and support their individualized learning plans. These programs include Battle of the Books, Drama, Chess, Robotics, Destination ImagiNation, Junior Achievement’s Biz Town, and D.J. Academy.