Ace Program

Mission:

The mission of the Academic Curriculum Enhancement (ACE) program at Immaculate Conception Dardenne Catholic School is to focus on the unique needs of gifted and high ability students by providing an educational environment that promotes an exploration of interest, problem solving strategies, and critical thinking.  

Description:

The ACE/Junior ACE  program is designed to challenge the exceptional learner in grades 1-8.  Qualifying students will be given the opportunity to enhance their academic opportunities through activities that stimulate learning on a higher level.  ACE provides an environment that nurtures creativity and maximizes the students learning potential.

Eligibility Criteria and Testing Procedure:

  • Grades 1-2 Junior Ace Program:
    • Renzuli/Hartman Teacher Checklist -- filled out by nominating homeroom teacher from previous grade.  
    • KBIT/SAGES 2- Students will be given a brief intelligence test.  Students must score a 116 or higher.
    • Parent permission- Parents must provide written consent for students to participate in the ACE program.
 
  • Going into third grade, no students will begin the year in ACE.  ITBS scores will be reviewed after first quarter. If students qualify, they will be accepted into the ACE program.
 
  • Grades 3-8 ACE Program:
    • Iowa Assessments -- Students must receive a 95% or higher for their core composite score.
    • KBIT/SAGES 2- Students will be given a brief intelligence test.  Students must score a 116 or higher.
    • Parent permission- Parents must provide written consent for students to participate in the ACE program.
 

Re-evaluation:

Once students are enrolled into the ACE program, they will remain in the program throughout their remaining years at ICD.  The ITBS scores for all the remaining student population will be evaluated yearly to determine additional qualifying students.

Scheduling:

Once a student qualifies, they will receive direct enrichment 45 minutes, twice a week, in grades 1-5. Students in grade 6 will receive 40 minutes once a week, and students in grades 7-8 will receive enrichment two to three times per month for 40 minutes per session.  

Missed Classroom Assignments:

The classroom teacher should make an assessment of students proficiency in skills missed while attending ACE.  If student is proficient, work may be excused. If students are not proficient, the classroom teacher and ACE Coordinator should collaborate to determine what assignments are necessary for the child to be successful to gain skills missed.

 

Students having a Create Day, where they can use materials from the Makerspace to build an idea.
 

Students looked for Fibonacci patterns in the outdoor classroom, and found a turtle as a bonus.
 

Students made flotation devices to “save” a can of green beans.