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Contact Information (School Year 2019—20)
Last updated: 12/23/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2019—20)
At Atascadero Choices in Education Academy, we like to say to our students and families, “We have options!” A.C.E. Academy is a K-12 school within the Atascadero Unified School District, serving the communities of Atascadero, Santa Margarita, Creston, and California Valley. A.C.E. Academy exists as a fluid and highly responsive educational option for parents who desire, and children who need, a flexible and personalized learning pathway. We recognize that education as a one-size-fits all model is insufficient to meet the learning demands of today’s youth. Our goal is to use a variety of high tech and low tech resources, along with building strong and caring relationships to allow students to create their own paths to educational and lifelong success.
Why do students come to A.C.E. Academy?
Students come to A.C.E. Academy for a variety of reasons, and follow an application procedure that is continuously refined in order to best meet each student’s individual needs.
When a student is interested in transferring to A.C.E. Academy, they meet with a team at their current school to explore the reasons for the transfer. At the secondary level, teams at Atascadero Middle School and Atascadero High School hold a Family Support Team (FST) meeting. The goal of the meeting is to determine if the current school site can make accommodations, modifications, and identify any barriers to learning. A representative from Alternative Education -- typically the counselor, learning center teacher, or principal -- attends the meeting to provide input and answer questions about Alternative Education. At both the elementary and secondary level, the application for A.C.E. Academy begins at the student’s current school. If the parent and student want to continue to explore alternative education, they complete the application and turn it into the office. The counselor or principal then reviews the application, annotates if necessary, and sends the form to the Alternative Education Office.
When an application is received by Alternative Education, the Alternative Education Committee, most frequently the counselor, principal, and a teacher, review the application and student data, and, if appropriate, contact the family for an intake appointment.
Based on application data, the reasons that students come to A.C.E. Academy are as follows (not in ranking order):
- Parents want to Homeschool their children
- Failure to thrive in their current educational setting
- Physical Health conditions that prohibit the student from attending school daily
- Mental Health conditions (anxiety and depression mostly)
- Teen Pregnancy
- Desire to work
- The need to help the family at home
- Desire to accelerate credits and graduate early
- To concurrently enroll with our local community college, Cuesta College
- The student and parent believe that the student will excel independently without the distractions of peers at a traditional high school.
A.C.E. Academy, at the secondary level serves students who desire an alternative to the traditional high school or junior high school setting. We also serve residents of a foster youth boys home as well as a residential mental health facility. Students are placed in these homes from out of the county. We provide a teacher who teaches at the homes daily, up to three hours per day. If the students are able to attend school off residence, then the A.C.E. Academy team serves as the conduit, holding an FST meeting to determine the best educational setting for the student.
The A.C.E. Academy staff also manages the district’s Home and Hospital services. This program was transferred to our department during the 2014-2015 school year. The A.C.E. Academy staff meets with families of students who are in need of individualized instruction due to a temporary disability. If the disability runs longer than six weeks, then the team works with the family to transition to A.C.E. Academy, if the team decides that the educational setting would benefit the student.
The A.C.E. Academy staff has embraced the district’s new vision, and collaboratively developed the following statements:
At A.C.E. Academy, students, staff, and community collaborate to build caring, individualized educational plans. Through the challenge of independent study, enriched virtual learning, and diverse and flexible options, students will take ownership of their education, leading to excellence in learning, graduation, and personal growth that continues beyond the high school years.
Students will be college, career, and citizenship ready though
• Sharing responsibility for their own education
• Consistently completing their work
• The development of unique, personalized opportunities that enrich the prescribed rigorous curriculum
• The exploration of college, work, and extracurricular opportunities
We are committed to excellence by providing increased options for students and families who desire a non-traditional path toward a diploma and post high school goals. We believe that the talents of students, staff, and families working respectfully together as a team, can create educational paths of the highest integrity, that respect the individual, and lead to the highest levels of performance for everyone.
Atascadero Choices in Education Academy Goals
Increase student mathematics and English Language Arts achievement for students, grades K-12, as measured by multiple measures.
Increase the number of students who are enrolled in college and/or are employed upon high school graduation.
ACE Academy will have a safe, welcoming and inclusive climate that supports our students by providing social-emotional support and supports for our families by providing parent education.
Last updated: 12/23/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2018—19)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 12/23/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2018—19)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||2.30 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.80 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||24.60 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||4.60 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||30.00 %|
|English Learners||1.50 %|
|Students with Disabilities||16.20 %|
|Foster Youth||5.40 %|