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Old 08-31-2009, 05:38 PM
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Does anyone have experience with private schools that use the PACE learning system?

I'm sending my niece to a pre-K, 2 days a week, then hopefully K and then on through 12 if all works well.

This is a Christian based private school with no more than 2 or 3 children her age. Seems to be more like paying someone to home school because its so intimate, but I'm trying to learn as much as I can about this PACE curicullum that they use.

They have websites that tout their stuff, but its hard to find a non-biased opinion. The Public schools here don't use PACE. Not sure if they use anything other than this feel good BS about not leaving anyone behind

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Old 09-01-2009, 06:48 AM
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Not familiar with pace, but I do think it is better to send pre-k kids (4 yo) more than 2 days. I think prep for K requires more than 2 days a week. Mine go/went 5 full days starting in preschool (3 yo) and at their school, preK (4 yo) has no part time option even.

For 3 yo's I think part time is ok though.
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What is PACE education?
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My little one started preK 4 this year. My wife is an educator with over 20 yrs in private schools. I've never heard her (or don't remember) mention PACE, but I'll ask her tonight and see what she thinks. that small a setting should be a GREAT education if the teachers are top notch.
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Sorry, I should have detailed, but as far as I know, PACE is derived from ACE which is
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Not really sure where the "P" comes from, but there are 12 books per year in the course and they are called the "PACE".

I don't know, sounds funky, but internet searches provide some positive comments and I think it was developed for homeschooling but also some private schools use it if the classes are small.

I know its an accelerated program with little emphasis placed on the actual "grade" your in. In other words, the kids are technically in Kindergarten, 1st grade, etc... but they accelerate the students as required.

Anyone ever hear of it?
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You didn't say anything about the teacher to student ratio, but it sounds like it is pretty low. I think small classes and a lesson plan based on the individual student (along with a strong support system at home) is the perfect environment.

Don"t have any specifics on Pace, but from what you say, I would not hesitate
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You didn't say anything about the teacher to student ratio, but it sounds like it is pretty low. I think small classes and a lesson plan based on the individual student (along with a strong support system at home) is the perfect environment.

Don"t have any specifics on Pace, but from what you say, I would not hesitate
as it stands right now, there will be 1 to 4 or 5 ratio teachers to students.

There will be 2 children her age but the teacher will probably be responsible for at least one other child. It is VERY small. There are only 20 to 30 students in the entire school between pre K and 12th grade.

Its just so different than I'm used to.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
Sorry, I should have detailed, but as far as I know, PACE is derived from ACE which is
Accredited
Christian
Education

Not really sure where the "P" comes from, but there are 12 books per year in the course and they are called the "PACE".

I don't know, sounds funky, but internet searches provide some positive comments and I think it was developed for homeschooling but also some private schools use it if the classes are small. She was actually teacher of the year twice in our city but when it came to me it was all my fault.

I know its an accelerated program with little emphasis placed on the actual "grade" your in. In other words, the kids are technically in Kindergarten, 1st grade, etc... but they accelerate the students as required.

Anyone ever hear of it?

My mother was a teacher in a school that used a system something like the one your talking about. The kids while in a grade could advance at their own learning pace so the smarter kids could move up as the average kids stayed on pace and the ones with learning problems or just slow to learn moved at a pace that was best for them. This way you do not hold back an entire class to teach to the slower learners. In their system the class was broken down into groups so one may advance out of one group and into the next as their learning pace dictated. This was the system for classes like math and English but history and those type class was like normal school. That system is much better then what is going on in the dumb down public schools of today. I'd say just about any private school is better than public schools of today.

PS. Even though my mother was a teacher she had no control of my lack of spelling and grammer.
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