Two-Week Onboarding Program
The Two-Week Onboarding Program is our Signature Program and simulates what students can expect to experience the first semester of college while preparing them for the rigors of college. Some of the strategies and skills students learn include time management, goal setting and self-motivation, test-taking strategies, reading comprehension strategies, how to study effectively, psychological and physical wellness, and other skills and tools needed to succeed in college. Students work individually and in teams which is often a requirement for many college courses. They learn how to deal with different levels of expertise, diverse cultures, and customs, and are tested on their knowledge and comprehension through homework, exams, and presentations, and are graded based on their effort—over 80% of students who participate in the Two-Week Onboarding Program graduate with a 3.0 or higher. Classes are limited to 30 students.
5-Day Onboarding Program
The 5-Day Onboarding Program is a modified version of the Two-Week Signature Program but doesn’t simulate what students can expect to experience in their first semester of college. Students are introduced to the ACE Concepts and the Four ACE Pillars and the basic strategies and concepts in the Signature Program, including homework, exercises, and presentations, but have limited time to practice the skills learned or cultivate the necessary discipline and stamina required of a college student. Classes are limited to 10 students.
3-Day Introductory Program
The 3-Day Program introduces students to the ACE Concepts and the four ACE Pillars and includes an overview of the strategies and concepts outlined in the Signature Program. Students gain the tools and knowledge but have minimal opportunity to apply them or cultivate the necessary discipline and rigor required of a college student.
Other Support Programs
Many students enter college unprepared for the rigors of STEM classes and often need additional support in conjunction with campus resources. ACE offers introductory tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry to better prepare for college-level science courses and reduce anxiety. Students learn terms and definitions during the tutoring sessions, which enable them to start college-level classes with a level of confidence that they can be successful. During their tutoring sessions, they can review their homework assignments, prepare for exams, and ask questions they may otherwise not feel comfortable doing in larger classroom settings. Group sessions are available during both the summer and winter break and one-on-one during the academic year.
Math and Science Tutoring
ACE offers tutoring in math and science to help students build confidence in their capacity to master the rigorous coursework. ACE tutoring support includes but is not limited to calculus, general chemistry, and molecular biology. ACE's tutoring services are not in place or used as a substitute for campus resources. Students may receive up to 3 hours of specialized tutoring or one-on-one tutoring during the academic year.
The Power of Choice
The Power of Choice teaches students how to examine their decision-making process by understanding what motivates them. They explore the differences between Inactive, Reactive and Proactive decision-making processes, and how they pertain to their decision making process. Utilizing a process to help them choose wisely, and understanding the consequences of their choices, students also learn how to identify obstacles that get in the way and how to develop strategies to address them.
Parents are introduced to the ACE concepts and methodology as well as the partnership between ACE and the students academic success. It also provides parents an opportunity to share and discuss their concerns while learning strategies on how to provide direction, guidance, and academic support. Topics include top ten challenges new college students face; guidelines for providing support; how to keep the lines of communication open and how to be social media savvy.