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Austin, TX
 

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3901 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

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October 25, 2014
When we attended the information session, we thought "interesting but not for us". To our surprise, we found we suddenly needed to take a closer look since traditional classroom setting was not working at all. If you are looking for a traditional classroom with all the kids lined up in rows and quietly working dutifully from a textbook/workbook, you won't get that at ACE. Seeing the struggles my child had prior to ACE made me sit down really hard and think about what my view of the end result of 12 years of schooling should be. For me - that is passion in their interests and focus on a growth mindset. So we looked for a school that we felt would really allow him to be passionate about school and that won't hold him back just because of his age or size. What we love about ACE is the flexibility but high expectations - and the emphasis on working hard. Our child is not prevented from learning just because his motor skills like writing are not as strong as the rest of his class... the progress he has made in just the last two months has been amazing. His confidence has improved - he is no longer challenged by other kids on his age or on what they think he should or should not know.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
We really like ACE a lot. There is nothing else like it in the Austin area. The school holds regular information sessions for parents. If you are interested this is a great way to learn more about the school. We really feel like we have found a school home for our child that will last till it's time to go to college. The staff have very impressive credentials and are also incredibly caring. They understand gifted kids and are ready to help them succeed from Day 1. Our child loves school so much an early bedtime is accepted willingly so we can be early to school the next day. I am so glad we found this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
I am writing this review as the Curriculum Director for ACE Academy. I maintain our accreditation status and review the school s curriculum. I can speak to the incredibly strong but flexible curriculum at ACE. ACE teachers follow concrete sets of standards to create courses that exceed milestones in learning. Here s what makes ACE better suited for gifted learners: we don t follow state or national standards blindly. We consult those standards and create our own. We then allow room in our curriculum for teachers to explore more deeply the lessons the students find most interesting. So, ACE does have its own curriculum one that is reviewed internally and externally by the nation s top accrediting body. It is a myth that accelerated learning requires increased homework. If you expect your child to spend hours completing worksheets or homework, ACE is not the place for your child. If you want your child to follow a textbook cover to cover, ACE isn't what you re looking for. We consult textbooks, but, for us, that s the exception rather than the rule. ACE is innovative and flexible while remaining dedicated to the curricular standards that shape our learning goals.

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2014
Austin definitely needs a school for gifted kids. ACE is not ready to be one of them. The school do have some great teachers, but it is very disorganized, no textbooks, no strong curriculum. As a parent of a gifted child, I do not believe in giving " freedom" to this type of kids. I think they need organization as much as regular children, if not more. Their "gifts" have to be channelled, not let loose to "create". At least I know it does not work for my child. The school grows in numbers, but not quality.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
I often say that if I could design a school for my son, it would look a lot like ACE Academy. They understand the special needs of the gifted and customize the learning experience based on their needs. My son is strong in science/math, but struggles with reading. In a regular school, they would hold him back in the areas where he excels. Special after school activities are designed for special interests: fencing, chess club, art, robotics, Legos, and even Hogwarts club. I am always impressed by the level of work they are doing and the pace at which they move. My 3rd grader comes home understanding scientific concepts I didn't see until high school or college. ACE also understands the emotional challenges of gifted kids and incorporates emotional intelligence and self-awareness work to help with issues like perfectionism or lack of focus/drive when things get hard. They hold parent seminars to help us all understand what our children are going through and need. I only go down one star because the physical building is not ideal, but they are working on building or finding a new location.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
While our son was at a fabulous preschool when he was 3 1/2, he was waking up at 3 a.m. on a regular basis wanting to read or play games, clearly short on the stimulation needed during the day. During his teacher/parent conference, his current teacher at the time recommended we investigate ACE Academy. So we went and once he started our lives changed drastically (sleeping through the night was a wonderful change!). He loved going to school, running in calling to me to "hurry mom". Our second son started at ACE when he was 3 as well and loves it. The flexibility your child receives in their education is invaluable. One thing you never want your child to hear is "we will learn that next year" or "you are too young to learn that", which you will not hear at ACE Academy. The teachers are so patient and often will redirect the lesson plans according to the interests in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
ACE Academy's wonderful teachers and staff have made a huge positive impact on my children and family. Using a strengths-based approach, they help kids develop to their fullest potential academically, creatively and socially. We believe that student feedback matters in developing curriculum. ACE's class offerings are are flexible enough (including such diverse classes as Latin, Emotional Intelligence, gardening, "history of zombies," etc.) to ensure a top-notch, well rounded education and to instill and protect a genuine love of learning that will last throughout our children's lifetimes. Though I would like to see more physical education incorporated into the curriculum, we have found the perfect place for our two gifted, quirky, outspoken boys to reach their potential and enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
ACE has been a wonderful experience for our family. It is amazing to see kids so happy to go to school each day!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
We are very happy with ACE Academy. We did ALOT of research. The one and two star ratings seem to come from families who pulled their children out of ACE because it wasn't a good fit. I have read all of the reviews and it mostly sounds like these families should have never enrolled at ACE in the first place. They gave us ample time and information about how the school is run. I suggest you take a long look at ACE to make sure it is the right fit. This is not a traditional school and will not satisfy parents who are looking for a more traditional learning enviornment. For us, it has been outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2012
The 3rd grade science class is taught by a PhD in Science Education, an IT professional, and a senior science major from UT.In 1st 6 weeks students do scale drawings and investigations measuring mass, volume, and distance.They use search engines for developing research projects in Word, Excel to collect and organize data, and Power Point to organize presentations of their work.They experimentally determine the % of water in okra, taste okra and learn about its history. They design germination and growth experiments, using fractions and % to describe their results. They currently have at a least three types of winter vegetables growing. They watch BBC and use National Geographic to learn about caring for their live Venus fly traps. They observe live mosquito larvae and discover the connection to birds/West Nile Virus.They play games to explore ecological relationships, and develop advanced vocabulary while learning life and element cycles.They also explore fossil fuels and alternatives. Students are integrating information age technology while analyzing data sets, discovering science for themselves, using sources and communicating ideas with the same tools that scientists use.

- submitted by a teacher
October 27, 2012
I saw a learning sequence in my son s 6th grade classroom in another school where the system gives all the teachers scripts to read, word for word, supposedly to improve quality control. It was on the food web of the Snowy Owl. The number of Snowy Owls in our area was equal to the number of students in that classroom who showed any enthusiasm for the highly scripted lesson that neither deviated to answer any questions nor provided any local animals. Is this the kind of lifeless curriculum and classroom I want? Not for my gifted child. ACE Academy enacts curriculum in a way that brings it to life for the learners. It connects to other core subjects, recognizes and values student questions, and fuels curiosity. To say that there is no curriculum at ACE Academy or the teachers are no good is much easier to accept for some parents than to admit that their own child can t keep up in a progressive school, which may also explain why the child continues to struggle academically even in a non-gifted classroom. This school is not a good fit for everyone. But it does have curriculum and highly qualified teachers recognized by a professional accreditation organization.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
There seems to be a good deal of misinformation in some of the other posts. ACE Academy went through a rigorous process of becoming accredited, in which their curricula, qualifications, and student evaluations were all reviewed by an outside committee. Teachers use a combination of resources and base many curriculum choices on the Common Core standards as well as best fit for gifted learners. ACE also uses a nationally normed standardized test for ages 8 and up to gage progress and look for topics that still need to be covered. It is true that not every teacher has been the best fit for this school environment, and those teachers do not stay long. I have seen so much progress in my kids and can't imagine a better school for them.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
I'll echo many of the same comments. ACE is an amazing concept and they have great camps, but it fails miserably as a school. They have no curriculum. That's right, no curriculum. So it's entirely up to inexperienced and unsupervised teachers to figure out what and how to teach. They tend to gloss over the fundamentals to do "cool" things and "go where the kids want to go". We left because we felt our child was backsliding academically, and boy were we right. Our son is at least one full grade year behind his peers in the public school (despite ACE's testing that said he was three grade levels ahead of his age), and he's outright failing math and reading. We're sick that we sent him to ACE and hope that we can catch him up with tutors (twice a week) and an hour a night of our involvement. All but one of the kids he started ACE with have since left for the same reasons. It's a shame that Austin's only gifted school is a failure. I d highly recommend you avoid ACE until it has a proven track record of success. Cool concept but it's way too risky to let your kids' education be part of a failed experiment.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
The administrators have a good concept, but are lacking in the supportive staff to implement their vision. Be sure to ask about the teacher's qualifications for teaching gifted kids. Many teachers do not have degrees to teach, or an education background. This is something to consider when looking for a school for your gifted child.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2012
The culture of learning and discovery at ACE is what makes it a place where kids are excited to arrive each morning, and to discuss and explore their favorite subjects and ideas with their peers. The ACE faculty are people who have pursued professional and academic achievement in their subject areas, and have come to teaching because they are just so excited about the material and passionate about sharing it with young people. The school is constantly involved with local and national programs in the fine arts, math and science, community service, etc., so students experience the thrill of competition and a greater community of learning, as well as discovering relevance and enthusiasm for the material from class. Teachers design the classroom learning to be as hands-on and multi-sensory as possible; the small class sizes and hand-selected student body mean that curriculum and lessons can be tailored to individual students' needs while still consistently meeting and exceeding state and national requirements. The opportunites at ACE give intensely curious and capable students a chance to learn from passionate, experienced teachers, and the results are always inspiring.

- submitted by a teacher
October 14, 2011
ACE is an amazing idea for a school. The parents are involved and the co-founders are passionate about their mission. A school that embraces what ACE does is so incredibly needed, but ACE just doesn't stand up to what it sells. Their teachers are VERY poorly managed and trained, and there is no curriculum unless the teachers write it themselves. They lack administration completely and need a true principal who can manage the school itself. Management by the co-founders (two parents of gifted kids that suffered at the hands of the public school system) does not work, regardless of how passionate they are. The school is not accredited either, and that can cause issues with transference to another school. The idea of a school like this is so incredible, but ACE does not do what it should in order to fulfill its mission, so please be careful before you put your gifted child or your twice exceptional child in this environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
ACE is fantastic, but I'm extremely impressed with the middle school. It's well organized and under fantastic leadership. It's a safe, challenging, and nurturing environment for my child. The pitfalls that are present in other middle schools do not exist at ACE. It's a perfect fit!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
I would like to clarify the requirements for qualification. Parents must provide documentation of giftedness either with a GT program acceptance letter from a public school or an official individual IQ test report. To say that not all of the students at the school are gifted is inaccurate and hurtful. The school works to combat the notion that all gifted children perform well in traditional academics. Some gifted children demonstrate a high level of functioning in all areas, but many show strength in only some areas. In some cases, a learning difference or disability may mask otherwise high cognitive functioning. Furthermore, many siblings demonstrate differences in learning style and areas of strength. This does not indicate a difference in intelligence. Siblings of current students are required to go through the same admissions process as the first student, including testing.

- submitted by a teacher
August 05, 2011
I have been a teacher at ACE Academy for three years now, and I have found it to be a marvelous environment for gifted students. Placement in a class is never based on their age, but rather on their demonstrated ability for the subject, and the school makes every effort to be flexible so that students with extraordinary aptitude for certain topics can move faster and pursue more advanced material. I had a 4 year old in my math group last year who kept up with the 8-10 year olds, and he loved the class! ACE students cover all of the classes that you would expect, but are also offered lots of unique choices for electives. Even within their classes, students are given a plethora of options. Teachers are trained to allow their student to approach a project or show mastery of a subject in several ways. We don't expect every single student to do the exact same project in the exact same way. The students at ACE are taught by an outstanding team of dedicated teachers. We constantly embrace new ways of teaching and keep an open mind while addressing the quirks of these intense children. We are supported by two hard-working cofounders, a talented staff, and a highly active parent community.

- submitted by a teacher
July 25, 2011
I was an assistant in the Pre-K class last year and my son goes to ACE. I think that ACE is an excellent school that encourages creativity and independence. The teachers work hard to help every student succeed and the students love school. The classes are small and the parents are involved.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
Wonder why there is so much wide opinion - teachers saying school is great - parents saying "1 star" ... wonder what is going on - i would stay away from school !

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2011
I am a teacher at ACE and a parent. My children attend in the elementary and high school groupings. Two of my children qualified by Wechsler testing and our other child was previously in a gifted and talented program at another private school. To comment for the high school ... Our son has received college-level instruction in history and writing mechanics, and daily tutoring in geometry (for free). The one-on-one in Latin instruction is superb. The fledgling debate team this year was a fantastic experience. The music/drama instruction at all levels is (I believe) the best in the city. Our son has adored Shakespeare at Winedale as well as being a lead in the school play this year. Staff assisted him daily with learning his lines. Our middle child has received outstanding one-on-one support from Tabitha Molett, the head of the Middle School. Her writing and grammar proficiency have jumped leaps and bounds under Tabitha's expert guidance. Our youngest child has developed a love of journalism and photography in the elementary photojournalism class. ACE has been a wonderful experience for our family.

- submitted by a teacher
May 11, 2011
Could you please provide more info about the private school your child goes to? We are looking for a good school for our child who is also gifted. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
As a staff member at ACE, I have to say that I've never seen such a brilliant and dedicated group of people. This is a school pioneering into a neglected and underserved area of education. The program that is being built is at once groundbreaking, unique, and deeply sensitive to the individual needs of the children, reaching far beyond the "norms" to join research validated best practices for instruction with our own innovations and programs. The leaders and teachers are filled with the greatest passion in their work and compassion for their students, and are blessed with the support of dedicated and engaged parents. The classes are active and high energy - for a reason. It's how our students learn. We don't believe in straight rows of desks and worksheets; we believe in depth and creativity. I'm proud to work at ACE Academy, I'm constantly inspired by my coworkers, and I dearly love my students. Their happiness and development is my highest priority. That's the philosophy at ACE: we live to serve the social, emotional, and academic needs of our special group of kids. It's thrilling to be a part of this venture; we aren't just workers, we're builders and we're LEARNERS ourselves.

- submitted by a teacher
March 20, 2011
Our first year was wonderful. Incredible teacher, challenging but fun classwork, made some good friends, etc. We were willing to disregard the lack of organization, some unprofessional teachers, and lack of communication until this year. Most of the teachers are both young with little experience and have little or no training with giftedness. Though some teachers are extraordinary, there are also some who are untruthful and unprofessional. I witnessed a teacher yelling and mocking a parent, and another teacher misleading the Heads of the school so she would not have to take responsibility for her lack of communication with said parent. Heads of school are so busy "growing" the school they do not seem to care about the concerns of parents and students already there. There is obviously a need for GT schools, and that is why there is such growth. However, the unprofessionalism(Heads and teachers), incredible disorganization, lack of communication(teachers/Heads with parents), and lack of any template for curriculum(even gifted kids and their teachers need some guide) make this school inadequate. What is the rate of returning students versus new students?

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
Our daughter is having lots of fun and enjoying the change of pace from traditional schooling.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 09, 2010
Disorganized, Disorganized, Disorganized! The main reason we chose ACE was hoping it would provide a better education and environment for our gifted child. But we became more disappointed. Administration and co founders have troubles in communication skills, customer satisfaction, one of the co founders focusing on the punishment by ignoring the parents if she does not like one of them it s very clear that she has lack of behaviors. So they settled for less to expend school to the size they wished for do not know what it is doing and tends to get defensive. *Disorganized, chaotic*. Not worth the money at all!! Many teachers are parents without much of teaching experiences. School functions are not organized. Not a nice learning environment for gifted. Need a new administration and principles but since that would be impossible here. We hope another well educated co founder s start opening a new gifted and talented school in austin based on high quality and mission statement.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
We are new to ACE this year and in the pre-K class. My daughter loves school, loves her teachers, loves getting up in the morning to go to school and loves all her friends in class. We are very happy and feel it is the perfect fit for our daughter. We were looking for a place that was very nurturing & where the student/teacher ratio was low. I'm unclear what the other reviewers are referring to regarding the communications issues. I experience the opposite. The head of the school sends out weekly emails. It is a very personal type vibe at the school with an open door policy to speak to administrators anytime. My only negative is about the holiday schedule. ACE observes AISD scheduling and also observes Jewish and Christian holidays so with all that there are many days off of school.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
We were happy with ACE before the current school year, but things have unfortunately been going downhill lately. The problems with communication and organization, which have always been there but could be overlooked as growing pains, have gotten worse instead of better, and the situation has been exacerbated by issues with teachers we hadn't had before. Very different experience this year compared with last.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2009
My child is a middle school student and I'm so happy with the great group of peers. Really nice kids and excellent teachers that are teaching leadership among the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
My child attended ACE for 3 yrs. Overall, my experience with ACE was positive. We left ACE mainly because my child became pretty much the lone student at her academic level. The teachers were very willing to accommodate, but we realized that there might be limitations. ACE is a growing school and they had started earlier so my child would not have landed in this situation.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
I'm surprised by some of the negative reviews here. What school wouldn't have growing pains with this kind of growth? I see organizational improvements with clear goals in place. Our child was new last year and I can't even begin to describe the positive changes he has gone through thanks to ACE. Our child went from disliking school (recess was previously his favorite 'class') to not being able to decide if science, language arts, robotics or chess were his favorite. His confidence in his own abilities have sky-rocketed and his little personality is slowly emerging. Friends, relatives, neighbors have ALL noticed a big difference. Having had another child at a major private school in Dallas as well as one of Austin's top rated school districts, I am amazed at what ACE has accomplished in such a short amount of time. Tuition is on par with other private schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
This school was an absolute lifesaver after a horrid experience at a private school. It is wonderful to have a child go a school where it is okay to be smart.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
After a really awful semester at the local public elementary school, my child thrived at ACE. The teachers and administrators went out of their way to accommodate my child's needs, and they provided me with important feedback about my child's academic and social progress. My child still remembers ACE fondly, especially the way the teachers used interesting and challenging projects to teach fundamental concepts. My child was never bored at ACE. If it weren't for the fact that we live fairly far away and find the tuition costs prohibitive, my child would still be there. (Fortunately, my child is now thriving at a different public school, but no school can match the richness of the curriculum and variety of experiences offered at ACE.)

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2009
My child is in one of the higher grade levels and just is not being challenged. We have no textbooks, only read 2 books all year (grade level historical fiction), and made it only about a third of the way through the math curriculum. At the middle and high school levels, a school has to prove it can provide at least a comparable curriculum to public schools if it hopes to prepare kids for college. I think Ace should focus doing younger grades exceptionally well and not all grades with mediocrity.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
My son attended ACE this year and loved it. His peers were bright, sensitive, funny and well-mannered. His teacher diversified for all of the children and was truly committed to the learning of each and every child. The school encourages creativity and individual interests. My son was shy and withdrawn at his last school, due to a strict teacher who valued conformity over individual achievement. He is now confident and loves learning. ACE is still about the success of the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
Our son developed tummy aches at his prior school; he was so unhappy. At the end of the year evaluation they proudly showed me how he could count to a 100. They had no idea that he could add/subtract/divide/multiply etc to a 100 as well. ACE is young and has some growing pains but we have found the school very receptive (eg they made it a nut free school since some of the children were allergic). We just really like everyone at ACE as well - the parents are great, teachers are young but committed and caring (and most importantly, they understand the concept of gifted). RE: organization; they are working on it. But where else could your preschooler have met an Olympic gold medalist, gone to the opera, and hear a private concert from Tuvan throat singers? Beyond all, we're grateful for a place where our son thrives.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
As a teacher at ACE Academy, I have been in a position to see the administration in action, solving problems, planning curriculum, creating programs, and adapting to our students' needs. The staff continues to grow and thrive. We are a happy diverse, engaged group of teachers, aides and administrators. I hope that any parent of a gifted child will look into this wonderful resource.

- submitted by a teacher
May 13, 2009
This school is still evolving but while our daughter has been there this year, we have seen so many positive changes. The amount of feedback from the school I have heard complaints about has improved and is now great. I have never felt this semester that I do not know what is going on at the school. I think they are getting their systems in place and doing a great job. Our daughter for the first time LOVES school! She has been to 2 others and always gave us excuses why she didn't want to go. Now she is upset when it is the weekend. She is so excited everyday and feels challenged daily. The topics she comes home with and wants to discuss are amazing. Her peer group is such a good mix and she truly feels every student is her friend. Awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2009
Behavior in the older classrooms is rowdy and unruly and the quieter kids often get entirely drowned out.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
I have 2 children here now and we have been very happy. I think all the negative comments come from parents who can find negativity about anything. The school is growing and expanding and the administration truly cares for the development of a great school. They can't please the whims of every parent and I think the low reviews come from people who didn't get their way. I am glad the administration is willing to stand up for the standard they have set. This school was a blessing for our older child who would not be happy if we had to send her back to our public school. Both are eager and happy to be at school and enjoy learning instead of drilling.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2009
If you have a child who is actually gifted or profundly gifted, ACE is the only game in town. The other schools we have tried (both highly touted public schools, magnet schools, and other more expensive private schools) talk a good game but they are all normed to the middle of the bell curve and my kid got bored in a day, completely turned off in a week, and complained every afternoon when she got home. At ACE she stays involved and interested all day and is happy when she gets home. I think I know some of the other parents who have written the bad reviews. They define 'unresponsive' as 'the adminstration had its own ideas about what was best and failed to do what I told them immediately', and consider a whole class of kids excited competing to answer questions as a discipline problem.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
Our son just started his 3rd year at Ace and, while the school is certainly not perfect, we consider ourselves lucky that a school like Ace exists in Austin. If you have a gifted child, especially HG/PG, and are looking for a school that will understand your child, Ace is the place. No doubt, there are growing pains and administrative 'challenges', but when the alternative is a school that doesn't really understand what your child needs and requires constant battles/advocating on your part to obtain a sub-par education, Ace truly is a dream come true. The co-founders, parents of grown-up gifted kids themselves, created the school because they know what it is like to have a child whose needs are not met by the various public/private schools that exist. Ace provides an opportunity for gifted children to move at an advanced pace and to actually learn something new everyday.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2008
I too had an awful experience at this school with my child. The administrators definitely are not receptive to feedback. Their hiring of subpar teachers and grouping kids based on age (from chess to language arts) and not ability was so frustrating! Two other frustations I had - the behavior of the kids and the lack of effective discipline. I heard so many aministrative excuses but never saw effective changes anywhere. Finally, the administrators kept bringing in more kids with special needs - no problem if they are not disruptive but the kids kept getting more dysfunctional. Some of the kids (and teachers!) should have been asked to leave. You need to visit the school several days before you make a decision.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2008
The main reason we chose ACE was hoping it would provide a better education and environment for our gifted child. But after 2 years, we became more disappointed every year. ACE is close to where we live, it's convenient, but we wish there was a better school for gifted out there, or if any parents know about, please let us know. Grouping kids with their math levels doesn't justify each child's needs. Science was not very creative, no lab, no experiments. ACE emphasized too much on one particular subject, such as math, and totally lost ground on educating a wholechild. I am not sure how these kids will turn out after ACE. - Not a happy parent.

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June 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2008
Same as below. Administration does not know what it is doing and tends to get defensive. Lack of communication between staff and parents. Disorganized, chaotic. Admin. More concerned with recruiting than addressing concerns of parents. Not worth the money at all!!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2008
Agree with many parents' reviews here. The idea of putting gifted kids together is great, but the fact is that school admin has troubles keeping and getting gifted kids, so they settled for less to expend school to the size they wished for. Majority of kids are not gifted. The gifted are bored and not challenged as they should be. Many teachers are parents without much of teaching experiences. School functions are not organized, field trips notice were sent to parents a day or two before the event. Not a nice learning environment for gifted. Need a new administration and better qualified teachers.

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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
Electives:Span,Art,Music,& Latin could use overhaul. Children r not challenged here(seen it 1st hand). Admin. needs 2 do better job of hiring qualified instructors & not rely 2 much on parent-teach with minimal/no teaching exper in electives. *No director -'Administration' is trying 2 run a school on less than PT directing. A FULL-TIME director would solve diciplinary issues, lack of communication, class scheduling, placement, & financial issues. No director running the office for 90% of the day (recently a sec answers phone) * lack of communication when it comes 2 subj matter taught, overall news with the school & it's goings on, field-trips tend 2 spring up suddenly, some changes r made & parents rarely know. -- Parents willing 2 help w/time & $, can't rely on that 4ever. Admin is well intended but we need more than good intentions & it isn't going 2 happen w/out qualified director. Tuit 10K+

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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
The sales talk is great but the reality is that the school has a very stressed environment. The administration doesn't know what they are doing, and it is obvious from their dealings with parents. There is a tendency to blame the children for incompetence that really lies with the school. The parents accept substandard education for a high price -- mostly because they are convinced that no other environment will work for their gifted child. The ramification is a lot of gossiping, complaining, and frustration. Not a nurturing environment at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
My kid has been at this school for the past two years and overall, we love it. There is individualization of curricula, but there is still some grouping present. Spanish has been a disappointment, but Math and Language Arts have been great! The directors are receptive to feedback and have recently introduced Latin, which has been well received. Science was off to a slow start, but has picked up speed lately. Negatives: Number of kids is still low, so choice of company is limited. Similarly, the discipline can improve a little bit as well, though I am not a believer in over-discipline.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
As a student I have found this school excellent in terms of academics, but the choice of company has been a disappointment. Some of my classmates are disruptive not only during break but during class hrs too, although there is rarely inappropriate conversation. All of my teachers are understanding of me and have good teaching methods. As I love challenges, I get them in almost every class except Spanish. The Friday Latin class is challenging, fun, and informative. In my opinion, my algebra, science, and LA teacher are super! Overall, Ace has been a huge improvement over my previous school, and has played a significant role in my education

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2008
My gifted preschooler is thriving at ACE Academy. These children are innately driven and intensely curious - qualities that can lead to great success, but also to profound isolation and stress. ACE works hard to nurture the whole child - academically, as well as social and emotionally - so that the students can feel secure to explore, risk, and thrive. As in any start-up environment, flexibility and patience are required of all involved - parents, teachers, and students alike - as ACE continues to establish itself as a vigorous and positive community for the gifted learner.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2008
My pre-schooler has been very happy at ACE. The co-founders have a great idea and are striving to meet the needs of gifted kids. It is a daunting challenge to start a new school, and gifted kids are a demanding group.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
I too have 2 children attending this school (pre-K and kindergarten) and have been a very active volunteer in the class rooms. The children are amazing, the teachers are phenomenal and inspiring, and the environment for learning is wonderful. There may not be homework given in pre-K aside from nightly reading, but I find that to be age-appropriate. They will get homework for the next 12 years, I don't believe it is needed at age 4. These children are bright and absorb like sponges, they don't need to be drilled at such young ages. We are very happy with the sense of community and the dedication by staff, administration and parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
Please do not let the negative reviews posted here influence your perception of ACE. (You can easily judge for yourself by attending an information session held on the second Wednesday of each month.) We have children at the school and could not be more pleased with the staff and curriculum. Obviously this will not be a perfect fit for all, especially those wanting a rigid structure with a heavy workload. ACE offers a traditional teaching approach in a nurturing environment. It is dedicated to a broad-based curriculum that appeals to a child's natural curiosity and fascination.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
This school is not just for gifted children. As it said on its web site, it's for high-achiving students. So, don't think it's for gifted only. I have 2 kids in this school. My older child is tested gifted, but the younger one is not quite, school accepted both of them. As a parent, I appreciate School gives me the convenience to drive to one school instead of having to drive to 2 separate schools for 2 kids. Over all, this school is ok. The pre-k is very much like a regular pre-k you would think, not much work to no work. But the kinder class does give some work at school. Tuition is a bit high, that's the bad side of it. Another negitive is the gender: the entire school is mostly boys.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2008
Kids are out of control most of the time during the day. No classroom rules what so ever. Lack of experience is a main problem.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
Our son has been attending ACE for two years now and it has been a fantastic experience for him and for us. The faculty is really committed to these students growing both academically and emotionally.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
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ACE Academy gained an unconditional full accreditation status through AdvancEd (SACS/CASI) in the spring of 2012. This accreditation means that all aspects of the school, from teaching methods to curriculum to facilities to parent and student involvement, were evaluated and met the high criteria for accreditation by this nationally recognized organization.

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ACE Academy
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX  78756
(512) 206-4070
Last modified ACE Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
ACE Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top