For our educational curriculum at Still Waters Christian Boarding School, we utilize
Accelerated Christian Education
(commonly called A.C.E.)
A.C.E. Core curriculum provides students with academics, skill building, reading practice, character and wisdom training, and a knowledge of God and His Word. This complete package begins with reading development and progresses through high school, giving students a solid foundation for pursuing their life goals.
A.C.E. has taken the conventionally styled textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable worktexts called PACEs. Each PACE is similar to a unit in a textbook. Each level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. PACEs integrate Godly character-building lessons into the academic content, and self-instructional activities are carefully designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning.
Unlike a classroom setting where a teacher lectures the students, A.C.E.’s curriculum allows students to read the material for themselves, answer questions, and then test comprehension of the subject. Whether the student is a high achiever or a moderately-paced learner, the A.C.E. curriculum progresses at the exact level of the child’s ability.
Electives and Additional Instruction Programs
In order to enhance the core curriculum, A.C.E. offers a number of other program opportunities and elective courses beneficial to academic growth and development, adding interest and enhancement to the core curriculum and to other learning activities.
Industrial Arts Program
The world has changed since the days when boys were taught to work with their hands in the school industrial arts class. Today schools are closing their shop classes, and opting for technologically advanced courses in computer and information technology, robotics and early engineering classes. This is all well and good; however, it leaves a great gap for those who are interested in the traditional, hands-on classes in trades such as: auto-mechanics, welding, carpentry, auto-body repair, etc.
Once a young man has graduated from our school, he will be able to take the industrial skills that he has achieved while at the home and become self-supporting in an industry that he enjoys, and has gained valuable experience. Life will then reveal to him the need for any further education to excel in his chosen field of endeavor. Often times, he will seek to go into business for himself, and a business degree at a community college or night school will then become his goal.
Although we strive to teach the boys something daily, we have also established a more structured learning environment for them as well. The purpose of this “class” is to teach them applicable life-skills that are beneficial for them to know that they might use later in life, but might not otherwise learn. Skill such as: cooking, how to read/use a map, how to change a tire, budgeting, how to write a check and balance a checkbook, how to properly write a letter, resume building, interview skills, etc. Our goal is to make the biggest impact we can in their lives during their time here, both spiritually and through practical life skills.