ACES Tech » Open House Information - 2020

Open House Information - 2020

Introduction

 

ACES Tech is a STEM-focused school opening in Albuquerque in the fall of 2020. We will start with 6th grade only and add a grade each year up to 12th. Electrical engineer and educator Dr. Jeron Campbell is the founder and principal. The mission of the school is to graduate students exceptionally prepared for any college and career of their choice.

 

Academics

 

Our principal and teachers have evaluated highly rated curriculum options for our core areas and selected the following. All of these core curriculum choices fully meet and exceed the national common core and New Mexico curriculum standards.

  • Mathematics - Carnegie Learning
  • English Language Arts - MyPerspectives
  • Science - STEMScopes
  • Social Studies - Cengage/National Geographic

In addition to the core subjects, all ACES Tech students receive instruction in fine arts (music and visual arts), health/physical education, global languages.

 

We use PowerSchool as our student information system (SIS) and Schoology as our learning management system (LMS). These systems allow our teachers to create and manage complete lesson plans online, and to easily track student progress. These systems also provide a convenient platform for students and parents to communicate with teachers at all times.

 

STEM Projects

 

All ACES Tech students will be expected to complete courses which are based upon the completion of individual and group projects. These courses will not have midterms and finals like core classes, but the grade will be based upon successful completion and presentation of the projects. These classes will be great for hands-on learners and will add important real world perspective to the general education coursework. At the middle school level, students will explore a variety of STEM topics. The goal is for them to select the areas that interest them most and dive deeper into researching those areas during the high school grades.

 

Example Project Areas:

  • Computer Hardware - every student will learn to dissasemble and reassemble a CPU.
  • Computer Programming - students will learn basic Python programming.
  • Electric Circuits - students will learn basic electronics and build circuits on a board.
  • Anatomy - students will learn the function of major organs and compare healthy and unhealthy tissues.
  • Infectious Diseases - students will learn about and investigate cases related to viruses, infections, and the immune system.

 

Facilities

 

As a new charter school, we looked at a dozen potential facilities throughout southeast and central Albuquerque. Our current site at 4501 Montgomery Blvd NE was truly the best pick of the options. We are renting the second floor of the building, above the Evangel Christian School. The building was move-in ready and has all of the required up to date occupancy licences, and it also has a very nice gymnasium. We have a great central city location between I-25 and San Mateo Blvd. Our main office is on the first floor, near our entrance, and all of our classrooms are upstairs. Please note that the outside doors remain locked at all times, thus permission via the camera system is required to enter.

 

COVID-19 Readiness Plan

  • The Governor will provide guidance to all public schools regarding opening and safety requirements.
  • ACES Tech will be FULLY ready to provide instruction to our students, whether in our building or online.
  • All students will receive a Windows 10 PC laptop to be used for school related work.
  • Our flexible schedule will be modified to meet any instructional guidelines mandated by the Governor.
  • We will meet all safety guidelines mandated by the Governor to protect our staff and students.