What is Accelerated Christian Education?

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Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) is a Christian-based international schooling system that is widely used. It provides an education alternative, relative to learners’ needs. The ACE programme works on results-driven processes rather than conventionally applied time-focussed education curricula.

ACE recognises that each child has a unique learning style with God-given abilities and talents and has developed a learning approach that accommodates learners’ individual capabilities.
The curriculum makes it possible for the learner to achieve their full academic potential. This is the foundation upon which future learning is built.

From preschool to grade 12, each learner discovers how to:

  • set goals and meet deadlines
  • develop critical-thinking skills
  • think creatively and independently

The ACE programme covers the critical outcomes and minimum standards of the National Curriculum Statements (NCS) as prescribed by the Department of Education in South Africa. This includes Learner and Teacher Support Materials (LTSM’s).


The concept of Accelerated Christian Education was started by Dr Donald and Mrs Howard in 1970 in Garland, Texas. Since then ACE has spread to over 142 countries around the world with warehouses located in the USA, Australia, U.K., Canada, Philippines and South Africa.

The office located in Durban has been operating since 1988 and serves all schools using the ACE system in African & Scandinavian countries. Since its beginning ACE has launched over 3 700 schools in total, of which there are 300 schools in SA and around 1400 home schools that are currently active. There are presently over 26 500 students in Africa/Scandinavia involved in this system.

This educational system has been widely accepted by universities and other academic institutions around the world and is registered with the local departments of education.

- Information sourced at ACE Ministries

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