ACCELERATED Christian Education (ACE) schools, are known for their individualised system of learning and its incorporated Biblical principles that are in all aspects of the curriculum.
Unlike other schools in the PNG National Education System, where students move to the next grade after a year, students in ACE schools are put into classes according to their level of understanding.
World Changers Christian School (WCCS) at 6-Mile, Saraga Street in Port Moresby, is one example of an ACE school that strives to achieve physical, mental and spiritually capacity of a child.
It is a private Christian school run under the covering of Tabernacle of Prayer Church that begun in 2009 and has more than 300 students, in the different levels – from kindergarten to recently introduced Secondary education.
Principal Nathan Walters said the school provides a good reading programme for pre-schoolers and most that come in without any reading knowledge can now read well.
The curriculum for primary and secondary level is based on Packets of Accelerated Christian Education (PACEs), a prescribed series of workbooks that is ordered from Australia.
“After completing a PACE, the student then sits for a test the next day which he or she will then be graded upon to see whether they are eligible to continue on to the next PACE,” Walters said.
He said the PACE had numbers on them which were equivalent to grades in the main stream education.
The core curriculum includes five basic academic disciplines that fulfill essential educational needs: maths, English, social studies, science and word building.
Despite the school not teaching the approved PNG Education curriculum, he said students who were educated at WCCS could also transfer out to other public schools.
“We have never had problems with our students transferring out as they fit extremely well in the public education system,” he said.
Walters said unlike other ACE schools, WCCS had a more flexible curriculum that suited the growing demand of quality learning.
“There are other extra curricular activities for students, such as sports and physical education. We facilitate for other programmes beneficial to physical, mental, social and spiritual development such as music, educational excursions; and church, charity and community work.”
He said the school had adequate teaching and learning materials which encouraged quality education and had two teachers per class known as a supervisor and monitor.
He said this year the school had introduced secondary level which would graduate its first level 10 certificate students.
These certificates are issued to students upon the completion of a set list of subjects and requirements.
The annual achievement testing using an external and objective achievement test is used to ensure that the students are progressing in their studies.
Students going for tertiary studies also sit the international scholastic aptitude test (SAT) during the last year of their studies.
The SAT gives the student a raw score which tertiary institutions can assess their capacity for tertiary studies.
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