Special Education

Classical to the core


"Excellence, then, being of these two kinds, intellectual and moral, intellectual excellence owes its birth and growth mainly to instruction, and so requires time and experience, while moral excellence is the result of habit or custom.”


Creating … practices, that best support each student.

Because classical educators inherently believe in the great value and potential of each individual and his/her voice, classical schools seek to meet each student where he/she is in skills and ability and to allow all students to be able to participate in the training in learning that takes place in seeking the Good, the True and the Beautiful. With high expectations for all students, it is the intention and practice of our schools to have all students be as close to the general education as possible, in the least restrictive environments --allowing each student to have the supports, accommodations and interventions necessary to have success in learning the intellectual and character expectations provided for each student.

As public charter schools, ACE seeks to build schools with leaders, teachers, and staff who understand and are continually developed with ongoing training in the expectations and practical implementation of applicable laws: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, parents, as primary educators and advocates for their students, play a central role with the school in creating instructional practices, documents, and environments that best support each student.

While the ends of instruction and school-based support are focused on a set curriculum that is fashioned towards intellectual and moral excellence, the means of instruction (i.e. differentiation, scaffolding, etc.) may vary in the support of the student with disabilities or with students who are English Language Learners. Those means not only meet the letter of the law regarding students with disabilities and English learners; they go beyond the letter of the law and adhere to the spirit of classical education.