Whether you are a current family seeking a supportive and nurturing environment to supplement your child’s education or you are new to the homeschool community, ACES PreK-8 Academy can support you on your journey. We serve families in the far western suburbs of Chicago. Our programs provide parents and learners with additional resources and supports for their home education. Together We Learn Better!
ACES PreK-8 Academy offers half day class for ages 4-6 with an option to add-on an afternoon session to create a full day from 9am-2pm. The Academy classes for ages 6-14 meet from 9am-2pm. Academy days are offered on Tuesdays (ELA/History), Wednesday (STEM) and Thursdays (FUNDAMENTALS). There are NO CLASSES on Mondays and A LA CARTE CLASSES are offered on Fridays.
The ELA focus day (Tuesday) will include further exploration and instruction in the areas of writing, literature (novel studies), comprehension, history at the instructional level appropriate for each class based on the topics for the yearly instructional cycle (see graphics below).
The STEM focus day (Wednesday) will include further exploration and instruction in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math at the instructional level appropriate for each class. Science topics for each class are based for the yearly instructional cycle (see graphics below).
The FUNDAMENTALS day is new to ACES in 2023. This day is a wonderful supplement to our students who attend on the ELA and/or STEM academy days OR it works as a fantastic stand-alone day as well! FUNDAMENTALS students (ages 4-14) begin the day together in a program-wide community meeting. After a quick handwriting skill lesson, it’s time to head outside for snack and some fresh air. But the fun really begins when we return inside and begin our rotations! Each age group completes five rotations in the areas of science, art, math, writing and geography. Three rotations in the morning followed by lunch/outside time and two rotations in the afternoon.
All registered ACES families will have access to additional optional field trips or social experiences to extend the learning of the yearly themes once or twice each month on either Monday or Friday.
All classes are led by teachers; parents drop off students during the sessions. Programs are in session September-May.