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ACE Academy provides personalized education for gifted learners and cultivates a community of learners who relentlessly pursue inquiry with self-determination and resourcefulness.

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IRS EIN: 74-2913554
Website: http://www.austingifted.org
Email: emccracken@austingifted.org
Phone Number: 512-206-4070
Address: 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
ACE Academy offers a different kind of education for gifted learners. We work to develop talent in all children. We create enjoyment in the classroom for each student, based on their strengths and interests, which then engages them in the classroom experience, their interaction with others, the material that is being presented, and a desire to find out more. This enjoyment and engagement inspires a true enthusiasm for learning for our ACE Academy students and for our Summer Wonders campers, as well. Join us in helping to spread the love of learning so that the limitless potential of these bright young students can unfold!

Impact Statement

Did you know that gifted learners make up six to ten percent of the total student population in the United States? To put this in perspective, the Greater Austin Area is home to over 18,000 gifted students between the ages 4-14.
The full potential of many gifted students is often stifled by schools and systems that have insufficient resources to identify a child's giftedness and then meet his or her needs. Gifted learners who lack adequate educational rigor and support are at risk for underachievement, being bullied, social/emotional challenges, and dropping out of school.
ACE Academy believes in a world where the limitless potential of gifted learners can unfold and where kids can be themselves.
We hire engaging and creative teachers, offer a compacted, challenging, flexible curriculum, and cultivate an environment where our students are inspired by their peers.
Donate today and support the limitless education of Austin's (not-so-distant) future leaders, problem-solvers, and innovators!

Needs Statement

Our ultimate goal is to keep our tuition costs as low as possible and to maintain funds to be used for financial aid and scholarships. So many gifted students could benefit from the personalized education that ACE Academy provides, but lack the financial resources to attend. In order to meet our goals, each year we must raise extra funds from families, board members, staff, community partners, and education supporters like you! Other specific areas for which we are fundraising this year include upgrading our technology infrastructure, updating our classroom spaces with flexible furniture, equipment, and materials to adapt to our students' learning needs, and specialized professional development for our faculty.
$100 buys a STEM computer table or 4 PE tennis racquets.
$300 buys a professional development workshop.
$500 buys a STEM room desktop computer or microscope service & repair or Robotics/3D printing supplies.
$1000 buys a DNA Analysis Kit or a student-use laptop computer.
$5000 buys the remodeling of two classrooms outfitted with flexible learning equipment and furniture.
$10,000 buys a partial scholarship for an ACE Academy student.
At ACE, our daughter is meeting kindred spirits, making friends, and being truly engaged and challenged by the curriculum. In the past, she felt odd and sometimes excluded, and it was hard to find material to challenge her. This is the first time she has truly felt she fit in at any school; furthermore, she's *excited* to go to ACE every day and doesn't always want to leave! We are thrilled for her. -- ACE Parent

Coming to ACE is one of the most amazing things that's ever happened to me. In public school, there are overcrowded classrooms, bullying issues and many other problems. NONE of that carries over to ACE. I immediately found friends, the academics were finally at my level, and the teachers were some of the most amazing PEOPLE I had ever met. There are no issues with bullying, and it feels like home.
-ACE student

In less than a full school year, our daughter's knowledge, confidence and attitude towards learning has grown by leaps and bounds. At first it was hard to see just how much she had advanced until she was attending a Summer camp with non-Ace students. I couldn't possibly imagine her attending school anywhere else.
- ACE Parent

I've never seen my daughter as excited about school as she was when she was at ACE. The faculty and students at ACE are true out-of-the-box thinkers; the curriculum is interdisciplinary and supplemented with as many field trips, guest lecturers, and other experiences as possible. Highly and profoundly gifted students have different educational needs from average students, just as mentally challenged students do. ACE understands that. They know that gifted and talented students need more than extra work and accelerated instruction: they need teaching methods and an educational environment that will retain their interest and feed their hunger for active learning. I recommend ACE wholeheartedly and hope it continues to thrive. - ACE Parent
Google Fiber has offered a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.